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phred

I really like his take on guidebooks

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Travel Rob

RE: I really like his take on guidebooks

by Travel Rob »

Thanks Phred ,I enjoyed it as well.I even looked uo the Rick Steves blog he quoted.He said a lot of nice things about Arthur Frommer.

and I think Ricks view that both UGC and guidebooks have a place in market is right.

 

http://travelwriters.blogspot.com/2013/04/rick-steves-believes-printed-travel.html

 

 

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yostwl

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While I love the internet for the ability to get detailed info on specific travel subjects, make reservations easily, etc., I still prefer a guidebook for overall planning.  The physical characteristics of the paper page in book form make it easier to complete some planning tasks compared to the internet.

I also sometimes get irritated with the PC-based library info systems.  Frequently when I want to find something, all the terminals are busy.  With the old card catalog system, seldom was anyone using the exact same card drawer that I needed to use.  But the PC systems are better for searching for something when you haven't a clue where to start.

Everything has its strong points and weak points.  Always a trade-off.

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phred

RE: I really like his take on guidebooks

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The T&L article talks about using guidebooks AND the internet together, and that is the proper approach. As noted, each has its pluses and minuses.

I thought it interesting that the author after his experience writing guidebooks thinks they are vastly underpriced, and I'm not sure I don't agree.  But unfortunately they are a dying breed.

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Joanna

RE: I really like his take on guidebooks

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"...and that is the proper approach."  phred

I'd say the "proper" approach is the one that works best for an individual.  I'm sure there are plenty of travelers who use one OR the other or even neither and have what for them is a perfect trip.  We can only really say definitively what works for ourselves, (as some like to say) IMHO.

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