5 Alternatives To Guide Books

Guide books can be good starting place for those new to a location, however I often find they can be a bit too focused on telling you where to spend your money than on actually inspiring people to travel or dealing with the practicalities of it. Below is a list of my top 5 travel loges and alternatives to the traditional guide book.

In no particular order:

First Time Around The World – by Doug Lansky

The Practical Nomad – by Edward Hasbrouck

Traveler’s Handbook – Amy Sohanpaul

Vagabonding – by Rolf Potts

The Traveler’s Tool Kit, by Rob Sangster

You may also be interested in these 3 travel related ebooks, or reading my own book on how to travel the world for free.

Guide books definitely have their uses. Lonely Planet wouldn’t be as popular as they are if guide books were not useful to a lot of people. Sometimes though, when I look around a hostel and see everyone with their nose in a guide book, I do wonder if we should be opening ourselves up to more variety in terms of our resources. When I read about a location, or anything to do with travel, I want it to inspire me. I’m not saying ditch the guide book completely as it can be a useful tool, but it’s always good to have a look at alternatives and look at things from a different perspective, as after all, isn’t that what travel is all about – experiencing life from a different view?

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3 Responses to “5 Alternatives To Guide Books”

  1. ayngelina says:

    If you’re traveling Latin America I also highly suggest “Chasing Che.” The author does a great job of inspiring you to visit the countries without getting bogged down with the details.

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