I didn’t do much travel planning this weekend. I did however pickup a few items for my trip. I’m a big fan of Streetwise Maps. Before my last trip, I purchased Streetwise maps of all of the major cities I’d be visiting. It turned out that they provide maps to everyone in each city so they weren’t really necessary, but I found that it was much easier to locate important landmarks on my Streetwise maps.
These maps are laminated and fold up nicely. On my day in Venice, my map really came in handy since it was raining. A normal paper map would have gotten soaked, but my Streetwise map handled it quite well.
I purchased maps of Dublin, Trieste and Prague. I got the Dublin map because I’ll be there for 2 days on my own. I am going to take the Dover to Calais ferry and will travel on land from then on, Even though I don’t need a map of Prague because my friend will give me one, I wanted to get it so I could plan some of my activities a little better.
I also purchased two books. I got Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks and Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson. I’ve read Bryson before and really enjoyed his writing. And the Tony Hawks book came highly recommend by my friend Skippy.