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11. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

I almost never read Lonely Planet or any of those guides, as I find they give a really narrow perspective on places. I also find the idea of recommending places to eat in large cities such as London and New York ridiculous - you can find your own cheap eats without having to read a guidebook. This also goes for accommodation.

I guess they are okay for an overview of places, but that's about it.

12. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 9y

Well, James, once again I agree with you. Like you, I don't depend on travel guides, including the Lonely Planet.I do my own research, enquiries, develop points of contact,etc when working on my travel plans. It takes time but it's the fun part of it! A good map is my only guide and the people, almost invariably the locals I meet along the way, help build up trust & self-confidence.And I get to see a lot more!

With so much travel-related information & fora available in the internet, I am inclined to believe travel guides are becoming out-dated & unreliable in as much as info on transportation, accommodation,food outlets is concerned. I have come across numerous travellers who tell me of this.

GHs & food outlets recommended by guide books, such as LP are not always cheap. They ride on LP recommendations and get themselves rated.

dana

13. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Quoting danalasta

Well, James, once again I agree with you. Like you, I don't depend on travel guides, including the Lonely Planet.I do my own research, enquiries, develop points of contact,etc when working on my travel plans. It takes time but it's the fun part of it! A good map is my only guide and the people, almost invariably the locals I meet along the way, help build up trust & self-confidence.And I get to see a lot more!

With so much travel-related information & fora available in the internet, I am inclined to believe travel guides are becoming out-dated & unreliable in as much as info on transportation, accommodation,food outlets is concerned. I have come across numerous travellers who tell me of this.

GHs & food outlets recommended by guide books, such as LP are not always cheap. They ride on LP recommendations and get themselves rated.

dana

Your 100% correct Dana. There are so many more ways to get information than a travel book which, by the time it gets to print, is probably already a year out of date and was most likely written by a 20 year old university student on a 3 week holiday anyway.

Part of the excitement of travelling is finding out new things through your own experiences, not studying a book.

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