There are few things in life which can provide more joy and fulfilment than travelling the globe and experiencing other cultures, but if you decide to travel to a faraway land, don’t go it alone. Without the right travel guide, you could wind up missing out on some of the most important and exciting things that a city has to offer for the curious traveller.
Whether you are looking for sightseeing, bus tours, fine dining options, unique shopping locations, and/or lodging, the right travel guide can mean the difference between finding a beautiful bread & breakfast hidden away in the country instead of a poorly kept generic hotel. The travel guides listed below are the most tried & true off all guides, compiled by experts and locals to give you the best travel experience possible.
Created by Arthur Frommer in the late 1950's, Frommer's travel books have become some of the most widely enjoyed in the entire world, with currently over 350 guidebooks spanning the entire globe. For anyone just getting into travel, let Frommer's be your Bible.
Highlighted above is Frommer's Portugal, a particularly well-reviewed guidebook of a gorgeous destination.
While not as well known as some of the other heavy hitters, like Frommer's and Fodor's, do not sleep on Moon travel guides! Creating top-tier guidebooks since 1973, and known for their guides to Asia and the Americas, you can trust Moon guidebooks to steer you in the right direction because they are composed by authors who are local to the areas that they write about.
With over 30 years of European exploration under his belt, Rick Steve's has become one of the foremost experts of where to go and what to do while in Europe. In Europe Through the Back Door, Steve shares some of his all-time favorite places to experience, many of which you won't find in other guides. For anyone looking to give Europe a try, this book is a must.
Currently sporting over 440 guidebooks covering over 300 travel destinations, Fodor's is definitely a household name for anyone who loves to travel. Coming up on their 70 year anniversary, you know you can trust Fodor's guides to provide in depth information about the people, places, and cultures of any location you might consider visiting.
For anyone looking to visit The Big Apple, let the Not For Tourists Guide to New York City be your guide, which contains so much useful information that it can be valuable to not just tourist, but actual residents of NYC! Learn exactly which spots to hit up and which ones to avoid in all of NYC's varied neighborhoods, written by locals with tons of experience.
The time of year you decide to travel should greatly influence your destination, and you won't always know where and when to go, but luckily Lonely Planet's Where To Go When maps out in great detail which times of year are optimal for countless destinations, and even provides a trip planner for every month of the year. For each month, the guide offers 30 recommendations of vacation spots that are at their peak.
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