Subject: Re: The best travel guidebooks
Hi Lucy and Ziners,

I like to look at lots of guidebooks! I use the public library to scout out what's available. I particularly like the budget guides when I am searching for accommodation possibilities (Lonely Planet, Rough Guide and even Let's Go even though I am "older" as well as Cadogan, Michelin, etc. I find that Fodor's and Frommer's too general and seem to focus on just the major tourist centres. I like a guidebook that tells me about public transportation, not aimed at drivers as well as information about grocery stores or markets and laundramats. And of course, I want cultural help too - painting, architecture, etc.

I always buy a guidebook before departure but then I choose partially on revision date - I want the most up-to-date book in my luggage.

And yes, I like Rick Steves too - especially his approach to larger cities. I like that he focuses on a few neighbourhoods for hotels, giving quite a few options and telling you why he has chosen to recommend that area. And he gives you restaurant and other recommendations near the hotels and B&B's that he recommends. Handy. After all, many times you want to eat nearby rather than go searching for somewhere.

BTW, if you haven't looked at the Michelin "green guides" lately, do so - they include accommodation now.

I always buy a map too!

Frances Toronto, Canada