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Who else takes more than 1 travel guide (like maybe 3)?

Who else takes more than 1 travel guide (like maybe 3)?

Feb 26th, 2006, 10:44 AM
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I take a Time Out guide for every city I'm visiting, and if there's no Time Out book for a given city, a Lonely Planet one.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 10:45 AM
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Information in text files is, in my opinion, infinitely more manageable than sheaves of paper. Why? Because text files can be searched by a program (even the very primitive Notepad has this capability).

If, for example, you're looking for a restaurant in the XIV arrondissement, you search for 75014 and the scan will stop on every address in the area, regardless of the order they were added (and some of the "Paris Restaurant" threads get built up pretty randomly over several weeks).

One More Time: magazine articles and brochures can be scanned and the images stored in a memory card. Thousands of pages weighs less than 1/10 of an ounce. And it's unnecessary to destroy books to do it.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 10:54 AM
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I always buy several guidebooks when I am planning a trip. But because we go with carry-on luggage only...I cannot take all my books with us on the trip.

So what I do is cut them up and take only those pages or chapters that are most relevant. When I get back home, I put the pages back into the books as neatly as possible.

It hurts me to cut up books. But I figure if I were to take another trip to the same area again, I'd want newer,updated guidebooks anyway.

Bon Voyage and have a wonderful trip.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 12:21 PM
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We always take several books for each place, plus articles, info from tourist offices, maps and our own lists, etc. It's not really such a problem - just categorize them and take in your carry-on only those for the first city. Put the rest in your checked luggage and switch off as you go.

Also, we routinely tear the books into sections - for instance - if we're doing only Bavaria we don;t take entire Germany books - just the appropriate chapter(s).
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Feb 26th, 2006, 12:41 PM
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One of my lofty, unattainable goals is to be able to write responses like Robespierre within a minute or two. Well-written and informed, concise, and a totally satisfying blend of humor, sarcasm, and impatience.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 01:05 PM
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[Oh gosh. Praised with faint damns again.]
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Feb 26th, 2006, 01:22 PM
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For next week:

City Secrets Florence, Venice and the Towns of Italy

Michelin Green Guide Venice

Michelin Green Guide Tuscany

Lots of my own printouts, and some photocopied pages. I hope my husband will put TimeOut Venice in his bag; I'll be nice so he agrees to.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 04:41 PM
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We do take at least three, for weeklong trips, and historically, on shorter trips, we have spent nearly as much time in the well-researched hotel room, reading the guidebooks, as we have seeing the sights.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 04:43 PM
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I believe in getting 1 or 2 really good guides...

I think that the Dummies Guides....or the ..... For Idiots are great guides because they lay out things very easily and straightforward and answered a lot of my questions.

I don't necessarily think you will need 3 books to take with you on the trip. I say maybe using 3 books to gather 1 big typed out list. It is much easier to travel with a cheatsheet, than a bunch of books.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 05:48 PM
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Milliondollarbbw -

Yes - but many people want more detailed info - either because they're experienced travlers who have been before and seen the basics - or just because they want to learn/know more.

(Travel for Dummies doesn;t work for us - we're not Dummies. Now - maybe Housekeeping for Dummies.)
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Feb 26th, 2006, 05:51 PM
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No, I am all for getting more than 1 or 2 guides....I am just suggesting, for traveling light purposes, to type out or write down all the key points of interest. I did that on my last trip and even wrote out the trains to get to each destination. It was much better than carrying two books around and trying to flip thru each one. Also, the single sheets of paper or journal book were less conspicuous than the guide books.

I say, do whatever works for you! Even one of Rick Steeve's books has a pullout feature, where you can just pull out certain sections of his book for easy carrying.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 05:59 PM
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On our last trip we found a hotel we liked for our upcoming Paris trip so we left all our Paris guidebooks with them to hold for us!! Here's hoping they are there when we arrive.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 07:00 PM
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loisco--that's funny! I hope they are there. How fun and exciting to get to find out if they held them for you. Maybe I'll leave my bulkier books wherever I stay for the next visitor to use Perhaps with a little hello note from me This would be a fun thing to start. Include email address, see who got the book and where it goes. Each person leaves it when they are done. Hmmm. I think I'm on to something fun here.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 08:53 PM
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Robespierre, I knew a friend who used that site, but I didn't realize it's for ANY kind of books. Thanks for the link.
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Feb 27th, 2006, 05:24 PM
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I usually just bring one Lonely Planet book. Sometimes, I'll also bring a travel memoir about the country I'm going to or fiction by an author from the country I'm visiting (eg Wide Sargasso Sea when I went to Jamaica, The Old Patagonian Express when I went to Ecuador, etc).
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Feb 27th, 2006, 06:23 PM
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On my trip to Rome 5 years ago I wore a backpack with only travel books -- perhaps 5 or so. Near the Colliseum I was accosted by child gypsies who thought they had hit paydirt with my big packpack. Ha Ha. I don't think Books were what they were looking for!
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Feb 27th, 2006, 06:25 PM
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BTW, tell your hubbie to relax. These books will come in handy. There is nothing worse than being in a wonderful place like Paris and having a brain freeze about what you'd like to do next. Take the books, tear out the pages or leave them when you're done!
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