When you think about travel guide books, what comes to mind? More than likely, it is Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet guide books are by far the most popular, the most widely known and by far the very best guide books on the market. They are great for getting to know a city and country from people who have been there and know the places like the back of their hand. But, should you carry your Lonely Planet guide book with you while you travel?
Should you carry your Lonely Planet guide book?
I am a huge fan of Lonely Planet books, I have about seven guide books, all of which I have read several times from cover to cover. But, while I love them would I recommend taking them with me in my luggage?
On my first overseas trip I stuffed my New Zealand guide book into my baggage, I thought I would need to know everything and do everything it recommended. But, on that trip, I realised I didn’t really need it. While it was helpful to read the tips and hints, I felt like it was taking up precious room in my luggage and I was not using it as much as I thought I would. I was out enjoying myself doing things as they were presented to me. I was out doing a lot of unplanned activities, things which would never have happened if I followed the guide book in its entirety.
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Alternatives to carrying a Lonely Planet guide book
Lonely Planet E-book
Every Lonely Planet book comes as an e-book, rather than carrying around a thick 300-page guide book, download the e-book. The e-book is available to view on your phone, iPad, laptop or even Kindle. There are many benefits of using an e-book.
- First of all, they are cheaper to buy than hardcover books
- They are better for the environment
- They take up no space in your luggage
- Viewed on multiple devices
Lonely Planet Guides App
The Lonely Planet Guides app is very useful. It is a condensed, electronic version of the Lonely Planet guide books. The app is free to download and has more than 150 cities, worldwide to download.
You can download the app here: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/guides
Travel vlogs and blogs
Another alternative to Lonely Planet guides is to watch travel vloggers on Youtube and read travel blogs. There are thousands of them out there and they offer free content. A lot of them have really great, useful information.
Thanks for reading should you carry your Lonely Planet guide book with you while you travel. What are your thoughts on taking a Lonely Planet guide book with you?