What do monkeys, monasteries, and banana milkshakes all have in common? They are all part of my most memorable travel moments. Whether it’s a last-minute weekend camping getaway or a more extensive planned out affair, travel feeds my adventurous heart. Each year I anxiously await the arrival of Spring – the season of spring breaks. It’s the time to break free from our normal lives and go on an adventure!
Before I start planning any adventure, I ask myself a few questions: How much time and money do I have? Do I want to immerse myself in another culture? Do I want to relax on the beach? Do I want to have an active vacation? Answers to all of these questions help to determine what kind of adventure to plan for. The library should be any traveler’s first stop on their journey. Fontana Regional Library has many books to help dream, plan, and realize a multitude of trips.
For the armchair traveler or for those that are dreaming of trips to come, check out our NextReads Armchair Travel Newsletter for a number of titles to whet your appetite for adventure. National Geographic’s Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips and Secret Journey’s of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Best Hidden Travel Gems provide stunning visual trip ideas.
If the previous suggestions failed to inspire an adventure, there is always Patricia Schultz’s 1,000 Places to See Before You Die or Frommer’s 500 Places to See Before They Disappear. Conversely, if you are looking for places to avoid on your travels then Catherine Price’s humourous 101 Places Not to See Before You Die should be right up your alley. If humanitarian work is what you seek, check out Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others by McMillon, Cutchins, and Geissinger.
Once a destination and trip type has been decided upon, it’s time to plan! Different travelers plan to different extents. Some travelers pick up a guidebook, hop on a plane or in a car and leave the rest to fate. Others spend hours doing research and planning everything out. The rest fall somewhere in between. Regardless of travel style, most people have an idea of what they would like to accomplish on their adventures. Guidebooks help travelers learn about what’s available in certain destinations from food to lodging to attractions and activities. Before heading out the door, The Smart Traveler’s Passport: 399 Tips from Seasoned Travelers by Erik Torkells is a fun read and provides a variety of unique travel tips.
Of course, regardless of how much you prepare, everything doesn’t always go as planned. You may miss a flight or an attraction you desperately wanted to visit is closed or you have to suddenly leave a country in the midst of a revolution. Nevertheless, travelers have to learn to be flexible. In fact, many great travel stories evolve out of situations that were unexpected. So enjoy your spring break adventures and create your own memorable travel moments!
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