I always try to read and research a lot about places before I go there. I think it’s important to read more than just the travel guides and actually delve into the history and literature of places I’ll be traveling. It gives me a lot more insight and helps me not feel like an idiot when talking to locals. Here are the books I’ve already read or plan to read in preparation for this trip:
And of course the two essentials:
That’s what I’ve got so far! Please leave any recommendations in the comments!