Monday, January 6, 2014

Find the Travel Guide Book that Fits Your Needs

We posted an article about the best places to travel in 2014 as suggested by Lonely Planet the other day.  Lonely Planet is one of those travel guides that take you down the back street of some of the most popular places in the world.  They have been a go-to source of information for my husband and I for many years.

Yucatan Wild Life
It has occurred to me that the travel guide you use and feel comfortable with is very much an individual thing.  For many years we used Fodor's because when we traveled here in the USA, we wanted to find very good food in every town and we didn't want to depend on taking advice from someone that had a relative running a diner down the road.  Fodor's guided us to great food in Lincoln Neb, Orlando Florida and every where in between. We have even used their suggestion in our home city of Portland Oregon.

Yucatan Penisula, Mexico
But when it came to traveling in the far east, we knew we needed to come up with a new guide that told us how to act and where to go. Lonely Planet was one of our favorite because we could depend on their tourist information.

When we visited Vietnam a couple of years ago, online Trip Advisor was the source our family used to connect with hotels and tour guides in North Vietnam, Hanoi north to Sapa. While we connected with our hotels personally, without TripAdvisor we would never have known where to start.

If you are the kind of person that likes a little taste of jet set life, I think that Conde Nast may be the source of travel inspiration for you. When they came out with the 25 best cities in the world this last fall, we immediately looked at taking a vacation based on their Reader's Choice awards. For Mexico the award went to San Miguel de Allende.  We have our reservations for next September.

It is a lot of fun to dream about your next vacation but if you want your dreams to come true, finding a travel guide that suits your personality is very important. Trip Advisor will tell you what they think is the best but it will not be the same as Conde Nast or Fodor's. Shop around for what works for you.
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