Lonely Planet is one of the best travel guides I have ever used. I recommend fully for most travels. Below is a selection of great reviews from many people who use Lonely Planet. I highly recommend them.
They are very handy to keep on you so that you can mark your accommodation on the maps provided to ensure you don’t get lost when you arrive. They’re great to get an idea of all the places you should go and see. Some places that are mentioned are high on tourists and the others not so much. It depends on how you plan to travel. Lonely planet will give you a list of things like hotels and information on them.Generally they tend to mention the more pricey hotels and only one or two hostels, and obviously there are more than what they list. This means you end up having to do your own research afterwards anyway. The same goes for bars and restaurants. If you’re looking to travel on a budget, this may not be the greatest choice. I do love that they make it easy to find info on places, and sometimes you’ll come across towns, parks, museums and other things you never knew about. It can be easier than looking to the internet for everything, just because there is such a vast amount of information. Lonely Planet tends to narrow it down for you. I would never use lonely planet as a strict guide for traveling, but more so to get an idea of what you want to do, what’s available in certain areas, and
the useful info such as numbers and hours of things like museums and parks. Travel with an open mind and a yes man attitude and just use lonely planet as a reference if you do decide to invest in one.
Lonely Planet Travel Books
LPs are the best travel books I’ve ever used. Very user friendly, tons of maps, a glossary, cultural tidbits, well organized and comprehensive. Once you get used to their format it’s hard to switch to a different guidebook b/c you only see the lacks. I’ve used them on
trips to Europe, Southeast & East Asia, Costa Rica, India etc. etc. And NOW I get to use LP for our upcoming trip to Espana!
There are some six hundred well-written, extremely detailed guide books in the series, and while I obviously can’t comment on all of them, I found the editions fo
r Morocco and Turkey were invaluable in planning extensive tours of both countries. Distances, directions, and approximate driving times between destinations were accurate to the kilometer and the minute, and hotel accommodations, restaurants, and shops were exactly as described. As a long-time travel professional, I highly recommend these as being among the best reference books for planning independent journeys, especially to countries where tourist travel usually is confined to group motorcoach tours.The East Africa and Egypt guides were essential in planning and taking our recent journey. We used
them to find quiet, comfortable and inexpensive lodgings, all of which were excellent. While we were in country, they always pointed us to good food and with the
included maps and tours, made cultural landmarks and highlights easy to understand. Well worth the weight to tote these along. Update:
Just used the NYC guide on a recent trip there.
Even though I used to live in the area, I wanted some guidance on up to date hours, hot areas, etc. The guide knew that the statue of liberty doesn’t allow you to climb to the top anymore (saving my bf a day of disappointment), knew that little Italy is now nothing more than a tourist stop, and found us some better Italian food in another neighborhood. Highly recommended.
Maybe the best or most memorable part of using LP is all of the notes you end up writing in them.. of contact info. for all of the interesting people you meet; notes of where you stayed, or tried to stay; sights you just had to see; restaurants you just had to try; and routes you ended up taking.
I also find guidebooks of
ten better for explaining the culture and history of destinations and give a great general overview while internet resource can be better for up to date practical info such as train timetables.
I’ve used the Lonely Planet Taiwan and Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring. The guide books are very detailed and include everything to get you on your way!!
I think, that basic information in Lonely Planet books is fine. It is about exploring and not everything is described, but the minimum has been a kind of help.
the main points were described quite all right.
Subsequently, I always have a guidebook with me.
Internet, forums, apps and all that are a good addition and I use all of it a lot especially pre-travel. But I just love to have a real guidebook with me while actually on the road. I find it very practical. And I love LonelyPlanet and it’s been the only guides I’ve used for the last couple of years. I like the info they give, the walking tours for cities they offer and yes, I also like some
of the restaurant and hotel/hostel recommendations a lot of which I would have never found had I not had my LP. Not all books have the same high standards, but I haven’t been massively disap
pointed in any of them so far, otherwise I wouldn’t keep buying them.
I like the maps and find the information about sights useful.
I have used lonely planet and other various guide books while researching, and I must admit I find LP the easiest to navigate.
I find it is useful to get an ideas of the places to visit and information about the areas, sometimes the map also useful especially when I couldn’t find any map in the country I visited. I tried also an auction on-line and got a guide book much cheaper than in a high street shop. E. g. a brand new Lonely Planet, which costs £15.99 for about £1
They definitely give me very quickly general idea about the country and places (attractions) I might want to visit.
Is it worth $15-20?
Yes, it is because it saves my time searching for things on the web from scratch which is more valuable and the book gives me initial framework I can start building on my travel plans very quickly and effectively with info gathered from other sources as well.
I think, that guide books are a good source of information, of course reading ‘between lines’, so even an older issue can be useful. Everybody has got their way, how to get info, but I’ve got a good experience with guide books generally, of course combined with the other sources – e. g. to get info about ways of travel, accommodation etc. – this really changes
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