There are literally
hundreds of guides on budget travel to be found on the Internet and in bookstores. Some are useful, some are not.
It really depends on what you want and where you are going.
Many web sites offer email
subscriptions and regular updates on where the best deals are. So how do you decide which ones are the most useful? A lot
of the sites are confusing, so how do you find the ones that are going to give you the information you need?
The best guides seem to be
the ones that give you specific information on either your choice of destination or the type of holiday you will be taking
(family vacation, backpacking, students, seniors, etc). There are the well known guide books/web sites like The Lonely
Planet that will give you information on just about every destination you can think of.
Or you can contact the embassy
of the place you want to visit or go to the library to find out more about your choice of destination. Most web sites will also have links to travel deals that are from the site sponsors. Some of the deals
look great but research them. Compare to other sites to get the best deal for you.
Online bookstores have sections
on travel guides. Try Amazon or specialty travel book stores like the Globe Corner Bookstores. They have an amazing array
of guide books for the traveler on a budget.
The most important thing
to keep in mind about published guidebooks is that once the information is printed, it is probably out of date. Although most
of them are updated annually, you cannot take what is written as set in stone. Internet guides are preferable in this area
because their information is updated sometimes on a daily basis, so all the deals on offer are available when you see them.
Some guides worth having
a look at for the budget traveler are:
• "The World’s
Cheapest Destinations" by Tim Leffel
• "Europe on $70 a
Day" by Arthur Frommer
• Any guidebook from
the Lonely Planet "Shoestring" series
• Any guidebook from
the "Cheap Eats and Sleeps" series
If you are backpacking, getting
a guide on hostels in the area you are traveling to is a good idea. There are many sites dedicated to finding hostels. You
will be able to get prices and make bookings in advance.
Once you know where you are traveling you’ll be able to find a guide on just about anything. How to get there,
where to sleep, where to eat, what to visit and how to travel around are all going to be available in a travel guide. And
once you get to your destination go to the local tourist information stand and look at what other helpful guides are available....