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Guidebooks - should they stay or should they go??

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1. Posted by dommy1982 (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

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?



2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

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) 7y

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) 7y

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) 7y

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.