Yes – I might be a geek – But I don’t care!
Despite travelling around Australia and being very familiar with the country, I still love to use a guidebook when I am going on a trip. Guidebooks like Lonely Planet point out all kinds of attractions and locations that I might not have thought of visiting, and help me to stay organised on your trip.
In addition, they always help me to become more familiar with different areas and get the most out of my trip by providing me with helpful travel tips.
Now, I often get a bit of a hard time having a guide book. A lot of travellers think they know better and I often hear “I don’t need a guide book”.
In fact I use to say the exact same thing! I once was too arrogant to think I needed one. But the reality is; they are very helpful. You shouldn’t follow it religiously of course, but just use it as a guide (hence the name “guide book”)! For example I don’t always stay in the places they recommend but often use it is a base for finding the area I want to stay in.
Attractions and Locations
Guidebooks usually provide you with a list of attractions and locations that you can visit while you are in the area.
These include landmarks, entertainment, restaurants, and other local events; in addition, descriptions and sometimes ratings are given to help you choose where to go.
This is particularly helpful if you are unfamiliar with the area. Maybe you have just arrived in Melbourne and want to find something quickly to do.
Using a guidebook can provide me with information to help me plan a trip based around the best local attractions and things to do and see.
Organisation and Convenience
On long trips or vacations where you are unfamiliar with the area, planning and organising are vital. Guidebooks can help you pull together a schedule and stay organised throughout your trip with maps and visual aids to see where things are located, and lists of the best attractions in the area to help you plan. I have found the maps come in very handy on many occasions.
In addition, it is a great idea to use a printed guidebook due to the convenience. You won’t always have access to Wi-Fi in Australia; instead of worrying about cell phone data or service when you are trying to find information, you can just look through your guidebook to find the information you need.
Having a printed guidebook saves me a lot of time and keeps me from worrying about cell phone usage (You know how much I hate spending extra cash, and data is expensive in Australia). Also you wont always have service! It is a big country.
Maybe most importantly, I think it is really nice to disconnect from the internet! Do you really want to be on holiday and constantly connected to friends and the familiarity of things and notifications from back home?
Get out and explore, meet people and have a real experience!
If you are unacquainted with the area, guidebooks are a great way to familiarise yourself with your surroundings. In guidebooks, you can find lists of attractions, lodging, and food in the area, as well as cultural information in some cases.
You can use this information to become accustomed to the area in order to get the most out of your trip.
Many guidebooks, such as the Lonely Planet, include lists of general travel tips for everyone, no matter how experienced you are. Also some information that is often included is the history of the area, cultural information, or general travel hacks.
You may have otherwise walked past something of interest, maybe this is one of the most important things as for me; I love getting a bit of a basic understanding of the area and the history even in a young country like Australia.
In addition, they usually offer tips and hacks to save money, including information about cheap food and lodgings. By using a guidebook, you have access to tips and ideas that you may not have known otherwise and you won’t get flooded by all the information on the internet ( including this website! Ha!).
So, yes! “Guide book” up.
Travelling with a guidebook is a great idea, no matter what level of experience you have. These guidebooks include travel tips and lists of attractions, food, and lodging to help you organise and plan your trip.
For these reasons, I believe using a guidebook is the best way to plan your perfect travel experience. I am a guide book fan. Oh, and my choice for a guide is always Lonely Planet.
I just like the structure of the book, they are never bias and I love the way the information is presented. Check them Lonely Planet here to see what I mean.
What about you? Do you use a guide book or completely disagree with me? Let me know in the comments!