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Best Travel Guide books

Updated: Jan 11

When it’s time to plan your next trip, the most important things you need are top-reliable facts and information about your destination. This is where travel guide books come in handy. With so many options out there, it can get difficult and confusing to pick the right fit for your next adventure. In this post, we will help you choose the best travel guide books.

How to choose the best travel guide books?

When looking for the perfect guide for your next magical trip, there are a couple of things you need to take into consideration;

First of all, check the publication date! Most countries are changing and evolving at the speed of light. When choosing a travel guide for a specific destination you need to make sure it has up-to-date information on public transportation and different local establishments.

Secondly, read the author's bio! A good travel guide book should at least have half of the contributors locally-based. Writers that actually walk the streets of the destination they write about is a must for information accuracy. Plus by supporting local writers, you actually support responsible local tourism.

Lastly, you’re looking for a travel guide book based on facts, history, and practical info. Don’t fall under the charm of all those world traveler story-tellers, they won’t be really helpful for your planning. Everyone has a different style of traveling, when you’re actually making a plan for your next destination, you need to rely on facts, not on personal opinions and experiences.

Lonely Planet

Being the largest and most important travel guide books publisher in the world, Lonely Planet is certainly the most trusted brand out there by worldwide travelers. With both hard-copy and digital guides, they’re offering a wide range of books covering most countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Packed with information about culture and history, Lonely Planet guides are also known for their maps, how-to collection books, traveling on a shoestring collection as well as their beautifully made travel journal.

Rough Guides

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If you are looking for travel guide books with flashy photos, well Rough Guides might not be the best fit for you. On the other hand, they are well known for their knowledge of local history, cultural insights, must-see sights, tips for eating out, and public transportation. Their “budget-oriented” guides are awesome resources for backpackers and hippie-style travelers; it’s like traveling with a friend. If you’re looking for an “off the beaten path” kind of trip, Rough Guides are now offering tailor-made trips for all their independent-minded travelers.

Footprint Travel Guides

Footprint has a heritage going back to 1924 when the first edition of their flagship title, the South American Handbook, was published. They continue to specialize in coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean, but they also have very strong coverage of South Asia and Spain. They are not trying to cover the whole world; they define themself as a specialist team which mission is to make sure they’re providing the best information on destinations they’re passionate about and have experience in. Their travel information is designed for travelers who are interested in the culture and the essence of a place, as well as seeing the sights and having fun.

Fodor’s Travel Guides

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Fodor’s have been in the game for more than 80 years now. Their approach is slightly different than others as they hire local writers based on each of their destination guidebooks instead of travel writers. Covering more than 7000 destinations around the globe, Fodor’s travel guide books' strong point is to give you in-depth cultural information of the specific region before telling you the “what-to-see and what-to-do”. Compared to its major competitor, Lonely Planet, which is for adventurers, Fodor’s Travel books are more for guided trips.

DK Eyewitness

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Looking for the perfect travel companion? Look no further! The Eyewitness travel guide books are a must when it’s time to plan your next trip. They just re-imagined their design, and the work they’ve done is simply amazing. Their main focus being Europe, Eyewitness travel guide really draw you in visually, with their breath-taking images, on what awaits you on the Euro-Continent. The map included in their guides is clear and simple plus their pocket-size format makes it super easy to carry on your adventure.

If you’re looking for the best places to visit on your journey, make sure you grab one of their pocket-size top 10 guides!

What are your best travel guide books?

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