GREAT I said to myself I’m going traveling around the world like I had dreams of so many times before. It was then I did what everybody does. I jumped on Google and like someone trying to diagnose their illness online, attempted to find a road map someone else had planned and solved for me.
First point of call was the lonely planet website. They make all these guide books I remembered seeing at the local book shop, how could I go wrong. A quick look about and I’d picked out some guide books I was going to buy the next time I was out. Onto the forums I went and after deciphering exactly what section I wanted to be in, I read with a thirst.
Next a link to a bloggers website who claimed to have the perfect travel itinerary. I jumped from blog to blog, everybody with what they thought was the best way to see Europe or Asia or America. Bookmarking each blog as I went the information overload beginning to build.
I had found several blogs that I kept coming back too. Surely these people had the answer i just needed to look harder. I read stories of paris sewers, how to maximise your travel time and that stonehenge still rocks.
It was then that it dawned on me, there is no perfect travel book or itinerary to kill all other itineraries. Each of the blogs I had read all worked, but they worked for that person. I needed to have my own adventure, my own plan.
Sure there were common places in Europe to visit like Paris and Amsterdam. But why follow little johnny to a tiny village in the south of France just to see that statue of his great grandfather when it had no significance to me.
With that thought in mind I deleted my bookmarks. I loaded up google and instead of searching for the answer, I searched for fun. I looked for things that might interest me and began building my own little travel story.
Some of the great blogs I did find (the ones that stuck in my head after deleting my bookmarks) can be found on my Travel Links page. Hopefully they will help you plan the pages of your travel book like they are mine.