Goodbye guidebooks?

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So AA, who have been printing travel guides since 1910, has announced that it has no plans to print any more and will instead focus on its online version begging the question: have guidebooks had their day?

I hope not. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for online (and as a CD-Traveller reader I suspect you are too!) but nonetheless I do believe that guidebooks could and should still have a place in our suitcases.

Guidebooks like Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, DK, AA et al have been my bible through my gap year adventures down under at 18, the summers I spent in Switzerland as an au pair while at university and my expat postings in the UAE, Cayman Islands and China. They have not only highlighted the top sites and bites, but provided interesting, invaluable information on each and every destination’s history and culture.
I love the way a guidebook feels in my hand and looks on my bookshelf – and that I can then easily pass it along to interested friends and family, of any age and sex. At the risk of sounding like a dinosaur, I hope guidebooks don’t die out for while I would never advise slavishly following a guidebook they can – as I am able to attest to – help  travellers navigate a new country/city with a little more confidence and in a little more comfort.

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