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. Continue reading Pros and cons of my Rick Steves’ guidebook experiences

The Golden Rule of travel guidebooks

Since my first European backpacking tour in 2013, I’ve used my trusty Rick Steves’ guidebooks to collect and organise information for my trips. Preparing with a guidebook is like reading the hard copy of a book before going to the movie-version in the cinema; it gives you your first, imaginative taste of what the true experience will be like.

That being said, guidebooks include the word “guide” for a reason. I have been led astray by guidebook information multiple times, and have since created a golden rule: do not regard guidebooks as travel Bibles, but more as rough outlines for your journey. Below are several reasons why… Continue reading The Golden Rule of travel guidebooks