I was hoping if someone would tell me which is the best guidebook, user friendly and covers many places. Thanks
Frankly, most of them are pretty good. If your prefer a budget/backpacker style, then Let’s Go and Lonely Planet are probably the most popular. Rough Guides are also good, but I’m not sure that the individual books cover as much territory. Rick Steve’s Through the Backdoor series are also great reading, but not my preference for “the one book to tote along.” Frommer’s and Fodor’s Guides are designed for tourists with a slightly bigger budget. Michlin and Insight Guides are great because they’re very detailed for a single city, region within a country or single country, but not my choice for a general guide. I’d look for one book for Western Europe and one book for Eastern Europe
See what’s available for free at your local library, look at the excepts available on the internet, go to the bookstore and spend some time leafing through guidebooks, then decide which one or two to buy. Also look in the bargain sections for last year’s editions. The address and subway stop for the Louvre haven’t changed in decades, so the books aren’t out of date from that standpoint. Fee changes, changes in open hours and temporary closures of subway stations can happen at any time, meaning there’s something out of date in every book before it’s even printed.
Lonely planet is probably the most popular (at least I see most people walking around with that one). But I like to choose different ones- I recently went to east asia with a fodor’s guide book and found all of their recommendations excellent. If I’m going somewhere that’s not too exotic or different or too far away, I tend to check out websites with travel guides. That way I don’t have to buy a whole guide book, but I can get the basic information and a recommendation of the main sites.
could you post some of those websites elanasport? i know about trip advisor, but don’t like it much and need some advice from such sources!
Here are some that I like to look at:
And then Fodors has a guide book, but there website is also great:
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