I enjoy the preparation and research for a trip. Tapping the knowledge of my world traveler friend Greg was extremely helpful--he even loaned me several of his travel books. Of course, I had to get the Rick Steves 2009 London, Paris, and Great Britain travel guides used online from www.half.com. It's a big kick to have a general idea of what you're going to do and how to get around. You can always ask for help but it's good not to be clueless. The Trip Advisor website has a ton of info and reviews from travelers. I checked out the hotel in Paris on that site. I found my Edinburgh hotel on www.booking.com.