Travel Guides: Here are the Best

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Which one to choose among the available travel guides?

This is the dilemma (splendid dilemma) for travelers who want to know everything about a place even before getting there, avoiding too touristy places and having the right tips, as if they had a friend on the spot ready to advise them.

The idea I have made is that there is no guide universally better than another, but that everyone can like one style instead of another and can be closer to a way of understanding a place instead of preferring an ‘ other perspective. Also, there are guides more or less suitable for a certain destination or a certain style of travel guide.

I also tell you that I also judge guides according to an important metric: weight, as I like to always carry them with me.

For example, I am now a lover of Lonely planet guides and for me buying one is the consecration of a departure (but sometimes, I must admit, they are too bulky)!

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Also, I like guides that leave some space to jot down observations and additions, places I’ve been, and so on. Which means that they also become precious for all friends who will go to the same place in the future, and to whom I will lend them.

What I like most is that the Lonely Planet provides you with directions for different types of travel, from the weekend to the canonical two weeks, from the luxury holiday to the hostel one. So having it in your backpack allows you to create the right mix for you. In the classic version, there are perhaps too few photos for my taste, while in the Pocket versions, for the major European capitals, perfect for a short trip that involves few trips, there are more photos and there is also a removable map.

Another excellent alternative, if you have a “more particular and European” taste, and if you want to dream just by reading about itineraries, routes and trips proposed, are the Routard guides. Surely you have seen the sticker with the traveler with the world on his shoulders hanging outside some excellent restaurant, a symbol of these guides with a slightly bohemian soul.

Unrivaled in terms of restaurant recommendations, more photos, more stories, certainly less essential than their Lonely Planet “cousins”, I think their French origin can also be understood from how they advise against going to some places.

If, on the other hand, you are looking for itineraries a little more out of the box and advice from real insiders, then I recommend .which will make you feel as if you have a booklet compiled by an old friend of yours who lives on site.

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If, on the other hand, you need to travel more with the mind, seeing evocative photos of the places, rather than reading their characteristics, the National Geographic Travel guides will make you want to explore every corner of a country. To be honest, they are perhaps the least comprehensive and the ones that go into less detail than the more niche locations, but if you intend to combine them with other sources, they are a great alternative. I especially like the in-depth sheets.

For Italian destinations, however, I find that the guides of the Italian Touring Club remain incomparable, especially if, like me, you are interested in the historical and artistic aspects of a city. And if you need specific maps for a trip by car, it will be providential, while for a traveling trip in Europe I recommend the Bradt, which for example for a road trip in Iceland was perfect. 

Tell us what your favorite travel guide is! Which one do you usually find best when you have to explore a new place?

Phenomenal shields are required as a result of COVID-19 while traveling. 

You may be the source of COVID-19 once you are exposed to this virus, there may be not any symptoms, that called Asymptomatic but if you are a virus carrier then you may present this to others in the community. If you got your COVID-19 test positive then must stay quarantined for 14 to 21 days as CDC.

CDC also recommended everybody should use facemask while being outside. 

Below are a few more recommendations of the CDC.

Wash your hand for 20 to 30 seconds after any hand contact.

While you are in open places and need to touch any physical object, must wash your hands with soap and water, in case of not availability use sanitizer( must contain 60% of mythic alcohol.

It is advisable not to touch your parts of the body as this can be a medium of transportation of this deadly virus through the nose, tongue, ear, and eyes. It would be better if possible try to use door openers and handles to open such objects.

Maintain a social distance that is 6 feet in any type of gathering.

Arrange your food by own and if not possible then use takeaways or ask for a delivery of your place.

If required to use public restrooms, must wash your hands immediately with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds of apply sanitizer on hands and rub it until dry on every area of your exposed skin 

Stay safe and stay healthy

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