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Which Guidebook Should I Choose?
Which guidebook is right for which typeof travel or traveler? The best answer, of course, is to come down to our store and browse our our extensive collection of books, maps and guides. In general though, there are variety of publishers out there, each offering itsown take on the subject.
We recently came across Travel Guidebook Reviews: How to Choose the Best Guidebook Series on the very helpful Women-On-The-Roadwebsite, which provide a great overview and comparison of quite a few of the major guidebook series.
In the introductory section of his book Europe through the Back Door 2011: The Travel Skills Handbook, author, tour guide, and radio- and tv personality Rick Steves offers a similar comparison of various guidebooks -- quite an unselfish move for a man who has so many publications under his own name! Even if you aren't planning a European adventure, it might be worth perusing this valuable resource.
Of course, neither article will help you to find the best guidebooks for a particular destination, like the popular Hawaii Revealed series created for visitors to the Hawaiian Islands. We also have a large collection of specific guides (birds & wildlife, architecture, etc.), travel stories and travel literature, many of which have a geographic focus. For this part of your research you will need to ask a local or come down to the store and ask our knowledgeable staff.