When traveling I am in favor of primary city hopping and I usually try to get information about 4 distinctive areas of interest:
- How to travel from A to B? Like: by plane, train, car or by boat? (I hate buses).
- How is B looking? Maps, pictures and descriptions (what you usually look for in a paper guide)
- How are the people of B?
- Things to do in B? Bars, restaurants, theaters, musea, scenic parts
With respect to all areas it is very easy to get tons of information via the Internet except for question 3: “How are the people of B?”. The more I surf around, the more I believe the expat Blogging community is the community to revert to: They give you a wonderful insight in the idiosyncrasies of the people you will meet in B.
One example of what I mean with idiosyncrasies can be found in this post : 51 Tips: An irreverent guide to international travel behavior from the Los Angeles Times (via The Worldhum Travel Zeitgeist): a simple list of do’s and don’ts in various countries.
One of my aims with this Blog is to make foreigners more aware of how the Dutch are. Therefore, I like to introduce you to an expat living in The Hague: Jenn in Holland, living in The Hague, who describes her adventures sometimes in a hilarious way in her Blog Something to say about Life in The Netherlands. Enjoy reading.