with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

Know Before You Go: What Do You Want to Know Before You Go?

Brent poses in front of an old monastary in Jericho, Israel, photograph by Lorelle VanFossenWhat do you want to know before you go?

As part of our long series of articles on Know Before You Go, travel information you need to know before you hit the road traveling, we invite you to ask us questions about what you need to know before you go?

We will be covering a wide range of topics from packing to security, for general travelers and traveling photographers. And we want to answer your questions and learn what you want to know before you travel?

Where are you going? Heading overseas? Going for work or pleasure? What about traveling in the US? Are you coming overseas to explore North America for a week or a couple months? Want to rent a motor home or trailer and travel the “open road”? What to do “Route 66”? Or see Disney World or Disneyland or the great natural wonders of the Grand Canyon or Rocky Mountains? Or do you live in the states and want to see more of it? Are you thinking of buying a trailer, RV, or motor home? Or just roughing it in a tent? What do you want to know before you go?

Ask your questions in our comments below and we’ll put together some answers in a week or two, helping you to learn more about travel and life on the road.

And stay tuned for more things you need to know before you go.


  • Melanie Austin
    Posted September 14, 2007 at 15:35 | Permalink

    I want to buy a laptop and camcorder for use while in Israel as well as the US.

    Are there prticular makes and models I should consider?

    Also, what is the best transformer and adapter kits?

  • Posted September 15, 2007 at 0:42 | Permalink

    You can buy any laptop or camcorder you want, as long as it meets your needs and has a 220/120 power converter built in with an adaptable/interchangeable plugin. That comes with most new laptops, though I know nothing of camcorders. I do hope you are looking for a digital camera or digital video camera instead of an old camcorder.

    As for best transformers and adapters. I have no “best”. I buy what’s cheap in adapters as they tend to be mostly the same – lasting as long as they last. I’d buy a transformer in Israel. They are expensive and heavy, so why pay for the weight for shipping or overload your luggage and possibly pay for luggage fees.

    But you don’t need them if what you will be using has an auto-switching transformer built in.

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