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DK Eyewitness Guides vs. Fodor's See It Guides

Yeah, I know. What the heck thread is this? It's way too specfic. So what?

I've always been a person that is interested in learning about other countries. As a result I've recently aquired interests in Travel Guides. However, I do not like your typical travel guides, those that only have written words in them with no pictures.

Fortunatley for me, I discovered that DK books have the perfect guides for mey interests. The eyewitness guides are truly breathtaking, they have amazing images, visual maps, history of each respective country, restaurant lists, among many other neat features. You literaly feel like if you are in the country the book is describing (and showing you).

I became an instant Eyewitness fan. I bought about 10 Eyewitness books about diffrent countries.

I thought that I found the best books for learning about, and traveling to a country.

There are other picture travel guides, but non of them are as good as DK.

Or so I thought. The other day in a local bookstore in Boca Raton, I found out about Fodor's See it Guides. They are also awsome. They have great pictures and are very well organized. The way Fodors displays information on these guides are great as well.

So my question to those that like travel guides is, which of these two do you like best?

Which one would you reccomend?

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Re: DK Eyewitness Guides vs. Fodor's See It Guides

Well this isn't helpful but I was given a Lonely Planet book by co-workers and I really like it a lot, but it has no pictures so I guess you wouldn't...

i'm gonna be in a bookstore right before Christmas doing some charity giftwrapping, I'll check out both of these books and see what I think, maybe I'll pick one up for my trip to europe next year

I will say though that I looked up the Eyewitness Europe phrasebook and it looks to be the best one of all. Some of the others leave out major languages or entire regions (like all of Scandinavia?!!?) so I will definitely be buying the Eyewitness one of that, but again this is not helping you much

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Re: DK Eyewitness Guides vs. Fodor's See It Guides

Yeah, go ahead, check both these publishers books, they are great.

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well thinking about my big trip is the only thing getting me through my final months in school so I will jump on any opportunity to talk about travel

I did a quick look around amazon and I couldn't find a Fodor's See It book that covers more than one place, whereas there is an Eyewitness book for Europe in general that's going to cover all the countries I plan on going, so I guess for me that will be the one I will probably get

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Re: DK Eyewitness Guides vs. Fodor's See It Guides

Yes, it is true, DK is good for covering whole continents.

But for specific countries both publishers are very good.

Mind you, the DK books that are titled "Europe" or "USA" are interesting, but they don't provide super specfic information on any country, whereas the country specific books are very detailed.

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Mind you, the DK books that are titled "Europe" or "USA" are interesting, but they don't provide super specfic information on any country, whereas the country specific books are very detailed.
Well yes of course But I am going to 11 countries and mainly hitting the big cities, so taking 11 books would be kind of I would rather save room (and weight!) in my suitcase for purchases I'll be spending a lot of time in Italy though, more than 1/4 of my trip, so I will look into their guides for there in particular as that might be worth a separate book

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Yeah, taking 11 books would be a bit too much.

I went to Italy last summer and was a bit dissapointed.

I liked France, even if I only went to Nice and Monte - Carlo.

Please tell me about your expiriences of Europe if you remeber.

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I liked France, even if I only went to Nice and Monte - Carlo
hehe that's exactly where I'm going to go in France Glad to hear you liked it

Sure, I'll be blogging from the whole trip and i will probably have a thread here at mtf somewhere for when I'll be able to check in (gonna try to stay at hotels that offer wireless and stuff)

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Re: DK Eyewitness Guides vs. Fodor's See It Guides

I bought both of these books for Paris before I went but ended up only taking the Fodor's see it guide. To me fodor's is much better, it gives much more practical information.
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DK Eyewitness books aren't "practical" books, they're 'deluxe' book you keep at home to look at. Fodor's see it guides are good too, but they're different.

For practical purposes, "rough guides" book are the best. They're really excellent.

Lonely Planet doesn't seem really reliable for hostels suggestion. And they seem just plain boring.
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For practical purposes, "rough guides" book are the best. They're really excellent.
You mean one like this?
http://www.amazon.com/Rough-Guide-Eu...e=UTF8&s=books

Looks very interesting. I'd rather have something practical over pretty. I like the Lonely Planet book I was given, it's just got nice capsule things about the types of things i'm interested in, but I am looking for another book for the planning stages, this one looks quite interesting, thanks for the heads up

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Yes. "Rough guides" really have tons of practical info that I haven't found in other similar books. I just discovered them recently and it's the only travel books I look at now, with DK Eyewitness Guides.

About "Lonely Planet", it seems they recommand bad hostels in occasions. In their defense, hostels often change managements, so it's possible a good hostel turns into a bad one in a very short span of time.
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alright I'll definitely check out the Rough Guide then, thanks for the tip!

I guess I don't care about the hostel advice b/c I'm not staying in any hostels

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Well almost all hostels in the US are complete crap, so I understand Americans aren't really interested. But in the rest of the world, it's usually the first option for people under 30.

For hotels / hostels, it's a must to check on the Internet for reviews, I never trust books. Even expensive hotels can be infested with bedbugs, so it's always good to read a recent review before booking.
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Well almost all hostels in the US are complete crap, so I understand Americans aren't really interested. But in the rest of the world, it's usually the first option for people under 30.

For hotels / hostels, it's a must to check on the Internet for reviews, I never trust books. Even expensive hotels can be infested with bedbugs, so it's always good to read a recent review before booking.
Well that's not why I'm leery of it. i'm probably going to be traveling alone, and everyone I know and trust has advised me to stay in hotels. Plus, for me it's a really big trip and I want to do it right and I want to stay in normal hotels with air conditioning and all those things; i want it to be special and unforgettable and I want to do it right. I'm doing a ton of research online for sure, that's why I'd rather a guidebook that is good for things like sights and neighborhoods and maps and travel tips and things like that.

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