For my fellow summer travelers, actually, just friends that are traveling this summer since my plans to travel have been thwarted by the untimely death of our refrigerator (did I mention it sometime stinks to be an adult?), I thought I would suggest to you to invest into a guide book. No, not the freebies that AAA will hand over if you go smile and say, "Ft. Lauderdale, Florida information please" then add another quick smile. I am talking about the Frommer’s Guides or the Guidebooks from National Georgraphic Traveler. Guide books like these give you a virtual tour guide of the nooks and crannies of tourist destaintions. They provide you insights you wouldn’t have seen on a travel brochure promoting hidden beautiful white sandy beaches. These books tell you better ways to hit the road to get where you want to get going (but you still might make circles if Andy is driving). The guidebooks can be dog-earred and posted noted (is that a word?) before an itinerary is set– even before you leave the house.
Lest you think that a fifteen dollar book won’t be worth money well spent… on the contrary– You will get the most out of your three-thousand dollar vacation. Just as long as you don’t leave it on the counter when you are packing your bags. We did that when we went to D.C. and could have kicked ourselves! Happy vacationing!