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What is your favorite Travel Guide publisher?

Lonely Planet
Rough Guides
Let's Go
Other - not listed above
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  • Added on: December 17th, 2004
Originally posted by TheHookah:
where can I can get one of the Rough guides online?

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  • Added on: December 19th, 2004
The question should be rephrased.

For the part of the world called ****** , which is the best guide. LP seems to win out in Asia, but I like Footprint for Mexico and the Americas. Footprint guides have one serious flaw, one they really should fix. Their maps are inadequate, so if you want to get somewhere, often you'd better know some Spanish.

Aside from that, they have all the sleeping info of LP, are generally better updated, and have specialised info for different hobbies.

They did away with the 'driving route' format in the most recent version, which I am most grateful for. People who drive might not be so grateful.


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  • Added on: December 24th, 2004
I enjoy the Rough Guides much more for their overviews of culture, history, people, etc. but I use the LP when I travel because it's so much more practical for me. It lists prices of hotels as opposed to price ranges and it has decent maps which are a big thing for me. I justdon't care for the writing much though. If we could blend the 2 together we'd be onto something...hey, maybe BnA needs to start their own travel guides...


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  • Added on: December 24th, 2004
The best guide I ever read was Carl Franz's The Peoples Guide to Mexico. It is nothing like the usual travel guides in it's writing style and the amount of indepth knowledge it offers is delicious. If you are going to Mexico you really must check one out if you haven't before. My question is are there other guides to other places that are anything at all like this one? Having been spoiled right away, I am always disappointed whenever I look at a travel guide.

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  • Added on: December 24th, 2004
I also highly recommend People's Guide to Mexico, if anyone's going there. It's definitely not a traditional guide book.


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  • Added on: December 24th, 2004
I also highly recommend that book.

It was most helpful when, many, many years ago, I drove down to Mazatlan in a 1964 VW bus with two lesbians and a handful of LSD.

(I turned 21 on that trip)

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  • Added on: December 24th, 2004
So it was a brand new VW Bus, Joe? Sweet ride.

Thanks for the grin.

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  • Added on: June 20th, 2007
Although I've used Rough Guides before. I prefer Lonely Planet. They seem to be more budget driven and tend to have better information.
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  • Added on: January 29th, 2008
I'm a big fan of rough guides for their sheer lack of detail, but overall I prefer to carry a lets go almost everywhere I go simply because of their great coverage of budget options. They also tend to give specific prices for everything. I'm tight so that suits me!
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Article about a LP author who plagiarized his work.

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  • Added on: June 8th, 2008
for the really goofy places (like Gabon for example) I think Bradt guides are excellent. Often it's the only choice, but they do a good a job, even in the absence of competition.

To other destinations I go with either LP or Footprint books.


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  • Added on: July 6th, 2008
LP all the way.

They are the only series that provide decent maps. On complicated maps the grid-reference system is very handy. Rough Guide maps are mediocre, while Footprint and Lets Go are godawful.

Secondly LP is easy to use because it has a full contents page for each chapter. Finding things in other books like RG is a pain in the arse since you are constantly searching back and forth for the right page.

The LP place descriptions are well layed out with clearly labelled headings like 'getting there and away'.

LP travel details for a town/city are located alongside the other information of that place. With RG you have to go to the end of the chapter.

LP gives the actual price of accomodation so you can compare prices properly. Other titles give you a silly code for the price-bracket so that you have to look up what the code means. Also for convenience LP neatly sub-divides accomodation into Budget, mid-range and expensive. In certain other titles they are chucked in together in one list.
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  • Added on: July 22nd, 2008
I`m thinking of buying th LP book for Australia. It looks well organised. I also loocked at the RG book buti think it will be the LP


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  • Added on: October 30th, 2009
loved this post; just by reading I learned a great deal about the travel guides available. thanks!

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  • Added on: November 10th, 2009
Bradt Travel guides are my favourites, especially the North America ones. http://www.bradt-travelguides.com
USA by Rail travel guide http://www.usa-by-rail.com


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