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

Travel Video Store (videos to buy)

Netflix (travel videos to stream)

Top Ten Movies set in France

Movies Filmed in England

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

Directories of resources

Directory of on-line travel magazines

European Tourist Offices


European Travel photo websites

Travel Images Pick a country and take a look

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

Travel Photo A professional photographer’s photos

European Travel Forums / Message Boards

Slow Europe travel forums Highly recommended!!

Trip Advisor forums for Europe Highly-active forums



Rick Steves Graffiti Wall

Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Travel Forum