Why You Should Buy a Guide Book Before Your Next Trip

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With travel-themed TikToks and Instagrams, and endless reviews and recommendations on Trip Advisor and Yelp, you might think there’s no need to buy a hard-copy guidebook before heading off on your next trip. But in fact, it’s still a great idea to invest in one of these analog travel buddies! Yes, it’s a little extra weight in your backpack, but the rewards will be worth it!

Learn About Language, Culture & History

Travel guides such as the Lonely Planet don’t just contain recommendations for accommodation, food, and activities. They are also packed full of fascinating and easily digestible information about the history, culture, customs, and language of your destination. This will help you gain a deeper understanding of the country you’re in, connect with locals, and have a more enriching experience.

Perfect for Internet-Free Travel

Perhaps you’re traveling somewhere where the internet is patchy, your roaming data has run out or you just fancy disconnecting from the world for a few days. Having a travel guide means you can carry heaps of useful information in your backpack, with no need to ask for the Wi-Fi password.

Bookshelf Travel Trophies

Building up a collection of guidebooks to display proudly on your bookshelf is a lovely visual reminder of your travel experiences. Plus, the guidebook itself can become an interactive record of your trip. Circle the places you’ve visited and loved, make notes and lend books to friends from your travel library to pass on the joy!