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1. Posted by none (Full Member 70 posts) 10y

Surely most of us carry a travel guide when travelling. I want to know which one do you find best among the two ones I think are the best:

LONELY PLANET or ROUGH GUIDES?

Which one do you prefer? Why?

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

This thread might help: http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=11096

3. Posted by none (Full Member 70 posts) 10y

Aye, thank you.

Certainly, it's a silly act buying travel books when internet gives us the best guide.

Anyway, I haven't yet seen any kind of comments about the Rough Guides. What do you think about them? Are they useful? Each time I see them in the bookstore I cannot avoid thinking they look very readable and with much more text than Lonely Planet ones. But I haven't hear the experiences of the travellers using them.

4. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 10y

I think as the other thread says it's a matter of choice. The best advice I can give you is to get both guides out of your library and compare. Whichever you find the easiest to read/prefer the layout etc go for that one.

I personally prefer Lonely Planet, supplemented by internet research notes.

Donna

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Quoting karlmunch

Aye, thank you.

Certainly, it's a silly act buying travel books when internet gives us the best guide.

Anyway, I haven't yet seen any kind of comments about the Rough Guides. What do you think about them? Are they useful? Each time I see them in the bookstore I cannot avoid thinking they look very readable and with much more text than Lonely Planet ones. But I haven't hear the experiences of the travellers using them.

I've used Rough Guides a few times and like them (personally I prefer them over LP). The last time I used one was at least 3 years ago though. These days I just do some research online, book a few initial nights accommodation online, pack my bag and leave; much more exciting, but that's just my personal preference of course :)

6. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 10y

I went to Croatia last year and used the Rough Guide to plan my travel and to know the best places to go to for dinner or a night out. A friend of mine used the Lonely Planet, and after a while we both agreed that the Rough Guide was better, because it contains a lot more and better information. It is also funny to notice that the restaurants and pubs from the listings in the LP are more touristy than the ones listed in the RG.
The only aspect in which the Lonely Planet stands out is the clearness of the small maps in the books. The maps in the LP are more detailed and especially clearer than the ones in the RG.
Internet is of course also a great source, but only in those countries where the internet penetration is high. If not, you're probably better off using a guide.

7. Posted by Intrepid A (Budding Member 70 posts) 10y

Hello,
I have numerous travel guides Lonely Planet, Rough Guides & Footprints.
A number of them cross the same destinations & after comparison I am happy to say if I have a choice of Rough Guide of Lonely Planet I will always opt for the Rough Guide. They seem to be more 'honest' about places & are generally a bit cheaper. They are also as user friendly [if not more so] than Lonely Planet.

Footprints are the best of all three with regard detail & content in my opinion but they are a bit 'dry' to read i.e. not that user friendly & sometimes contain an information overload.

Just personal opinion I guess.
Why don't you try it out for yourself? Grab all three for same destination from library & compare. See what suits you best.

Hope that helps a bit...
J

8. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

I find both Rough Guides and Lonely Planet to be accurate and useful. I think that the Rough Guides are more honest - but I tend to choose Lonely Planet for that reason, 'cause the Rough Guides end up making me feel negative about things that I would otherwise have enjoyed doing. Definitely Rough Guides are better for getting further off the beaten track (if that's possible with a guide book).