Tips for the regional.htm page …
A relief to image finding, the regional page was more of an informational page that we built. I found some good sources and the CIA source was VERY useful. I did also find a lot of different sources on different sites so I tried to verify the credibility of the sites before I used them. I didn't realize Italy was as populated as it was!
I didn't really bother to use this site until now, but Wiki Travel can be very helpful when deciding what to put in the regional section, especially if it is harder to find things out about your country.
I found this assignment to be challenging. I had to find an abundance of sources in order to properly put together a regional page that travelers would be not only interested but correctly informed. I thought the most interesting part of the assignment was the physical geography section. I enjoyed learning the differences in climate and physical landscape.
I'm always surprised to find the websites like the CIA are actually incredibly useful and provide loads of information. I was also slightly surprised at how much I'm still using the links and maps and other sites I've collected as resources throughout past assignments and how each one applies to the next in order to make it easier. I definitely appreciate the extra boost it provides for getting assignments done quicker.
I found the CIA world fact database to be the most helpful, but the US state department site was also very helpful. Lonely planet was a good general summary as far as I am concerned.
was a very interesting assignment. After doing research, I was happy to learn
more about the place I want to visit. I've actually been at the hospital all
week for my sister's surgery, but I managed to finish the assignment with all
the time I had. It's very fun to understand more about the physical and human
geography as well as the economy of my destination. I was able to incorporate a
lot of sources from different websites. For data, I mainly used the country's
government website, and that was very useful.
I am looking forward to the itinerary assignment. It'll be cool to finally put everything together. As I look back at the past assignments, I've noticed how useful it has become in planning the trip. I especially liked the images assignment, even though it took a long time to finish. But everything seems like a part of the final piece, now :) I'll be traveling right after this class is over, so, I am definitely looking forward to that as well.
The CIA's World Fact Book and the State Department's both had lots of information. It is nice to see that our tax dollars do something worthwhile besides killing people. I was a bit relieved also that Dr. Peterson doesn't share the same phobia that every other teacher or professor has about Wikipedia. The Nicaragua page had over 150 sited references, plus gave links to further published reading. I found some of the same information across the gov't sites and Wikipedia to be the same, so it shows that it is correct information. Each assignment we do, makes me want to go back as soon as possible, since I wasn't able to do much site seeing last time I was there. Crossing my fingers till that chance comes.
I read a lot of information on Greece and did a lot of web searches. Then I did most of the writing while sitting in a hospital room with no internet access and only a couple of the books with me. Today, back to internet access again and I was able to pull references in pretty quickly. I also ended up using links I had bookmarked earlier in the assignment. I'm anxious to get the itinerary page underway before it's my turn back at the hospital vigil. The demographic, weather, and economic links I've used for these assignments are excellent resources beyond this class. This was fun!
Were in the home stretch!
I found using the Lonely Planet Travel Guide very helpful for this assignment. Each of the topics we need to address had a small section in the guide book. The US State Department's website was also a big help, with their 'background notes' on each country.