Deciding Where to Go

How do you decide where to go in Europe, especially if you’ve never been there before?  Many people head for the famous, big cities and often miss out on special places that aren’t dominated by tourists.  I suggest learning all you can about Europe using a wide variety of sources.  Talk to friends about their trips. Look through guidebooks and coffee table books.  Watch movies and read books set in Europe.  Watch travel programs and videos.  Browse travel websites and sign up for their newsletters.  Read online trip reports and blogs and look at travel photos.  Write to tourist offices and get free literature.  As you learn more about possible European destinations, you’ll find that some places draw you closer and appeal to something deep inside.

Travel magazines

National Geographic Traveler

Frommers Budget Travel

Travel and Leisure

Condé Nast Travel

International Travel News

National Newspapers with good travel sections

Most of these newsletters send out a periodic travel newsletter, which include links to their latest articles and information on travel deals.  You can register for newsletters on the website.

New York Times

Washington Post

Wall Street Journal

Travel videos; movies and books set in Europe

Cotswolder Amazon store  (Books, movies and maps related to the Cotswolds area of England)

Slow Europe Amazon store  (Guidebooks, memoirs and novels related to Europe)

Longitude Books

Travel Video Store (videos to buy)

Netflix (travel videos to stream)

Movies about Italy or set in Italy

Top Ten Movies set in France

Movies Filmed in England

Fictional Cities (books set in London, Venice & Florence)

Top Five Books set in France

Amazon Booklists for Italy and Specific Cities/Regions

Directories of resources

Directory of on-line travel magazines

Directory of travel publications and on-line magazines

Top 5 magazines for France

On-line magazines on Italy

European Tourist Offices

Websites for European Tourist Offices


European Travel photo websites

Travel Images Pick a country and take a look

Go Europe Directory to photo galleries for Europe

Pictures of Places Links to travel photography, organized by country.

Travel Photo A professional photographer’s photos

European Travel Message Boards



Boots n All

Rick Steves Graffiti Wall

Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Travel Forum