The Best Travel Guidebooks, Magazines, and Online Databases

July 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Travel information

If you plan on packing your bag and driving, flying, taking a train, walking, running, parasailing, or whatever you have to get to another place, you may want to check out a traveler’s guidebook before taking off. Guidebooks, magazines, and online databases are a great way to gain some knowledge about different places around the world. Guidebooks can provide massive amounts of information about the area you plan to go to, or give you ideas of where to go next. There is advice on which restaurants to try, what hotel to book, and how to immerse yourself in the culture.

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Travel Guidebooks:

  • Moon Handbooks

    • Expert writers give excellent advice and travel tips with a little bit of humor mixed in. These handbooks hope to help the traveler have a unique experience rather than the typical touristy experience.

    • The Moon collection includes a number of international destinations, as well as 8 United States guides.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel

    • Here’s a guidebook that gives you a little bit of the history of the city or country, the culture, architecture, and art! Learn everything you’d want to know about the place you’re visiting before you even go there by giving a DK Eyewitness book a read.

    • With over 200 destinations you’re sure to find the place you’re headed!

    • Each guide includes photographs, maps, illustrations, and stories.

  • Rick Steve’s

    • If you’re looking to travel to Europe, look no further than’ Rick Steve’s collection of guidebooks. He has been exploring Europe since 1969 and is now known as America’s most respected authority on European travel.


Travel Magazines:

  • Budget Travel

    • If you’re a savvy person in general, there is no reason to feel like you have to “splurge” in order to go on a vacation. Budget Travel helps people discover Real Deals.

    • It also provides consumers with practical and timely tools and tips!

  • National Geographic Travel

    • Includes amazing photography and in-depth stories to help you feel like you are a part of everything.

    • It is a magazine more about place, experience, culture, authenticity, and living like the locals, rather than tourism.

  • Global Traveler

    • Written for frequent business and luxury travelers.

    • Includes articles on news, deals, reviews, spas, golf, wine, international products, chefs, sports, and more.

  • Outside

    • A magazine all about the newest gear, adventure, fitness, and more.

    • Learn what it takes to be a true person of the outdoors.

  • Taste & Travel

    • Discover the newest and greatest culinary schools, gourmet destinations, epicurean lodging, culinary cruises, vineyard visits, food trails, fine dining, and more!


Online Guides:

  • Let’s Go!

    • If you’re a student looking to get away, look no further than Let’s Go. It’s an online database put together by students like you. It includes information about hostels, your destination, shopping, and provides trip information and tips.

  • Lonely Planet

    • A service that provides over 100 million travel books in one.

    • It includes different mobile and digital travel products

    • as well as an amazingly dedicated traveler community to answer questions and share stories.

  • Arrival Guide

    • Includes unique city break guides.

    • Leading network for destination information that can help people plan for and enjoy their vacations.

  • Fodor’s

    • Includes current information regarding food, shopping, hotels, and culture recommendations.

    • Enjoy the writings of over 700 travel writers who share their thoughts and experiences through Fodor’s.

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