For most of my life, I have relied on Lonely Planet guidebooks to point the way when travelling. I don’t often use their recommendations to eat or hotels to stay at. However, I like their important background facts on a country. I like to know what the voltage is. I like to know what the typical food is. I also like to have a map or two available to me.
So, today, I went to the library to take out the guide to Costa Rica. For reasons unclear to me, Thursday morning is prime time in the parking lot at the library. Every space was taken up. I circled the lot twice looking for a spot. Rather than lurk at the entrance, hoping I could spot someone leaving and tail them to their spot, I decided to do another errand and return.
When I got back to the library 30 minutes later, the situation had not changed. I had borrowed my mother’s car, which came equipped with a disability sticker that would have allowed me to park in the designated spot–except that it wouldn’t have. The sticker is for her when she is in the car, not for the car itself. I know these rules and despite that fact that many people would take advantage of the situation, I did not. I will not.
So, I circled the streets around the lot and found nothing in the area. I began to suspect that something besides the library was drawing a crowd that morning. I never found out what it was, but I am sure it was something.
I passed through the lot again, planning on going home and returning later. Then, my luck changed and there was an open spot. I snagged it and inwardly felt that the omens for my vacation were positive.
Sadly, all the copies of the guidebook had been taken out and there were several reserve holds in case they came back before I left. There weren’t any other guidebooks from other publisher available either. I guess half of my town will be going to Costa Rica with me. Based on the rather cold temperatures, I don’t blame them.
When I told another person that I was going to take a guidebook with me that asked why. They told me that I could find everything on the internet and that it would be much more up to date. They said I could easily look up restaurants near the hotels that I was staying at.
I suppose all of that is true. So, now, perhaps I should embrace modern travel methods. Though I wouldn’t call myself internet savvy, I can find my way around. I have a smart phone and all of the hotels that I will be staying at in Costa Rica will come internet equipped. I had planned on using my phone to blog and send jealousy inducing pictures to friends, family, and Instagram followers. So, now it will have more uses.
Here’s to trying something new.