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Old 05-08-2019, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Lonely Planet, Rough Guide and Time Out.
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Old 05-08-2019, 09:35 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Be aware that Rick Steve's is almost like "DOS for Dummies" converted to a travel guide book. I don't mean that insultingly, ...

But really, with the explosion of the internet and information available there, travel apps, etc. I've found that travel guide books aren't really needed anymore. They are very close to being obsolete.
There are a few good travel apps and much room for more.

I really liked Campermate (NZ) and wish it were worldwide.

Often I have found Maps.me to lead me to interesting spots, but it is not interactive, so stuff 'ages-off', becomes extinct yet remains embedded in app.

Neither of the above actually LEAD you on a travel itinerary.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:59 AM
 
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I think yours is a reasonable assessment, but does assume a caricaturish view of those who use guides. RS' guides do provide a helpful framework, around which to build, taking much of the research for logistical items - Where are some sites. things I want to do. What are the options for getting from here to there. Is there lodging that fits me close by. And, so on. Or not.

We build out, add on from RS' guides. Since we go five times a year, for 2.5 to 4 weeks at a time, it is helpful. Unfortunately, our travel is not restricted to Europe.

A lot of work for 75-90 days per year.

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Be aware that Rick Steve's is almost like "DOS for Dummies" converted to a travel guide book. I don't mean that insultingly, I used his guides before and enjoyed them. It's just that he almost gives such a step by step travel itinerary, including stuff like "day 3 - talk to this person at this stable at 1PM and ask for tour of farm, at 1:45PM have lunch at XXXX, at 3PM walk here...", that it gets old fast.

I used to use Moon guides (Lonely Planet as well) and loved them, but those are more meant for exploring on your own itineraries so I see that as separate from Rick Steve's-like genre. They are much more detailed then his.

But really, with the explosion of the internet and information available there, travel apps, etc. I've found that travel guide books aren't really needed anymore. They are very close to being obsolete.
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