Tips for the Bible (Travel guide books):
Regardless of which guidebook you will end up choosing, I have found that it is most important to choose a book that is up to date. Look at the publishing date - a book that was published in December 2012 was likely researched and written up to a year before. Especially in developing countries a lot can change in a year. Also look at the reviews and read into the book to get a feel for the author.
- the mother of all budget guidebooks, although I have to say that lately it has gotten a bit main stream; highly recommended for South East Asia
- second in line, they are more catering to students, very current prices on housing and transport
- a british publisher; be aware that currency, language and style will be heavily influenced by Great Britain
- similar to LP, Let’s Go and Footprint
- I have found them to be very thorough and well researched – good for North & Latin America – still with much limited selection
- excellent city guides
- I use these as my additional guide book for sites and quick overviews to many of my travels. I think I have over 40 of these guides – only in German
Links for Inspiration:
- my personal measurement of where I am with my countries visited
- another encouragement list for what is still missing
- you have to have goals in life
Links for Practical Advise:
- how to pack your backpack (there are many of these lists out there and they should vary based on where you will go, this one seems to be a good one to start with) – an exercise that is essential to avoid extra weight.
- CIA Travel Advisory. This provides you with a good feel of where it might not be good to travel to right now. At the same time it includes many destinations where I say common. Countries like Lebanon, Israel and Colombia have been on that list for years, exactly these countries have been some of my best travel experiences.
- Information site for what kind of vaccinations you need for the region you will travel to
- Vaccinations in German