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What do you look for in a guidebook?

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Looking through the bookstore shelves for a travel guide can be a daunting experience in and of itself these days - there are so many choices!

When selecting a travel guide, what do you look for?

One thing I look for, is how much space is devoted to accommodation/restaurant listings. I book my hotels long before I go and generally prefer to rely on on-line sources for making that decision anyway, and my eating habits on holiday tend to run to the cheap and quick variety (so not a foodie). For example, my eating plan for Italy consists of gelato and pizza (with some fresh fruit thrown in so I don't die of scurvy. :) ) So, having a quarter of the book devoted to these things decreases it's appeal to me.

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