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1. Posted by globewalk (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Frommers, National geographic traveler, or lonely planet? im planning a pretty big trip to quite a few locations and id like to stick to one series. which would you all suggest?

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

In my opinion the lonelyplanet guidebooks are very decent, It gives all the practical info you need (incl. transport, accomodation, restaurants and touristic info with prices). Its one of the best guidebooks for the budget traveller.

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

why do you need to stick to one series?

It often happens that different companies do good guides for different places, for instance, Lonely planet is great for South Americas (esp on a shoestring) but cr*p for India (unless they brought out another copy recently)

where are you planning on going?


4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting mim

but cr*p for India


you think?? Why?

5. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

As wouterr says in his first post Lonely Planet Guidebooks are the most practical and I could'nt agree more.
They have everything a traveller needs for info on bus/train/flight/hostel/hotel from/for all destinations and set out in a practical manner including websites and an outline of the place's to visit from the destination.
I used LP India and travelled the whole of India with it and it was a TRUE FRIEND with ALL the up to date help I needed or required.
What you have to think about is that at the end of the day its a GUIDE not a factsheet,when you reach a destination and you see a hostel/hotel you like in passing just take it,you dont have to take LP mentioned ones although they have been checked and mentioned accordally.
Just buy LP for a Continent;ie LP South East Asia/LP S America/LP C America etc and they have all the practical help you need to guide you around and fit into one pouch pocket.
When you get used to one guidebooks "page setting out" it would be very hard to just choose another guidebook as they are all very different and confusing to go from one to another.
At the end of the day its your travel and your choice so whatever one you pick drop us a post and let us know why.
Enjoy your travels;al de bes

[ Edit: keep it friendly please. ]

6. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I used Frommers when I went to Holland, and found it quite useful. Also bought Rough Guide when I went to Sydney, it was very decent too. Agree with mim that there is no need to stick to just one series, and it's still best to do some research on the destination yourself.

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