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The Lonely Planet - A Travelers best Friend

Updated on March 6, 2011

Travelling to a far aways country is an awesome and unique experience, which I can recommend to everybody who is willing to take a long journey and who wants to be rewarded with unique experiences and awesome adventures.

Although travelling is mostly fun and getting to know a different culture and and foreign country, it is better if you are well prepared. Preparation is the key element in case you want to travel safely and use your time wisely. The Lonely Planet is from my point of view the best quality guide you can have and in this article I want to describe and explain some of it´s main features and why the Lonely Planet is so awesome.

Content & Structure

First of all the Lonely Planet is loaded with information about the country and the places that you must see while your there. More over it includes maps, tips and even contact details to hostels, emergency numbers and more. In this article I want to explain the features step by step. I would like to mention here that every version of the Lonely Planet works the same way and that there is a Lonely Planet for almost every possible destination, which you can think of.

The Lonely Planet usually starts with a detailed Introduction for the destination. The authors give information about themselves and their favorite trips in the particular destination. Then they give tips, when to travel and how to prepare yourself best for your travel. There are even checklists, with things you should not forget before you go.and many Links to websites that will help you with more information. They also provide you with possible routes, depending on the time you would like to spend and the places you want to see. They also explain which places you would see if you choose a particular route and name the page on which you are able to read more about the particular place.

In the following section “Snapshot” the Lonely Planet gives more detailed information about numbers like population, development over the past years and the current economy. Who is interested in working or living in the country might be interested in this part because you can recognize recent trends. The next part is about the history of the particular country. Here you can learn how the entire country developed from the first settlements to what it is today. This part is namely interesting to get to know the country and to realize why some things in nowadays are the way they are. The next chapters are “The Culture”, “Environment” and “Food & Drinks”, these chapters are also giving in-depth information about the country, give you a further impression how it is today and even average prices of products like beer or a meal in a restaurant.

How the Lonely Planet works

Now starts the main body of the book and also the most important part for travellers, the description of the different states within the country. Every state is described separately and in detail. Here you can find every information that directly matters to you, while you are travelling. There are maps for the different cities and for the states as a whole, so that you can basically travel around everywhere without getting lost.

Furthermore it is loaded with information about places you can and should visit and also how to get around in the most comfortable way. Especially the maps are extremely useful for you because almost every interesting place is marked on them, including: Places of Interest, Hostels, Restaurants, Bars and many more. In addition there is a description to every of this places right on the following pages so that you can choose more wisely where to go and what suits your interests best.

In the following the Lonely Planet explains how you can get best from on place to the next, with giving travel ideas and explaining the options you have and which way of transportation is most suitable for your particular trip, depending on distance, number of people and time of the journey.

The best thing about the Lonely planet is that every State is explained simultaneously and after you figured out the way you like to use it best, you can easily use it for every single state and more over for every country, where there is a Lonely Planet and let me point out here, that there is a Lonely Planet for almost every country and even single big Cities like Sydney or New York. Hereby I can just talk about myself but I have bought a Lonely Planet for every country in which I have travelled at least half a year and it was always a big help, no matter where I was.

So I hope that this article helped you to get to know the Lonely Planet and that the Lonely Planet will help you on your travel too.


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