What could be more fun that planning a great vacation? Gathering maps, guides, travel videos, and language courses will put you on the right path. Especially if you are an independent traveler, you will need all the information and help that you can find before embarking on that joyous journey. You can start out by perusing beautiful travel videos of various places around the world. Great Journeys sells over 3,850 travel videos to almost every nook and cranny of the world.
Once you have decided where you would like to travel, then the next step is to obtain maps and guide books of that area. Great Journeys sells over 14,500 different maps to countries and cities all around the world, and carries over 5,000 different guide books. Even hard-to-find regional and provincial maps are listed so you can get up-close and personal to your favorite destinations. Take a walking tour of London, or drive through the fascinating Puglia region of Italy and see all the little towns that give this region its unique charm. Trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro, or just take a lazy cruise down the Rhine River valley in Germany. Experience the Elephant festival in Kandy, Sri Lanka, and be intoxicated by the dancing and the brilliant colors that will take you back in time when the world was a more innocent place. Stroll down the back lanes in Kathmandu and lose yourself to the twinkling of bells from the wooden temples. Marvel at the cave houses in Cappadocia in Turkey, and meander through the backwaters of Kerala in India in your own wooden houseboat pushed along with native guides using poles. The world is your oyster so to speak, and just letting yourself dream of faraway places and then obtaining the necessary resources to make the perfect trip is all part of the fun of a great vacation.
And finally, why not learn a few words of the language to endear yourself to the local populace. "Mai pen rai" ('never mind' or 'no problem') you might say in Thailand. Or a simple "Bon jour" in France will make you feel as though you are getting to be part of the local culture. Great Journeys lists over 1,000 different language courses, from beginner to advanced, covering approximately 200 different languages. It's easy and fun. Yes, you can now speak Igbo like a native when you travel to Nigeria, or Laotian if you're thinking of traveling to Laos, or any of the more popular European languages.
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