Guidebooks are important because they are portable, they contain a surplus of information on destinations and they are easy to refer to. Noteworthy information guidebooks provide are the "must know" elements of different areas including advice on the culture and safety within destinations. The most important aspect of a guidebook is its portability and the ease of extracting information from it. A traveler can easily find himself on a train, wondering about his upcoming destination and it is a guidebook that is able to provide the traveler with a brief history of the destination, places to stay, places to eat, and what to see. Some guidebooks even include "off the beaten track" places where they will be more likely to experience the local people and culture.
[...] The Lonely Planet on a Shoestring book establishes its credibility by quoting Sunday Times” that states; “Nobody touches Lonely Planet for budget travel advice.” This distinguishes the Lonely Planet brand as the leader and the best choice for a traveler on a budget. The Lonely Planet on a Shoestring book further distinguishes itself by stating that this guide was written backpackers by backpackers,” and ensuring that the guide will help you “travel further and pay less.” The buzz words that this guide uses are the lowdown” for “nonstop parties,” cheap and sleep and again promising thrills “take your life in your hands” including scuba diving, bungee jumping, sky diving, skiing, and jet boating. [...]
[...] Budget travel for Frommer's readers is different than budget travel for Lonely Planet readers. A Glance at the Great Barrier Reef In terms of the overall chapter breakdown and the description that each guide book offers for popular sights, such as the Great Barrier Reef, I have chosen to look at a chapter from each book on Queensland. The title of the Frommer's chapter is specifically “Queensland & the Great Barrier the title of the Lonely Planet chapter is simply “Queensland.” Including the Great Barrier Reef in the title of the chapter is significant because unless someone is familiar with Australia, they most likely do not know that the Great Barrier Reef is located off the coast of Queensland. [...]
[...] A Glance at Aussie Eats & Drinks Frommer's and Lonely Planet both use up the better part of a page to explain the history of “Aussie eats and drinks.” Lonely Planet brings up the valid point that “born in convict poverty and raised on a diet heavily influenced by Great Britain, Australia cuisine has come a long Frommer's notes took a long time for the average Australian to realize that there is more to food than English style sausage and mashed potatoes.” Both texts refer to the Australian concept of “meat and three veg”. [...]
[...] Lonely Planet creates a budget travel guide, Lonely Planet on a Shoestring and Frommer's also has a budget counterpart, Frommer's from $60 a day. So what is the difference between these brands? What differences lie within these “budget counterparts?” A Glance at the Covers Despite societies command “Don't judge a book by its cover!” the cover of a travel guide is one of the most important elements in convincing people to use it. The cover is what convinces people to grab the Lonely Planet off of the shelf as opposed to the Frommer's, or vice-versa. [...]
[...] Lonely Planet on a Shoestring is a much shorter book, its “destination Australia & New Zealand” chapter, combined with its “snapshot Australia” chapter contain much of the same information that the standard Lonely Planet contains, a bit of Australian history, updates on current events, and information on the environment. The end chapters of both the Lonely Planet books are exactly the same, including health, time zones, glossary, behind the scenes and index. The behind the scenes chapters detail the history behind the Lonely Planet brand and credit the people responsible for creating the guide book. [...]
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