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Guidebooks - should they stay or should they go??

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1. Posted by dommy1982 (Budding Member 13 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey all

I am embarking on a RTW trip for 6 months on my own starting tomorrow....AAAAAGGGHHHH!

That's better...ok so i'm packing now and since i booked my trip about 7 months ago, i got all excited and went out and bought all the lonely planet guidebooks for all of the 9 countries i'm visiting.

Do you think it is silly trying to take them all with me in my daysack/backpack since some countries i am not visiting until May/June/July time? Should i just take the main ones and buy the others nearer the time?

Cheers

Dom

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

What about shipping them to you poste-restante?

Or if you already know what you want to see, copy the relevant pages and take only these with you.

3. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

i agree, you can either copy the pages or rip them out and take those with you. I would only start out with the ones you need and then buy along the way. you will usually find them in every airport. shouldn't be a problem. good luck!

4. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I was away for 4 months and did the same thing as you. I just photo copied the maps and wrote down hostels names and transportation time tables. Things that are releavant. I then left all the books at home. First, it is a great way to meet people. You have the books so you dont need to read it cover to cover. So when you have a question ask to take a look.. It cut the weight down, made me even more social, and provided a bit of adventure by not relying on a guide book. Besides there is always the Internet!

5. Posted by Jimix (Inactive 15 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

My prefered method is to rock up to a place and see what's on offer at that particular time.

I can guarantee you that if you're staying in hostels then someone else will have a guidebook that I'm sure they will let you have a scan of.