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Don't people buy guide books anymore?

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Don't people buy guide books anymore?

Does it seem to you that people are relying solely on information they find on this site and others for trip planning? While this site (and others) are great for information gathering, there is NOTHING like a good guide book to answer your basic, general questions about any city you plan to visit.

I don't get it...

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41. Re: Don't people buy guide books anymore?

I don't believe I mentioned guidebooks to NYC published in 2001 or any other year.

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42. Re: Don't people buy guide books anymore?

No, IrishRovr, you did not mention NYC but did mention something regardind the publication date of 1910 in reference to a Travelogue you have or had read.

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43. Re: Don't people buy guide books anymore?

About Paris, which, since this is (or was the last time I checked) the Paris forum seems to be relevant. Guidebooks to NYC do not.

If we were discussing guidebooks to NYC I would not sugges that a hundred year old guidebook woujld be a useful resource. I would however suggest that anyone who visits that city without reading a good guidebook, whatever their excuse, is going to miss a lot especially in terms of context.

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44. Re: Don't people buy guide books anymore?

Point well taken and I'm not trying to be impudent here. I'm simply stating that any guide book, domestic or foreign, has its limitations ... primarily the inability to provide time sensitive data.

For instance, just before booking tickets through Expedia for the London Eye, I went to the London Eye web site and found out it was temporarily out of service. What a disappointment it would have been for my daughter and myself to show up with paid vouchers in hand and discover it was closed.

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46. Re: Don't people buy guide books anymore?

I DO read guide books to obtain historical and accurate information about the different venues I plan to visit. No question about it, they are invaluble. My point is a site like this aids in the time-sensitive planning when visiting a foreign land where I neither speak or understand the language. I want to be as knowledgeable as possible that will be critical to making the visit seamless before ending up on the rues of Paris and attempting to obtain information from passerbys.

PS I've either borrowed or purchased at least 4-5 guide books on Paris alone!

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47. Re: Don't people buy guide books anymore?

It goes without saying that time sensitive data need to be confirmed. Even last week's Travel magazine article on a ferry schedule between Copenhagen and Gothenburg might off.

However, asking if The Tower of London or, Notre Dame de Paris is worth of visit? ~ as opposed to asking if the lines are long on a Sunday are two very different questions. The first question, you can get a fairly accurate description from a guide book, and make up your own mind.

The second question is something that "experts" or fellow travelers

can help with.

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48. Re: Don't people buy guide books anymore?

I always use a mixture of both - like Irishrovr says - for historical info etc where you know the content is not likely to change or for suggested itineries. If I wanted to know a specific recommendation e.g. can someone say whether they liked the rooms at a certain hotel I would probably canvass the internet to get some other views.

A travel guide can only be as up to date as its last publication but its useful for things like street maps and points of reference when walking around as opposed to carrying round pages you may have printed off the web.

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