While my dear friend, Rogene, is a Capricious Traveler, I tend to enjoy planning and learning as much as I can about the country I will be visiting. Although I lose track of time perusing through travel books, I don’t always retain everything I read. Hence, I often can be found carrying one of these guides, as they have come in handy especially when I cannot speak the host country’s language. I think it’s so important to know the basic greetings and phrases when going to another country. I love how these guide books are like the traveler’s CliffsNotes so everything you might need can be found in there.
Though I don’t normally carry my travel book when I am actually visiting landmarks while abroad, during my visit to Greece with one of my friends the travel book became our bible. Since we were stranded and didn’t have much with us, it helped us as we navigated from island to island. I guess now with modern technology travel books might be obsolete as more and more folks are using their smartphones and tablets to help them on their journey abroad.
But, I guess I am still old fashion and I love to hold a map in my hands when I am exploring my new surroundings. I like knowing my bearings so I don’t get lost too much on my journey.
Since I don’t have much time on my hands to go on a journey, I will have to just be content losing myself and wandering about exploring a new place through my travel books.
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