Recently, while at the annual UFOP meeting I met some physicists who like to travel around to amatuer paleo sites, do digs, and visit museums. They also have their own blog, The Paleo-Tourist about their travels and paleo adventures. I recommend it as a good way for people wanting to get into paleontology but not sure how. It shows how a couple of amateurs do it. It also doesn't hurt that they referenced me in a post either.