Usually, when I start planning a trip or I’ve bought my plane tickets, I head to the nearest book store to peruse the travel section and decide if there are any Lonely Planet or Rough Guide books I need. I’ve always been partial to LP because they fit my style of travel and budget options. I like middle of the road but with flexibility. I don’t need a fancy hotel because I would rather spend moeny on food, sightseeing, or any activities. However, if there is a great discount or package deal I can use to stay somewhere nice, I am not against luxury, not in the slightest.
When I started planning my trip to Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, I quickly discovered that there is one English speaking guide (and it didn’t really suit me) and that I would have to use the internet a lot more than I usually do for every aspect. I’ve been following Faroe Islands Instagram accounts, searching for blogs, and using the official tourist site, quite a bit. I have so many things pinned on my pinterest board for the trip (another tip of mine, since you can pin on the go and look later), I think my time there must be maximized and planned out much more than my time in Copenhagen because of the logisitics of getting around the islands and because I am running a race the first full day I am there. There is a lot to see and I want to see as much as I can.
I definitely do use all of the sources I’ve mentioned for planning sightseeing, finding landmarks, etc, and the internet for restaurants, shopping, bars, etc. I just was really thrown for a loop when I couldn’t find more than one book published in English about the Faroe Islands. I hope that when I come back, I can have somewhat of an extensive guide for any friends on what to see and what to do and can encourage others to visit. Right now when I say where I’m going most people ask “where?”