So, yeah, I’m guilty. I’ve often bought the Lonely Planet travel books as a guide to where I’m going. But, I’ve often become disheartened by them. Places recommended to stay at have turned into absolute disasters. Many of the restaurants recommended are mediocre at best and tend to be crowded with hordes of tourists. I usually use my Lonely Planet to decide where not to go!
I was recently contacted by Tuttle Publishing and asked to review some of their travel books, and what a breath of fresh air! First of all, the books are beautiful. The full-color pictures are beautiful and I would never be tempted to tear pages out of the book like I do with the Lonely Planet travel books. I specifically looked at the Bali and Lombok and Indonesia travel books. I am very familiar with Indonesia and, I have to say, I wish I had these travel books when I was in Indonesia. Yes, these books cover the touristy sites that you don’t want to miss, but they also detail some of the more hidden spots like Lake Bratan, cycling on Nusa Lembongan, and Papua’s Baliem Valley. The books also have a few suggestions for places to stay and eat, shopping, and nightlife. There aren’t many suggestions, but I mainly use my guidebooks to know what I should see and do in an area. These travel books are easy to carry around and aren’t loaded with a lot of information that I don’t need. I also like that both guidebooks come with very detailed folded maps in the back. This makes getting around so much easier.
Tuttle also has beautiful picture books if you just want to dream about a place and do some armchair traveling. You can also order language guides, cookbooks, wall maps, and pocket dictionaries from them. I have to say, I’m impressed with the quality of their materials and books. Now, I’m going to have to go back to Bali and discover some of the places that I missed!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Tuttle Travel Guides complimentary from Tuttle Publishing in consideration for review publication.
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