Skip Navigation

TravelGuides

Travel Forums General Talk TravelGuides

1. Posted by Asheila (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

What is the best travel-guide... from experience?

2. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 10y

The thinnest and smallest one. You won't want to carry a brick around all day long.

3. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 10y

I would have to disagree, the smallest ones dont have crap in them, just the very basic, most touristy junk in them and who really wants to do what evryone else is. i always go for the thick cause they give you so much more and you can always just rip out pages for a day that you want to do.

4. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

s_hoot,
You tear pages out of the Lonely planet guide books!!!
That's worse than dumping the Koran down a toilet.

Anthony

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Ok, nobody shoot me...but I really like Fodor's....let the pummeling begin..........

6. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 10y

Hi
The trick is and I'am not joking is "photostat" the necessary pages from your Lonely Planet book and stick them in your cargo pocket,you can do this on a daily basis.
And I'am still not joking,most places in the world have a photostat machine in their village/town as it is a very necessary evil in todays world,probally one in the hostel.
I'am only talking about Asia,India,Central/South America not the gobi desert.
al de bes

7. Posted by ValleyBri (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

From my experience there is no such thing as the best travel guide. Every guide within a certain brand will be written by a different writer, someone who knows the area. I usually read as many as I can, cross-reference and then bring the one that is the most concise. Oh, and specific prices for things is usually the biggest selling point for me, none of this "moderate" crap.

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

I have purchased Lonely Planet, Fodors, Moon Guides and Brandt in my travels. Lonely Planet is more budget focused, whereas Fodors was a little more upscale. Otherwise, not much difference between them. If an option exists at the book store, I will usually flip through all of them and decide that way. Though I often find that only one of the guides will be available, and I end up getting whatever is being sold.

Quoting jackboy

The trick is and I'am not joking is "photostat" the necessary pages from your Lonely Planet book and stick them in your cargo pocket,you can do this on a daily basis.

I do this too, with the maps mainly, so I have a map of the town. This is if I can't get myself a free map of the town in another way. Often tourist bureaus have maps, or if you know where you are going you can print a map off an online site (this worked well for Hong Kong and Brussels for me recently, and is free!)

Recently, I have taken to just printing stuff off the internet. Lonely planet has decent enough free stuff online, and the local tourism boards usually have a site as well.

Greg