Tuesday, September 13, 2005


I think I covered the Wondering in my last post (see the four questions I raised).

As for Webbing, I have been working on a search strategy. I expect travel guides to be a major part of my research and I would like to find some that are specifically focused on traveling with kids. I know from past experience that I find Rick Steves' [http://www.ricksteves.com] travel guides to be helpful, so I will probably start with those and branch out. More specifically, I want travel guides on Rome, walking tours, things to do outdoors, and ruins, ruins, ruins (for Liam).

Next up, websites. I am going to try both Google and the travel directory on Yahoo! For Google, I will probably start with a search like travel* AND Italy AND (kid* OR famil* OR child*) and browse from there.

Another source that I would like to explore is a good travel magazine. I'm not sure which one yet, but I'm hoping I'll come across some recommendations in the guide books or online. If not, I'll do an internet or database search (maybe Inspire has some non-academic magazines indexed?)

Also from previous experience, I know to look for national and regional tourism boards. They were very helpful in planning our trip to Ireland in 1999. [Ireland photos] I plan to look for them online, but I will also send away for printed brochures, because often you can get more information in a packet than is available on the website.

A good museum guide would be helpful. I don't know much about art history, so I will enjoy the museums more if I know the significance of what I'm looking at. I think the same will be true for Liam. If they are just a bunch of old pictures, he won't care, but if I can get him interested in the subjects or the artists in some kind of historical perspective, it might make museum time much less boring for him and more peaceful for me.

Lastly, I would like to find a good, child-centered phrase book of Italian for travelers. I think it will be very helpful for Liam (and me) to learn at least a little Italian before we go. I think he will feel less intimidated by the language barrier if he can order his own gelato or ask how to find the bathroom. I have also heard that in the countryside it is less common to find English speakers, and I would like to spend a large portion of our time outside of the cities.

So, the first thing I am going to do is consult the Monroe County Public Library's online catalog to see what they have in their travel section. I might also browse Amazon.com to see what they have, but I'll wait to buy any guidebooks until right before we go, so I can get the latest edition. Then, I'll do my internet searching.


At 8:54 AM, Blogger Jennifer Perry said...

Looking back at this, I think I need to more specifically state all the research questions that I considered. Some of them got thrown out as I focused the project.

General Italy Trip Planning Questions

Which cities/regions should we visit?

How will we get around? By train, rent a car, both?

What time of year should we visit?

Where should we stay in each region? What kinds of accomodations will suit us best: hotels, bed & breakfasts, rental apartments, monastaries, castles, rooms in a farmhouse? Factor in cost, location, amenities, etc.

What should we see? How will we balance the sightseeing so that everyone is happy? How can I get Liam to tolerate or even enjoy the art museums?

What should kinds of activities can we do beforehand to make the most of the trip?

Putting it all in order

1. Which cities/regions should we visit?

2. What should we see?

a. balancing the activities so everyone has fun

b. helping Liam enjoy the "educational" things like art museums

3. What should we do before we go?

These are the biggies. Everything else can wait and is not a focus in my inquiry project. Maybe they can become inquiry projects of their own.


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