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Best Travel Guidebooks in the World

By travelanswerman | August 23, 2009

You will likely agree, the following travel guide book and map making companies are some of the finest in the world. Collectively, they have millions of happy travelers to back them up on a daily basis.

There’s only so much preparation you can do by yourself. Take along one or two of these trusty guidebook friends and let the professionals tell you where to go, when to go and what to do once you have arrived. Remember they have some of the best experience in the world.

Let us know what some of your favorite guide books are and why they rank high on your list. Will consider sharing them in the future!

  1. Frommer’s: This classic guide features a large array of titles and series like the “Day by Day” books, “Phrasefinder” series and “Irreverent Guide to…” books. Pick a theme for your vacation, and Frommer’s will take you there.
  2. Fodor’s: Pick from one of Fodor’s traditional book series by choosing an all-inclusive guidebook for Paris, Italy, or the Caribbean. Or select a travel guide in their “25 Best” or See It” series.
  3. Moon: The Moon guidebooks feature pages of beautiful photographs for destinations like the Canadian Rockies, Ireland, and the Virgin Islands. They also have special map books or guides especially for those moving abroad.
  4. Rick Steves’ travel books: Travel around Europe guided by the professional traveler Rick Steves. Choose books by country, region, or city.
  5. Let’s Go Travel Guides: The Let’s Go Travel Guides are great for planning roadtrips, extreme adventures, or relaxing vacations.
  6. The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life: Feeling uninspired or think you’ve already seen enough of the world? Check out this book, which will give you new ideas for travel destinations.
  7. The 10 Best of Everything: This hefty travel manual gives information on transportation and lodging around the locations of several “Top 10″ lists: the “ten finest golf courses to Luciano Pavarotti’s ten favorite opera houses to the ten poshest train trips, classiest wristwatches, most atmospheric pubs, and much more,” according to the product description.
  8. PassPorter: The PassPorter books give detailed descriptions about Disney cruises, trips to the Big Apple and more.
  9. National Geographic Guidebooks: These handy travel guides not only point out the best places to go, they also give you a brief history of the country, city, and/or region in which you’re traveling.
  10. The Backpacker’s Ultimate Guide: These BUG books give extensive information on backpacking through Europe, Australia, and the South Pacific.
  11. Baedeker Allianz Travel Guides : http://www.mairdumont.com/eng/baedeker.html  These wonderful travel guides offer a wealth of background information, describe places of interest in detail and provide many practical and useful tips.
  12. Lonely Planet: http://www.mairdumont.com/eng/lonelyplanet.html  These travel guides give an honest report on countries and people as well as culture and history, explain backgrounds and show how people can travel the world as tolerant tourists. They provide detailed practical information for independently-minded travellers and give details of exciting places to go to suit every budget. The guides are written in an amusing style and include detailed plans and maps.
  13. Kompass: http://www.mairdumont.com/eng/kompass.html With over 600 KOMPASS hiking maps available, KOMPASS offers the largest range in Europe, complemented by numerous KOMPASS hiking guides and KOMPASS cycling-tour guides.
  14. Marco Polo: http://www.mairdumont.com/eng/marcopolo.html   These travel guides present (virtually) all travel destinations across the globe. They are compact, informative and always up to date. With real insider tips, places of interest, hotels, restaurants, shopping, themed bars, practical advice and festivals and events.
  15. Dumont: http://www.mairdumont.com/eng/dumont.html   For recreational or cultural trips, city breaks, extensive long-haul trips or even hiking holidays, around 500 titles in six different ranges present travel in all its various forms and are a practical, reliable and competent guide while you are on the move.
  16. Stefan Loose Travel Handbucher: http://www.mairdumont.com/eng/384.htm  These books have a wealth of background information making distant lands and cultures more easily accessible. Detailed maps make it possible to explore bustling cities and traditional villages alike. Numerous concrete tips to suit every budget make travellers’ dreams reality.
  17. Rough Guides: www.roughguides.com  These days, Rough Guides is as much a travel content provider as it is a publisher of guidebooks. The guides themselves – distributed worldwide by the Penguin group – cover more than 200 destinations around the globe and subjects as diverse as Climate Change and Pregnancy.
  18. Eyewitness Travel Guides: www.traveldk.com  The DK Eyewitness Travel website features DK’s award-winning travel information. Whether you want to plan a trip, find inspiration, or share your travel experiences online, they have what you need.
  19. Michelin Maps and Guides: www.michelintravel.com  Michelin Travel publishes more than 22 million maps and guides and sells them in 70 countries! It includes 250 titles of maps, plans and atlases. Plus 380 titles of travel guides. Along with 22 titles for hotel and restaurant guides.
  20. Insight Guides: www.insighttravelguides.com  Since 1971, travelers have relied on Insight Guides, world leaders in visual travel guides and maps. With more than 500 titles to nearly 300 U.S. and international travel destinations, there is a full-color Insight Guide for every type of traveler and budget.
  21. Karen Brown’s Guides: www.karenbrown.com  They pride themselves on bringing you recommendations for both places to stay and suggestions for regional countryside itineraries.
  22. Footprint: www.footprintbooks.com  Footprint guides are written for independent travelers looking to get off the beaten track and escape the tourist crowds. They are passionate about helping travellers gain a refreshingly different view of the world and making their experience as positive as possible.

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