Matt Gross, "The Frugal Traveler," whom we've interviewed before, has a great blog*. When he's on the road, he posts photos, videos and tips. His latest entry, "Research: The Traveler's Best Friend," is particularly helpful. Gross takes us through his process, from Googling the place he plans to visit, to finding a couch to sleep on. A lot goes into every trip... But he reminds us:
The thing about all this preparation is that it never fully prepares me for the sight of a new place, the smell of its streets and the charmingly surprising behavior of its people — the moments of discovery that inspire us to travel in the first place. It does, however, save me — and now, I hope, you — a bit of money.
*You don't have to take my word for it... For his online handywork, Gross just won a Webby.