Gone Rogue Travel

Pros and cons of my Rick Steves’ guidebook experiences

Before my first European backpacking tour in 2013, I spent hours pouring over various guidebooks in the Barnes & Noble travel section. Having read The Lonely Planet and Frommers guides before, I wanted an easier-to-read format packed with tips and important information. I stumbled upon Rick Steves and since then, have used his trusty guidebooks to collect and organise information for my trips.

While the best travel guide (in my opinion) in most ways, Rick Steves does have his flaws. This quick synopsis covers exactly why.

Why I chose Rick Steves over other big players (i.e. Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, etc.):

But, as much as I enjoy Rick Steves, it isn’t to say that Ricky and I haven’t had our differences.

Flaws I’ve found with Rick Steves:

Plus, several times during my first European tour and subsequent holidays, he led me astray.

Not-so-great guidebook experiences:

Choosing a guidebook is a personal decision, and the one you pick can influence how your actual visit will go. In the end, nothing beats chatting with locals to find the best things to see or simply getting lost in a new city, but a good guidebook is an amazing starting point for both information and inspiration.

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