Before you can choose a travel guidebook for your next trip...
...and we think you should still carry a guidebook even with all of your electronics...
You need to think about what the focus of your trip will be.
Some guidebooks have in-depth cultural information.
Some give you lots of history about the area.
Some concentrate more on seeing the major sights...
...or on finding accommodations...
...or on telling you how to get around on local transportation.
So what will help you on YOUR trip?
There really isn't a single series that will cover everything for every trip.
You might even find you like certain things about two different guidebook series.
Well, why not buy them both?
You don't have to carry them both around you know.
We've even heard of people who cut them up....
While we, personally, have a hard time with dissecting books, it's really not a crime.
If you do this, take only the sections with you that you need. Cut them up into little sections so you can take just the sightseeing notes you need for the day.
If you really want that book for a souvenir of your trip, buy two copies and leave the whole one at home.
Even if you're a budget traveler, go ahead and spend the money.
If you choose a travel guidebook wisely, it will SAVE you money on your trip.
If you can figure out how to take the bus or subway instead of a taxi...
If you can find a real budge hotel... That book will definitely be worth it.
Check through several different offerings before you choose a travel guidebook.
Do they cater to luxury travel?
Can you afford the hotels and restaurants they're recommending?
Are they talking to backpackers and college kids?
Do they list mostly hostels and cheap hotels?
Get one that recommends accommodations that fit your budget.
See who has written the book, and what their expertise is in the region.
Has the author traveled often in the area?
Does he or she write in a style that makes you want to go and see these things for yourself?
Have they checked out the hotels, eaten at the restaurants? And do you think those reviews are up to date?
If one book has things like long, scholarly explanations about the foundations for castles, and you're just not interested in that...,
you might want to look for a different guidebook.
Maybe something with lots of pictures to fire your imagination. Mark loves guidebooks with lots of pictures.
You can check some out of your local library and take your time looking at them.
Also check out one of those large bookstores or one that specializes in travel so you can check out a really large selection before you choose a travel guidebook.
If you find one that makes you feel like you can't wait it get THERE and see THAT, then you've probably found the right one for you.
Once you've found the right one, or two, that will work for your travels, make sure you get the most current edition available and relax....
You can't make a wrong decision.
Any good guidebook will be a help.
If you need more information, you can probably find brochures or even guidebooks on you trip....
Now THOSE could be great souvenirs.