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1. Posted by chvc (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

What kind of books does a good traveler need? Any suggestions on good travel guides?

2. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

A lot of people will say this but Lonely planet is usually a good and safe choice.... I also prefer a bit of reading up on the place, its history etc, and sometimes older literature can be a fascinating prelude to the trip - for example i read Orwell's Burmese Days prior to my Burmese trip, and Kiplings poems on Mandalay and the Shwedagon, and it did make my trip extremely enjoyable and I was able to engage and experience the places better instead of just seeing a place just to take photos as proof u have been there and then mark it off your list...

3. Posted by Makini (Full Member 80 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Read as much about the places you are going to before you leave - that will be the best help you can get. If some book seems very valuable, take it with you - or at least copies of the pages that you know you'll need!

As for a tip - I've got one. If you ever plan on train-travelling through Europe, get the Thomas Cooks Train Travellers Guide . It was my most priced posession while Interrailing through Europe last summer. Complete with all the routes and all the timetables, for all the countries on the continent!

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm a fan of the Lonely Planet series too, but there are many other good guide books. It all depends on where you want to go to, what budget you have and what informations you need.

If you are on a pre-arranged package tour, you will not need all the info LP and the other guidebooks geared towards independent travellers provide. If you are travelling by bike or train, a guide book geared towards bicyclist or train travellers will be the most helpful.

Tell us where you want to go to for how long, what your native language is (if it isn't English), how you intend to travel and what kind of information you need, and we will most likely be able to suggest a book.

5. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

We have always taken Lonely Planet guidebooks. The shoestring guides mostly. However, many times it has completely led us a stray and left us wandering for hours. I think guidebooks are good for a basic understanding, but really, nothing can be as reliable as asking people and getting up to date information. One time we spent an entire afternoon wandering around Quito, Ecuador trying to find these special pink buses that Lonely Planet spoke of. Well, eventually we figured out they didnt exist anymore and there was a completely different way to get where we were wanting to go.

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7. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Surprised at seeing this number of LP recommendations... I'd go for Footprint, even though I'm only familiar with their SA edition (the equivalent of LP's South American Shoestring). It's just so much better; more up-to-date, better info on connections and border crossings. Granted, LP maps are much better.

In Europe, I became to like the rough guide city guidebooks. They're extremely informative on history and culture, but less so on practical info.

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I love Eyewitness guides. They're heavy and bulky (if I backpacked for months, I'd probably leave it at home), but I love that they're based on photos and give quick, concise information on what you can see. I don't use guides for accommodation, as I assume anyone reading the thing will head to the same hostel/hotel/B&B. Rather, I use them to figure out what I'd like to see. They're very inspiring!

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