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Lonely Planet v Rough Guide

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11. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

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

My sentiments alike. I find these books expensive(in my country) and heavy. And these days, one could pretty much get all the info online. If nothing else, i'll just go to the library and borrow them, scan the useful stuff - maps, contact numbers, websites etc, zip them and throw into the PDA.

12. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

I have a deep and unmovable hatred for the lonely planet. A girl i was sharing a taxi with in Thailand refused to pay the driver because he wanted to charge 10 baht more than what her lonely planet guide said. She refused to get out the vehicle, and he refused to move. She was really stubborn and was stopping my brother and I getting to the beach, so we dumped her rucksack out the back, we even offered to pay the extra for her, but she insisted it was the principle of the matter. The girl in question was Belgian i think, but i don't want to hate Belgians, so hating the lonely planet is much easier.

I do find it a little sad when people refuse to go by anything other than prices in the guide book.

13. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

get the information before you go from lots of sources and then leave the bulky giude books at home.

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

Quoting daveh

"...it was the principle of the matter. I do find it a little sad when people refuse to go by anything other than prices in the guide book..."

Travel guide/reference books can be interesting to read before travelling to whet your appetite, and provide background information. However, I've really formed some negative views from them before even arriving in a place. At times, what you don't know ... won't hurt you. Your own common sense,instincts and luck usually act as good guides when you actually have your feet on the own ground abroad.

With respect to "principle", they are not worth a pinch of the proverbial when it comes down to law. The girl should've established the price before the journey NOT afterwards

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

Quoting Wocca

Quoting daveh

"...it was the principle of the matter. I do find it a little sad when people refuse to go by anything other than prices in the guide book..."

Travel guide/reference books can be interesting to read before travelling to whet your appetite, and provide background information. However, I've really formed some negative views from them before even arriving in a place. At times, what you don't know ... won't hurt you. Your own common sense,instincts and luck usually act as good guides when you actually have your feet on the own ground abroad.

Absolutely right Wocca. Its hard not to take what a guidebook says as gospel sometimes. If you read a bad review of something you have to really try not to carry that pre-conceived idea with you, but make up your own mind when you get somewhere.

For the most part though, guidebooks can be a massive help when you are starting out. I find them most useful for just getting directions and finding out the basics. Once I have arrived somewhere I tend to discard them pretty quickly.

16. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

lonely planet all the way for me!!
Lauren
however, i've never actually traveled with RG, so i shouldn't say it's any worse, it's just that i don't know what it's like...!!;)

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

Thanks for your opinions everyone. Ive ordered one of each guide from the internet quite cheaply now. I think they will be good for some background reading and for easy reference. I guess theres always the option of dumping them en route if they start taking up valuable space in my rucksack...

18. Posted by Orbit (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

My tactic so far for my travel plans is to start with a glossy (of course I want to get an idea of what a place is like), figure out where I want to go then go for a Rough uide or something where I can get the finer details. Most of the glossys are aimed at the package holiday tourist but they are great for showing off to your mates to make them jealous :)

19. Posted by alaskangrl (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

I think that you should check out 'lets go'!! In traveling through asia I have found LG to be infinatly more useful then the respective LP and RG! Much less well known, and therefor it also has a bit of seceretive info!
Good luck

20. Posted by nicoledean (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

Hi kerry,
You said you ordered one of each quite cheaply,
I was wondering where you ordered them and how much you paid? Thanks