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Best Travel Guides by grace9008 on 25 November 2006 3:05am
Next summer I am taking a school trip out to England, Ireland, and Scotland and I really want to read some guides before going. But since this will be my first time leaving the states (unless you count day trips to Tijuana with my mom)I don't know which guides are the best for me as a 17 year old first time traveler.
Re: Best Travel Guides by MarcoP on 27 November 2006 12:52pm
The Lonely Planet guides are very good. I've been using them exactly for the countries you mention, and found them very useful. Then, when it's time to go... ask here again, people from the different areas will be able to tell you about some attraction slightly "off the maps".
Re: Best Travel Guides by suzulu on 27 November 2006 3:41pm
I think the Lonely Planet guides are very good too.
Re: Best Travel Guides by christophertravels on 28 November 2006 3:30am
You decision of guidebooks might also depend on your age. Rick Steves books are good, but for older people (30 and above), LP is for the younger set, and Let's Go is for the party set. Each has something to offer everyone.

I suggest you go to your local library and read through each from previous years to find out which you prefer.
Re: Best Travel Guides by sighthound on 28 November 2006 4:05pm
Well, I'm decades older than 30 and I prefer LP to Rick Steves. It's not chronological age but how you like to like to travel that should determine your choice of guides.(harumphhh...grumble...going off to find the nearest old folks' home...grumble, grumble, grumble....)
Re: Best Travel Guides by christophertravels on 29 November 2006 4:02am
You're correct of course. I should have thought more carefully about what I had said.

I have travelled with all three books I mentioned. And I was less happy with Let's Go. Rick Steves only puts in his books where he thinks people should visit, it's his opinion. LP is the most thorough, but it's all about how you like to travel.

Not all travel guide books are the same.
Re: Best Travel Guides by peripatetically on 1 December 2006 12:41pm
The library is a good source, as mentioned, but I also like to head to a good bookstore's travel section to see the latest guides. Get a feel for what you like and let us know more later so we can offer you some fine-tuned information.

Have fun. Personally, I fell in love with Scotland right away. Do you have any clue about your itinerary yet? Cities and towns, that is? And how long will you be in each country?

I'm excited just thinking about Scotland again!!! hahahaha

Re: Best Travel Guides by Blairhoyle on 29 December 2006 10:57pm
I live in central Scotland and can give you local information - for list of dates and events look at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events

anymore info just drop me a message
Re: Best Travel Guides by Ken Dunn on 1 January 2007 2:19pm
We have a Footprint guidebook for India and it is very good with over 1400 pages in softback. Their title listing includes all the countries of the British Isles and Ireland with separate pocket guides for the big cities in the area. Try www.footprintbooks.com for more information.
Re: Best Travel Guides by MarcoP on 3 January 2007 7:15pm
Uh, for Scotland there's also http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/ - VERY detailed about every single place you may want to see, including the smallest and aparently meaningless village. Well, ALMOST every place.
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