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1. Posted by kerry21 (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

Hey there,

Im going to buy some travel guide books for my RTW trip and was wondering whether anyone can advise me whether to buy lonely planet or rough guides?? Are they the same or does one have more detail suitable for backpackers?

Any opinion welcome! Thanks, Kerry.

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi Kerry,

I'm a Rough Guide girl all the way. I just really like them, although some of them tend to be a bit bulky. Ive loaned copies to ppl in the past who have hated them for their lack of glossy pictures and wordy descriptions, but I find that they give you very specific directions. And reviews of hostels, hotels, restaurants etc are always spot on, in my experience. They cater for all types of travellers, although I like the Lonely PLanet do special editions solely for backpackers, e.g. South East Asia on a Shoestring, etc.

I find the Rough Guides are not just a pocket travel guide, there's quite a lot of background history for the countries/regions in question which I always enjoy reading.

Maybe try and get a loan of one of each from friends or something and see which you prefer???;)

HTH

Ev

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I'm a rough guide fan too....

It might be because my first guidebook ever was a rough guide (the Thailand one, nicked by someone somewhere on Koh Pha Ngan ... ah, the memories :) ), but I don't think so. It just seemed to be very complete and have good info.

But LP's are good too, I can't say any differently. They've also started using members from their forum for their guidebooks which probably offers some interesting insights others might not be able to provide...

Sam

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

As an afterthought:

Check out www.roughguides.com to get a flavour of what they are like....

Ev

5. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

I've used Lonely Plant everytime, but rough guide is better for Europe. But then footprints are equally as good sometimes....very difficult, some books are better for certain areas, all depends on the traveller who wrote it.

6. Posted by AJ_B (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Id have to vote for LP

Both are great books but there just something about LP that agrees with me more. You'll also find that you will prob stick with one or the other rather than use 1 for some countries and 1 for others due to getting used to their respective layouts and content etc

7. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

I have to say Im an LP chick!Think its coz the first solo trip I did was to New York where i was staying for several weeks alone, working out there, it was my first time to America too and I took my Lonely Planet with me and it was such a great help!It had everything in I needed to know!Sad as it may sound, it had real sentimental value to me coz I filled it with little notes and it had loads of phone numbers and email addresses that Id written in......I lent it to a couple of mates of mine a few months back and was wondering why they were taking so long in returning it...i eventually asked and was told the terrible fate of my LP.....it had vanished!!!!Since got a new one but it aint the same!!!How sad is that, sentimental over a book!!!!About to embark on a RTW trip and have opted for the Lonely planets all the way, i feel they are more specific myself!

8. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 11y

I have a couple of both, but I never end up using the books. When I'm actually on the road I tend to find all my info on the net - Lonely PLanet and Rough Guide have travel sites and of course theres heaps more info out there. Saves me carrying heavy books around!

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

It's interesting to read the Rough Guides people saying they like RG because they cover more history and background on the places. I was just reading an article the other day on LP, and they are cutting back more and more on those chapters - so looks like you RG people will like RG even more.

I personally don't stick with a certain brand. I have bought RG, LP, Moon and Brandt guides in the past, and stolen a Frommer's guide off a friend of mine in Costa Rica. I usually spent a good portion of time in the book store looking at the various guides for a location, and deciding which one I like the layout and information in the best.

I really like my Brandt guide for Tanzania.

Greg

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I've usually referred to Lonely Planet in the past. But nowadays, it's simpler to just get information online. Especially through a travel forum such as TP