I know there are alot out there, but 2 that have grabed my attention are the Eyewitness Travel Guides Series and Frommer's $ A Day Series (ect Frommer's Ireland from $90 a Day). Does anyone have any feedback on either of these or is there one of the other book series you would highly recommend?
I dont know the books u have listed.
The ones i use for travelling and recommend are
On a Shoestring
But i dont know, what type of traveller, u are. My recommendations are aimed at backpackers.
Were not going to backpack, but definatley looking for a budget minded trip. That's why we were thinking about staying in B&Bs rather than hotels. Also because of the cultural aspect that i don't think a hotel stay offers.
I love the Eyewitness guides. Sure, they're heavy and a bit bulky and filled with pictures, but since I don't travel for months and months at a time and don't have to carry my bag with me constantly, I love their look and their straight-forward approach. The only downside is that they to tend to be a little heavy in the purse. Still, I love going home and leafing through them and seeing the places I just visited.
i do agree with all other posts... lonely planet...or rough guides... are the top.. although sometimes i believe they lack in pictures references... for small easy tools try on this place http://veri77.travellerspoint.com/ and maybe you can dowlload something interesting for LOndon. bye
Esp. when weight/space isn't an issue, I like to carry a Lonely Planet/let's go AND an Eyewitness. The lonlely planet, though used often, gives me a good idea of what to expect. I often find better deals on hotels and such, but use the book to find the 'good areas' that I want to stay in.
The Eyewitness I've found, takes a lot of the guesswork out of what I really want to see. The pic is right there. If the picture of some great monument is a pile of rocks (this actually happened a lot in Turkey and Egypt, go figure) I might pass to visit a more enticing site.
For those of us looking for budget travel but not neccessarily into the backpack/hostel thing, I like the Frommer's and Let's Go. If you know where you want to go region-wise, however, and you have a little time, I highly, HIGHLY suggest ordering brochures from the region's tourism boards, easily found online. On those same websites you can also find a wealth of information on B & Bs and self-catering places (a very good option--usually cottages equipped with kitchen facilities so you can save money on food). On these same websites you can often find last minute and "short break" deals that usually only local countrymen know about. I found this information way more helpful than any travel guide.