Thinking about a vacation sometime soon? A travel guide would certainly help. With
these highlights, you can quickly sift through the best travel
books and bookstores. After all, you want to spend your
time on vacation -- not planning it.
Of the numerous travel publishers, these are some of the biggest.
Europe Through the Back Door
Rick Steves, possibly the best-known authority on European travel,
has written more than 20 guide
books (plus the Reader's Digest version, the Snapshot Guides) and been leading group tours for more than 20 years. His site
also offers a wealth of free information, including travel tips and a
monthly newsletters. See when his yearly books come out here.
This popular travel guidebook company sells countless guides to worldwide destinations on its site. Also
search hotel, cruise and
restaurant reviews and recommendations; research parks of North America and price airfares. The site also has an 80 Degrees Travel Planner feature, which helps you choose where to vacation, as well as a daily travel blog and deals section. You can also download guides in PDF form here. (Interesting observation: No overt ads for
their guide books -- and they publish hundreds.)
Let's Go Travel Guides
One of the most popular guide series for the college and
twentysomething set, written for and by students for the past 50 years. Each of their 24
books, which cover cities, countries and continents, are revised
annually. Guides' destinations include Buenos Aires, Israel, NYC, Thailand and more. Click here to read more info about destinations online, search stories by destination, get the best deals and find a hotel directly on the site.
This Los Angeles-based travel bookstore carries travel guides and
travel literature. It
specializes in authors of obscure armchair literature and hard-to-find guide
Wide World Books & Maps
This Seattle-based store has the distinction of being the first travel-only
bookstore in the U.S. They currently carry more than 14,000 map and book
titles -- search their catalog by title, author, country or topic.