Lonely Planet, can they be trusted???

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11. Posted by gordonC (Full Member 17 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Though I'm not a big fan of guide books in general, LP does send their writers abroad. I know the SEA author, and recently met another. The problem is they just don't have any time once they are there to really know what's going on, so they rely on information from others... This is straight from the horses mouth, btw.


12. Posted by zafred (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Listen to SamSalmon, Two Legs. He teaches people how to use Google for a living.

13. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Lonely Planet is pretty good for finding stuff (like Intenet Cafes, camps etc) but their opinions on the quality of accomodations etc can be pretty out of date, a quick scan through the new NZ edition reveals that alot of it has been copied verbatim from the previous. Good depth of information though.

14. Posted by jodub79 (Full Member 22 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

What travel book would anyone reccommend for australia??

15. Posted by acetravels (Full Member 181 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

isbthere a LP written about INDIA...i wonder..if ..than can any1 help in soursing its availability for me...

16. Posted by Kiwiboy (Full Member 23 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I pretty well just use the LP for a guideline, the LP is just like meeting a thousand travellers in one hostel giving their insights tastes, likes and dislikes in written form, I always update mine with quotes new accomadations etc.....ummmmmm it may have a good resale value now, happy travels people.............

17. Posted by Peter (Admin 6664 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

The problems described are not LP specific. It's pretty much true of any printed guidebook - the simple process of getting that much information published in printed form and distributed is too lengthy to possibly be completely up to date. However, the information they provide is usually more thorough than other guidebooks. In a lot of ways this works against them. For example, some other guidebooks won't specify prices for attractions (ie.. Eye Witness), but LP does. Obviously that is something that can change very easily and so they will seem out of date a lot quicker. I know the LP Britain book we used this summer was totally out of date with their prices. There's an 'updated' version of that now though.

The best guidebook I've had is the TimeOut guide to Budapest. Written almost like a magazine, with personal opinions, and a specific focus on history and politics, it did a very good job of giving a feel for the place without getting bogged down in details that are best left to us to figure out for ourselves! Their range of destinations is rather limited though.

As far as the Insight guides go, the Bergen we had this year must have been one of the worst guidebooks I've seen - photos looked like they came from the 70's and the information was rather pitiful as well!!

18. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

What about Fodor's? I have been reading one for my travel plan research. It should be out of date though, as I found out that it was printed in, like, 3 years ago... :( I'm looking for a guide book for Turkey but all I found are printed a few years ago...

Does anyone have any recommendation for Turkey and Italy guidebooks?

19. Posted by Peter (Admin 6664 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Well, I haven't actually used Fodors. What I really want from a guidebook is an indication of the important things in a city / country - the things that I might be kicking myself later if I missed them. A basic map kind of helps too.. + some translated words/phrases if they don't speak English. Three years out of date or not, this information is usually still up to date.

Prices, restaurants, etc.. I can find out for myself. For up to the minute information I can always contact the Travel Helpers on TP :)


20. Posted by el.moe (Full Member 111 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

i agree with most here.
i think a guide should provide just basic information. travelling is not following a guidebook in detail, but organizing and making up things by your own. i think this point is also something that makes travelling so exciting.
though i always have one with me because it has good information in advance and during the trip you get to know the greatest sights..but on arrival i prefer talking to locals or just move around and find out..