Being prepared for a trip gives you a better chance to enjoy your upcoming trip even before you head out the door. In most countries, there are tourist information services that can provide you with guide books, as well as a great variety of planners, booklets, brochures, maps, and everything necessary to make your trip a unique experience to have as much fun as possible during your stay in whatever destination you chose.
In fact, not only through official and service channels can you get guide books, maps, and other material to plan your trip but also through books stores where there is a wide range of resources and advice for anyone, whether you are traveling on a luxurious budget or a slim budget. One of these notorious resources which have attained fame for its commercial success is Route 66, Traveler’s Guide and Roadside Companion by Tom Snyder.
“It’s tempting to think of old Route 66, stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, as a happy accident”, introduces Bobby Troup who is considered the first modern guide to driving Route 66, a USA Highway that became the most famous road in the American highway system and possibly the most storied highway in the world, that originally ran from Chicago, Illinois through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California before ending at the beach at Santa Monica for a total distance of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).
This Traveler’s Guide depicts the importance and use of Guide Books, being such a long way to follow up, it would be hard to make the whole route 66 without maps and other useful readable tools to complete the trip satisfactorily. Tom Snyder not only compiled the main points and attractions alongside the road from its starting point to its opposite end, but he has thoughtfully separated the driving directions.
Guide Books like these include his trove of route 66-related anecdotes named “Roadside Companion” to make the guide even more useful. Additionally to this fact, one of the book’s most distinctive features are several reproductions of period maps from the Automobile Club of Southern California, over which the route of the modern Interstate was superimposed, giving the reader at a glance a perspective of the road ahead before starting the trip itself.
If you are wondering how guide books may serve you, have a look at Route 66, Traveler’s Guide, and Roadside Companion to find the answer, though a book that is fun to read and helpful for planning a Route 66 drive, to use as an example to learn how to plan for many other travels to any other location worldwide.
Eric Odom is an avid backpacker who runs student travel websites for a living. His latest site can be found at www.backpackearth.com
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