So it is still quite some time before I leave (next year november) on my world trip but I want everything to go smoothly when I leave. One question has been haunting me though. I have baught guides, and for me the footprint ones I liked better in Lay-out then lonely planet and rough guide. I am going to india, cambodja, laos, thailand, australia, new zeeland, chile, peru, bolivia, USA and western canada. So that means 6 or 7 footprint guides and I wanted to know how you guys carried these things around. I really do want to take them with me but they are just to big and weigh to much to carry around an entire year...
The books take up a tremendous amount of weight. I would not take them all. Since you have the time now, I would manually write or type the information you will need. You can send it to yourself in email, carry it on a flash drive. Or when you get to your destination, a quick Google search may give you information you're looking for.
When I went on my first rtw trip I just got a small address book and wrote addresses and contact details of a few hostels in every city I planned to go and some that I thought I may go, some websites that I thought I would need and got photocopies of the pages that applied to cities I planned to go to and then disposed of the paper as I went. Doing that meant that I didn't have 10 or more of these whopping guides almost as big as bricks. It narrowed the thickness and weight considerably and meant that by the end I had no paper in the way of guide books making more room for purchases as I went.
Second and third rtw trip I planned quite well before going and basically knew most the info I needed, did a huge amount of research and didn't take any guidebooks at all and everything on the last one went totally perfect.
Leave the books and enjoy your travels.
I go along with Post #2#. I started off with Lonely Planet and Rough Guide a few years ago (as an opinion - not a fact in any way, Rough Guide swept the floor with Lonely Planet when it came to handy info), but after a short time - I made my own way round the world without any paper guide at all. If you're so insecure without info from one or the other, or both - or something else, then I would suggest a couple of hours in your local library - or Google. All the bits you need will be there.
Now that's a weight off your mind (and not in your rucksack).
thank you for your replies. . . they were all really helpfull. I think I will just do extensive research and just take some adresses instead of those guidebooks. I'll memorize all the other things and since I have the guides I can use them on beforehand to read up on everything like border crossing and visa and all that stuff so that I won't come to unpleasant surprises. . .
Thank you all :D
my partner and i are going travelling in august and am planning to take the rough guide to the country we are going to with us (india) then when we leave swap it or sell it and buy one for the country we are going too next - therefore only having to carry one book at any one time