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31. Posted by travla' (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

i think ppl forget that's it's a book,as in something to read when your bored abroad.don't have to abide by it if you don't feel like it but it can help you in understanding what you got yourself into and sometimes get you out of jams ;)

32. Posted by folwellv (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Wow there are loads of interesting questions flying around here today!

I agree to a degree with what every person here is saying to different degrees.

I do think that the reference to a guidebook being a backpackers bible can be true in some cases. I mean i guess to al backpackers it is seen as the appropriate accessory: for most of us a useful one altho i do wonder whether some people see it as more of a fashion accessory sometimes. So in that sense i guess it can be called our bible as it is the most common book to refer to but i have to say that i dont like what the saying infers..i.e. that we stick religiously to what it says. I dont think that is true, of course for some it is...it is clear from what i have read here that many of us have come across backpackers who are massively influenced by what they read in their guides. But at the same time there are possibly many more of us who use it as a tool to sensbly guide us..to help us on the way. Im not sure why this is though..why some people are more reliant than others..i guess its just personalities..although when first travelling away from home it makes sense that you may use it as that kind of safety net were all talking about.

33. Posted by torrie07 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

i think that guidebooooks should be used in moderation - they are useful yes but you shouldnt base your whole trip on the directions/ suggestions of others..surely this is not what backpacking is about?

I know there has been discussion on another thread about what a backpacker actually is (i will be adding my two pennies worth there next!) but definitions of backpackers refer to us as 'independant' travellers. How can you be an independant traveller if how follow the instructions of your guidebook to the T? Obviously i am not saying that you should not take and use a guidebook at all (that would be foolish as they do contain some invaluable info, albeit some that should be taken with a pinch of salt), i am saying that if you rely heavily on your guidebook you are less of a backpacker in the true defined sense of the word because you are not travelling independantly in my eyes.

34. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 9y

Guidebooks have their uses. I certainly wouldn't have left home without one. I refer to mine mostly to find out things like where the bus is likely to drop you (and when you arrive at 3am in an unknown city on your own and the bus driver doesn't understand the map or you, this is kinda useful), cultural hints (to save causing offense), important phrases, embassy addresses, historical overview of countries and health issues.

I think they help us be more responsible travellers and save us from the odd crisis. Yes, I'm sure it's much more adventurous to go without one...but I'd rather be safe than sorry to be honest! On the otherhand, following the book to the 'T' is very boring. I think it is important to not let the book take over and speak to locals, fellow travellers to find places not mentioned so that you can create your own experience. The more confident you get, the less you refer to it anyway.

I guess what I'm trying to say is...take a guidebook they are very, very handy, but don't let it make you lazy!

35. Posted by Moonmonkey (Budding Member 52 posts) 9y

Whoops I accidentally created two replies - how do I remove this one?

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 10, 2007, at 2:51 AM by Moonmonkey ]

36. Posted by Moonmonkey (Budding Member 52 posts) 9y

I've read the posts in this thread with much interest and it seems to me that to some people being a "traveller" is bordering on being a member of some elitist club. For goodness sake people - we all go travelling for different reasons (there's a great thread on the subject in here somewhere).

I'll be embarking on my first long term trip in just over a week and I'll be taking my LP guidebook with me - that's what I bought it for!!!

The way in which we choose to travel or to see a country is a personal choice and of course some people might not get the most out of it because they stick to established trails and go to the most popular places. Who cares? They might still have a fantastic time. They might be left slightly disappointed.

I've planned the first week or two of my trip and after that I know roughly where I'm gonna go. My LP guide book has been invaluable so far and I'm sure it will continue to be. I'm looking forward to meeting other travellers and changing plans or deciding to visit places I hadn't thought about on the recommendations of others. The main thing is I want to enjoy the experience whether it's flying by the seat of my pants or following the suggestions in my guidebook.

I certainly won't be embarrassed about taking my book out if I need some info - I'm a first time traveller and proud :)

37. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Im not a backpacker l dont profess to be and to be honest l dont want to be! I like nice hotels and luxury - lm not 18 l have a good job that means l can afford to pay for a bit more luxury! Im not a traveller either - going away for 4 weeks recently was the longest time period l had spent away from home when not working! So if that makes me a tourist so be it - dont really care! I go to a country as l want to visit there see the sites and relax from normal life.

We religiously buy a guide book for a new destination - wouldnt be without it - but lm not a newbie to travelling the globe either! Buying a guide book helps with planning your trip - gives you ideas about what you might want to add into your itinerary, helps you in the orrintation of a new city/country. It is definately in my carry on luggage and it is refered to constantly - whether its help in decided where to go for food or drink or help in getting from the airport to your hotel/hostel! Just because we refer to it constantly we dont necessiarly follow its guidelines - it is simply that a set of guidelines to help you make your way and on that way hopefully you have different experiences that the guidebook does not refer to!

How do you get about without refering to a guidebook may l ask? I know you can ask locals - but what happens when language causes a barrier? You can read up on the internet before you go - but unless you have a photographic memory how do you remember everything? Im interested - is there an alternative - if so let me know - guidebooks are not cheap either!

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 10, 2007, at 4:43 AM by Purdy ]

38. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

you are a backpacker if you carry a backpack. plain simple.

39. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

So if you take a suitcase what does that make you Wouterr???????????? A suit??????????

Though Isa is going to slap our wrists cos we have gone off topic on this thread!

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 10, 2007, at 4:55 AM by Purdy ]

40. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Purdy

So if you take a suitcase what does that make you Wouterr???????????? A suit??????????

Though Isa is going to slap our wrists cos we have gone off topic on this thread!

a suitcaser duhhh, that you don't know that