Non Rick Steves Guidebook Assessment: 2011
There are a lot of guidebooks other than Rick's. What are some of your experiences using different guidebooks, positive and negative?
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New York, NY USA Wed 11/09/2011
We very much like the Rough Guides in general, also Cadogan for Italy. I am a big supporter of guidebook industry[INVALID]usually buy 3 or 4 (Rick Steves if Europe, Rough, Fodor, Frommer) before a trip, then tear out pages of some. 1 great tip makes it worthwhile $$.
Point Richmond, CA USA Sat 09/10/2011
Trattoria Katti in Florence
Yesterday evening I ate at Trattoria Katti in Via Faenza number 33 and was very pleased. I had bistecca Fiorentina and it was delicious, and not too expensive. It is a regional speciality of Tuscany. That was all I wanted, plus water and a little wine, and they were happy to accommodate me. It is worth a visit.
Washington, DC USA Sat 08/13/2011
In my experience, if you like Rick Steves' style of traveling, you should like Lonely Planet guidebooks.
They're geared towards the young, and young at heart, who prefer an authentic experience rather than a 5-star luxury vacation.
Reno, NV USA Sun 08/07/2011
I am going to Cambodia, Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. I hear rick Steves' travel books are awesome but unfortunately he doesn't do these places. Any suggestions??
Calgary, Albert USA Mon 07/25/2011
Part of packing light is not always taking a full-size guidebook with you as you tromp around a city. To this end Knopff MapGuides, for various cities worldwide, are wonderful. I just used one in Paris and it was perfect. They are light and compact but contain all the information and maps you need, plus the maps fold out much smaller and sturdier than maps from a TI, so you spend less time fumbling in the wind looking like a tourist! Can't recommend enough!
Stuttgart, Germany Mon 07/11/2011
I used RS Rome (purchased) and Florence (library book) for a trip to Italy in 2009. They were fabulous with information on what was worth seeing and what wasn't. Turkey in 2011 I didn't buy RS because it only was for Istanbul so I purchased Lonely Planet. It just wasn't the same. Also the print in LP is too small for those of us over 50. The only saving grace was the owner of our hotel in Istanbul (Apricot Hotel) lent us a copy of RS Istanbul. Steves tips on how to navigate are so much better than LP right down to how to read a train ticket in Italy. The only thing I don't often follow is hotels as I tend to book cheaper ones (we only sleep in the room). I like Steves tip on ripping apart books and building a custom one for the areas you are actually going to
Kamloops, BC Canada Fri 06/10/2011
Don't waste money on another book
It's silly but I actually heard of Rick Steves' books for the first time when the Gilmore Girls were planning a trip to Europe (they mention it on the show, the rich grandma is appalled, it's amusing). Last year when I was (finally) planning a long-dreamt-for trip to Italy with my sister, I bought the Italian guide book, along with a Fodor's and an Eye-Witness. The other two books were fine, they pointed out the facts of each area and had good things to say about everything. But buying the Rick Steve's book was the best thing I did. The book was amazing and we had an absolutely amazing time. Planned the trip ourselves and travelled every few days to a new city or village, with no worry. The guide made us that comfortable. I'm now planning a trip to Ireland and of course, my first step is to pick up a Rick Steve's guide book! It's not just that they list the best deals on hotels and food, its that they actually have an opinion on the different locations and give clear ideas as to why something is worth the time or not.
Wasaga Beach, ON Canada Mon 04/25/2011
Time Out Istanbul is a nice complement to RS' Istanbul. I haven't used any of the other city guides from Time Out, but imagine they're as informative and well-written as the Istanbul version.
Chicago, IL USA Fri 03/25/2011
Amazon now has a lot of the Lonely Planet and Rough Guide books available for Kindle. This might be handier than lugging a book along if you're trying to pack light.
Minneapolis, MN USA Thu 03/24/2011
Need a Toilet in Rome? Try Mad Jacks
I was in Rome on Via Arenula and found myself in need of a toilet. I went to Mad Jacks Irish Pub and asked a redheaded barmaid if I could use the facility. She rudely responded that the toilet was only for use by customers. I later found out that in Rome it is unlawful for bars and restaurants to prohibit toilet acces to anyone, customer or not. If I had told a polizia they would have issued a fine on the spot. Great law!
Miami, FL USA Thu 02/24/2011
I always travel with rick steves guides as well. But I never forget my red michelin guide. I have had great success with the red guide in France, New York and San Francisco. What I love about traveling with both is that Rick will mention a couple small towns to visit in an area maybe for daytrips, but not offer any lodging/restaurants or if any very few. I can open up the red guide and find the exact town usually with several hotels and restaurants in various price ranges. Also, when you do not have internet access the red guide has so many options, so if you are travelling lets say in the south of France in July and you have called all of the hotels on Ricks list but they are booked full you have plenty of other options. I really also like to crosscheck recommendations from Rick, Fodors, Michelin guide etc before booking hotels. Almost forgot, I have had great success with Alistair Sawdays bed and breakfast and hotels and chateaux guides, these ones are strictly lodging recommendations that sometimes comment on food served at the residence. I found a great hotel in Paris from one of the books and of course its one of Rick Steves favorites!
USA Sun 01/30/2011
Malta - used Lonely Planet
I use Rick's books whenever possible, but he didn't cover Malta so when we went there for Christmas 2010 we relied on Lonely Planet. Had to buy a big book for just a few pages, but it gave us what we needed.
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Spokane, WA USA Sat 01/29/2011
24 Greats Walks
I'm in Scotland right now, on a 5 month trip and I brought a bunch of different guidebooks.
One of those books was Frommer's 24 Great Walks in Edinburgh. At first this book seemed like a godsend but then it started talking me down sketchy back alleys.. Its true that there are a lot of great things in this book (and no Rick Steve's equivalent) but be careful with it..
Vancouver, BC Canada Fri 01/28/2011
I use Rick Steves, also Lonely Planet which has a slightly different perspective (more European). Fodor and Frommer have nice walking tours, but I would just zerox or download those sections, not the whole book.
Miami, Fl USA Mon 01/03/2011