I am trying to work out a rough itinerary for a RTW trip and am looking to purchase some guide books for some of the areas we are going to be spending a lot of time in. I have heard a lot of different opinions on whats hot and whats not but ultimately I am looking for something with the best BUDGET travel advice. Are different publishers better for different regions? Are the shoestring books encompassing enough? Its difficult to research such a large undertaking well in advance but any advice would be appreciated!
Personally, I like the Rough Guides, but that might just be because the only time I ever owned a guidebook, it was a RG
Don't know the other ones too well really as I tend not to use guidebooks at all....
I know of Let's Go, Lonley Planet and Frommer's, but I can only recommend Let's Go, because that's the only one I've ever used as well I know that they all have websites, so maybe you can check them out and then make an educated decision on which one suits your needs better. (Type anyone in a search engine and you're set!)
I've been trying out quite a range at the moment. Probably for budget tips, Lonely Planet is best. Their writing is very good and although prices might be out of date at times, they are at least mentioned and can be used as a good guide. The thing I don't like about Lonely planet though is the lack of pictures and insufficient maps. My personal favourite guidebooks at the moment are the Eyewitness travel guides. They are full of glossy pictures, which really helps me choose what I actually want to see (pictures do speak a thousand words - even the best written descriptions can't tempt you like that!). Then for cities, they will have walking routes suggested (with nice maps) and internal maps of large attractions (like cathedrals, museums, etc..). Those internal maps are particularly handy, because it helps you find your way around them and read about it (in your own language). Usually there is no need for the sometimes limited brochures that the attractions themselves provide. Unfortunately, the Eyewitness guidebooks don't include price information and happen to be the most expensive guidebooks out there that I've seen. I guess the glossiness comes at a price Maybe not the best for budget travel, but still worth looking into. my 2c