I have seen a lot of discussion on the internet about guidebooks, to use them or not to use them. Some people prefer not use books and instead rely on information from the Internet. For me personally I have to have guidebooks but that being said I still rely heavily on the Internet for information.
I love to look through the pictures in the guidebooks of sites that I hope I get to see during my visit. I also like to locate my accommodation on the maps. Often times I see examples of local goods that can be purchased as special take-home gifts. All of that being said I do not travel with a guidebook, they are too heavy and I pack light. Some people say they rip the pages out of their guidebooks that refer to information they may need. I could never destroy my precious guidebooks.
The other question is if you do use a guidebook is it a physical book or an e-book? Here again I prefer the physical book. My fireplace mantle holds numerous guidebooks from a multitude of countries. When I return home just a glimpse of those books brings back hundreds of fond memories.
But the Internet is an excellent source of very up to date information. I often find tips that guidebooks do not include or feel are essential information. I also have found information that even the locals are not aware of. When planning my trip to Sydney Australia on the Internet I found an aboriginal cultural center. When I posed the question to the locals on arrival many had never heard of the center.
So do you use guidebooks physical or the digital version? Or do you get your travel information strictly from the Internet?
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