Summer vacation season is underway. One way to gather information about your vacation destination is to read a travel guide. The library carries several series. Here are descriptions of a few of the more popular travel guides.
Fodor’s offers comprehensive guidebooks. Some features include background information of the location; tips on safety, tipping, and climate; websites for further information; and color photos and maps. Hotels and restaurants are listed for a range of prices from inexpensive to expensive. A star rating system indicates when something is “Fodor’s Choice” or “Highly Recommended.”
Like Fodor’s, Frommer’s is a comprehensive travel guide. Frommer’s also uses a star rating system for hotels, restaurants, attractions, shopping, nightlife, towns and regions. Frommer’s has a Best of section to highlight particular aspects of a location. Hotels and restaurants are listed as “Very Expensive”, “Expensive”, “Moderate” or “Inexpensive”. There are maps and some photos.
Lonely Planet guides originally catered to backpackers and budget travelers. They have expanded to include more mainstream travelers but still with an emphasis on budget travel. Most hotels and restaurants listed are in the inexpensive range. Founded in the 1970s these guides provide “advice on traveling sustainably and responsibly” (from lonelyplanet.com). There is some focus on safety and legal issues for each location. Other travel guides that cater to budget travelers are Rough Guides and Lets Go.
Insight Guides feature beautiful color photographs. The focus is on history and culture of the destination. The practical information for hotels, restaurants, etc. is gathered at the end of the book. This is a good choice if you want in-depth background information about your destination.
Eyewitness Travel Guides are highly visual. Guides include history, culture and attractions. They use many photographs and illustrations along side descriptions of the destinations. The practical information on accommodations, restaurants and shopping is in the “Travellers’ Needs” section, and there is a “Survival Guide” section for travel tips.
Other travel series that can be found in the library include Access, Rick Steves, Off the Beaten Path, Explorer’s Guide, Moon, National Geographic Traveler and Rough Guide. Each guide has something different to offer. The best way to choose a travel guide is to determine what type of travel you want to do, then come to the library and browse the options available. And, have a terrific summer vacation.