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Old 05-31-2012, 10:17 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Is the trusty dog-eared Lonely Planet guide book the be all and end all for you?

I've often brought a Lonely Planet while travelling - either bought or borrowed from the library, and yes they've been really helpful.

But for my last trip I went and bought a DK guide book because it was a bit simpler and had more pretty pictures and lots of graphic maps.

It did the job, and made things a lot easier (esp. in a country where English wasn't widely spoken).

LP is still great, but do you tire of it at times?

Nowadays there is also the internet and net on your smartphone, but I still like having a book to lug along.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I've used 'em all at one time or another: LP, Rough Guide, DK, Let's Go, Rick Steves, Fodor's, etc etc.

It really depends on the trip.
I have found inaccuracies with both Steves as well as LP; sometimes the lack of updating can really create a problem (example: My LP did not state that a museum in London had a new address).

We took a long trip to France a couple years ago and I was very satisfied with my Let's Go. I like the layout and the quirky little fun facts this guide offers.

LP's little pocket-size books and phrasebooks are good.

But as you say, the internet itself has become pocket-size.

For our 3 week France/Spain trip last Christmas, I did read books beforehand, but did not bring anything with me except for a small phrasebook and my i-Touch. My husband brought the i-Pad.
Our kids both had GPS apps in their smartphones.

Pretty amazing when I think about how all I had back in 1977 was my Let's Go, and somehow I managed to survive.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I'm a Frommer's fan , myself. Let's Go is the worst.

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Old 05-31-2012, 06:46 PM
 
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LP is okay as a general introductory information about what's where, general customs, festivals, famous landmarks, things not to be missed, etc. For accommodations and rates though, LP is usually inaccurate and undependable since that kind of information can be incorrect or out of date by the time the latest edition is released. i don't bother with it anymore, but it could still come in handy for certain locations I'm not familiar with. I think it's a better idea to use LP for what it is, as a general guide, then check online for details that are more current.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:30 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Let's Go is the worst.
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I think it's a better idea to use LP for what it is, as a general guide, then check online for details that are more current.
Yes.

They are *all* guides, not mandatory training manuals.

It was back in 1999 that I experienced the mistake in the LP book. Since then, it's become much easier to find pertinent, up-to-date information on the internet. I have a few favorite sites. Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree can be prickly, but I do appreciate the content. There are others I go to as well.

However, I do still enjoy holding something tangible in my hands, reading the print, looking at the pictures.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:39 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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^ It's probably not important in the grand scheme of things, but I do wish LP's guides were a bit more attractive. Apart from at the front there are no photos/pictures/colour (aside from the city guides or the condensed guides). DK's guides lack the breadth of information but I find them more user-friendly, more like what a tourist map might be like. Especially like their 3D maps of districts/neighbourhoods. I picked one up for London for $10 at a booksale, the retail price was $40! It was just missing a pull-out map.
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:56 PM
 
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Frommer's seems to cover ONLY the most famous and major attractions in the city. It is really geared more to the wealthy traveler.

Lonely Planet is alright but it is more geared toward the younger traveler and tried to be too hip.

My two favorite guides are the Moon Guides and the Off the Beaten Path books. The Moon Guides are generally written by locals and try to cover every small town in the state. Most of their hotel and restaurant recommendations are very affordable and some are pretty inexpensive. The Off the Beaten Path cooks cover a lot of small and lesser known attractions throughout the state.

Right now, the problem with travel books is that many people are NOT buying them. Therefore, there is less incentive for writers to produce good books or to rewrite books as they become outdated. Also, no one seems to take the time to ensure that the addresses, phone numbers, admissions, opening times, and the like are remotely accurate. It is bad when you show up to an attraction that was noted in a 3 year old tour book that was closed 12 years ago.
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:57 PM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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The LPs are the guide of choice, for most of my foreign destinations.
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:15 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Frommer's seems to cover ONLY the most famous and major attractions in the city. It is really geared more to the wealthy traveler.

Lonely Planet is alright but it is more geared toward the younger traveler and tried to be too hip.

My two favorite guides are the Moon Guides and the Off the Beaten Path books. The Moon Guides are generally written by locals and try to cover every small town in the state. Most of their hotel and restaurant recommendations are very affordable and some are pretty inexpensive. The Off the Beaten Path cooks cover a lot of small and lesser known attractions throughout the state.

Right now, the problem with travel books is that many people are NOT buying them. Therefore, there is less incentive for writers to produce good books or to rewrite books as they become outdated. Also, no one seems to take the time to ensure that the addresses, phone numbers, admissions, opening times, and the like are remotely accurate. It is bad when you show up to an attraction that was noted in a 3 year old tour book that was closed 12 years ago.
You sure, still see many people carrying Lonely Planets around.

On the topic of LP, was anyone a fan of the Lonely Planet Pilot guides series that aired in the 90s and early 00s? I miss travel shows...that weren't about food.
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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You sure, still see many people carrying Lonely Planets around.

On the topic of LP, was anyone a fan of the Lonely Planet Pilot guides series that aired in the 90s and early 00s? I miss travel shows...that weren't about food.
I am NOT saying that they are not popular. They are extremely popular, especially among Australian and European travelers. Their website also is fairly interesting.

However for me, a good portion of the information is not relevant to me as I am not that interested is safe sex, lgbt travel, and where to party all night.
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