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Old 05-03-2019, 11:56 AM
 
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We have used three of Steves’ books for Europe. We do branch out to other activities, lodging choices and such, but do appreciate how he organizes and presents his logistical advice. We find very helpful.

Anyone know of another guidebook series in a similar format for the ROW?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-03-2019, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I've looked for something like that when we visited South Africa and very recently Japan/South Korea. Nothing as good. Just the usual Fodors/Frommers type that describe tourist spots (rather then the hidden, cool stuff that Steve's finds).

I was hoping that his son, Andy Steve's, would start doing books on other areas, but, like his dad, he is fixated on Europe.


I ended up weeding through countless online blogs, Youtube, Trip Advisor, and Trip Advisor forums.
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Old 05-03-2019, 02:23 PM
 
Location: On the road
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Before internet we used to use Moon travel books for Central and South America.
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Old 05-03-2019, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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^^^I was also going to suggest Moon guidebooks. They are my go-to when traveling to areas Rick Steves doesn't cover.
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Old 05-04-2019, 03:51 AM
 
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Seems to me like we have used Moonís for a couple of U.S. trips, but I do not recall a particular impression as to the organization. Again, in particular the logistical stuff. We have toured - small group - but not our favorite. And, the cost relative to independent.

Ahhh, maybe there is a market for creating a book series, Not Steves - But ROW!. Just donít have the motivation, though.
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Old 05-04-2019, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I used th.e South American Handbook in the 90s, which was superior to any Lonely Planet of the time. But exists only for that continent. Now in its 98th year, but I haven't seen one recently.
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Old 05-04-2019, 04:50 PM
 
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Thx for responses
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Old 05-05-2019, 04:28 AM
 
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Just back from Ireland and had a chance to see what titles Moon has and what areas of the world they cover. Mainly North America, a bit of Central/South America and smattering of others including Norway and Vietnam

https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/im...e/moon-travel/
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:35 PM
 
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Before internet we used to use Moon travel books for Central and South America.
I used to use the Moon Guides all of the time to plan all of my travel. In fact, I have reviewed a number of them pre-publication. Up until about 10 years ago, they were excellent.

I have been far less impressed with the recent versions which have eliminated a lot of the history of the locations and would best be called "Moon-lite." There are a lot of great attractions that have been deleted from recent editions. They have also gotten rid of some of the best writers.
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Old 05-08-2019, 03:59 AM
 
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We have used three of Steves’ books for Europe. We do branch out to other activities, lodging choices and such, but do appreciate how he organizes and presents his logistical advice. We find very helpful.

Anyone know of another guidebook series in a similar format for the ROW?

Thanks in advance.
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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