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  1. The importance of travel guides
  2. A glance at the covers
  3. A glance at the organization: Structural
    1. Destinations
  4. A glance at Aussie eats and drinks
  5. Case study: Park Hyatt, Sydney
  6. The Great Barrier Reef
  7. Conclusion: What does all this mean?
  8. Bibliography

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. [...]

[...] The back inside cover of both of the Lonely Planet guides includes a simple black and white photograph designed to symbolize an Australian experience. The Lonely Planet guidebook features a palm tree in front of the ocean, and the Lonely Planet on a Shoestring guide features a cheetah in the middle of the outback perched on a large rock with the text ?look further,? maintaining the theme of adventure. Both Lonely Planet books use this space to direct their readers to their website, [...]

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