Top Travel Guides: Lonely Planet, Rick Steves & More

Top Travel Guides: Lonely Planet, Rick Steves & More

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Maxwell Ryan
Apr 29, 2016
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We've spent a good part of April bringing you travel tips and tricks, and I hope you've been inspired to plan a little get-away! With the internet, planning a trip seems almost too easy, no travel agents needed, apps that send you flight deals, you don't even need a map when you get there anymore. But I still think you can get a lot of value out of guidebooks, especially for big trips. They help you focus your vacation, provide fun facts you may not get when hitting google, and keep you something to do on long plane rides. So, we're going old school and rounding up our favorite books. Let us know your favorites and tell us about your upcoming vacations!

Guidebooks and phrasebooks that can take you around the world, Lonely Planet will help you navigate the world cheaply and with a ton of fun. They cover countries, cities, and road trips so you they've got something for everyone. Overwhelmed by options? Check out the Ultimate Travel book for inspiration.


If you're a student, sending a student off on travel abroad, or still on a student budget, Let's Go is a great option. "Our witty, candid guides are still researched and written entirely by students on shoestring budgets who know that train strikes, stolen luggage, food poisoning, and marriage proposals are all part of a day’s work. In short, we write for readers who know that there’s more to travel than tour buses."


Even if you don't consider yourself a budget traveller, there are still plenty of useful tips to pick up from Matt Kepnes. If you're looking for help figuring out where to save and where to splurge on travel, this can help. As one Amazon reviewer said, "Talk about traveling on a budget - this guy writes out specifically how to do it. There's no way that after reading this book, you won't save money on your next trip!"


The OG of travel guides, Rick Steves' Europe has got you covered for your next Euro vacation. Written in his smart, casual voice, these guides will give you in-depth information about major cities and off the beaten path trips all over Europe.


If you're looking for a different way to see the world, this book will help you figure out if service travel is right for you. "This fully updated edition is filled with in-depth information and profiles of 150 select organizations, more than 40 new in this edition, running thousands of quality programs in the United States and around the world."

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