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Guide Books

Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Guides have been the backpackers bible for years. Especially good for those on a low and mid budget but popularity has meant that sooner or later you're bound to meet other folk using the same guide as you. If its solitude you're looking for LP guides are probably not the ones to go for. That said the information is largely unrivalled by any of the other guides apart from possibly Rough Guides.
Insight Guides
Insight Guides present an indepth coverage of the socio-economic history of country with excellent narrative and photographs. Great for background information before you visit a country but if you're travelling light carry Lonely Planet actually on your travels.
Footprint Guides Footprint's handbooks have a legendary beginning. Their flagship title, The South American Handbook, began life in the 1920s and is the longest running English-language guidebook in the world. From this starting point, Footprint have in recent times built up an impressive collection of guides which also cover Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. The guides are packed with extraordinarily detailed information which is especially useful in large cities, where every imaginable service is detailed. But, with the minute detail which leaps out from every page, the books in the series also have a surprising knack for leading the traveller away from ordinary tourist haunts.
Rough Guides
The Rough Guides are perhaps the best overall choice for travellers on a budget who want to get a full grasp of a country's cultural and historical background. However, it should also be pointed out that the series is a little patchy. The guides to West Africa and Kenya, for instance, are absolutely superb and unbeatable, whereas some of the other books (Corsica and Chile are two examples) are weak in certain respects. Some people also find the layout a little confusing. Nevertheless, the Rough Guides are an excellent choice for most destinations.
Time Out
Almost invariably the best choice as a city guide for the young and young at hear with great coverage of cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, london and New York. Main criticism is that the city selection is still quite limited.

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GetAbroad Recommendations

No Sense of Direction
Eric Raff
Eric Raff is an inspiration to everyone of us that has dreamed of quiting the rat-race to go and travel the world. He embraces the trials and tribulations of unplanned budget travel providing the reader with a truly entertaining read.
The Worst-case Scenario Travel Handbook
Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht
Sequel to the best-selling international sensation The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, this is the indispensable and indestructible handbook for life's little turns for the worse when abroad. With real step-by-step instruction from expert sources on such crucial topics as how to cross a piranha-infested river, pass a bribe, walk on a broken leg, sneak, across the border, escape from the trunk of a car, and survive being stalked by a lion, it's the one book you can't leave home without.
A Parrot In The Pepper Tree
Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart turns another leaf on his life in southern Spain in this "Sort Of" sequel to his biography, "Driving Over Lemons". It is in fact part sequel - further (mis)adventures of Chris and his family on their remote Andalusian farm - and part prequel, looking back on Chris's previous lives, drumming with the teenage Genesis and in a circus, shearing sheep in midwinter Sweden and heading off to Spain to learn flamenco guitar.
A Mad World, My Masters
John Simpson
There are only a handful of places left on this earth where you can't buy a McDonald's hamburger or stay in a Holiday Inn - and John Simpson has been to them all. This hugely successful volume of writing is a celebration of some of the world's wilder places. His extraordinary experiences include stories about a television camera that killed people, about how Colonel Gadhaffi farted his way through an interview and how he - Simpson - mooned the Queen.
How to Shit in the Woods
Kathleen Mayer
This updated edition provides a guide to the art of "going" out-of-doors. It deals with the whens, wheres, how, and what-nows, with chapters such as "Anatomy of a crap" and "For women only: How not to pee in your boots". It includes information on how to take waste home, for rock climbers, kayakers and others dealing with rock-hard and fragile ecosystems, and is illustrated by black and white drawings.

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Hip Hotels: Budget
Herbert Ypma
Hip Hotels: Budget. Doesn't that sound too good to be true? But true it is. All the ingredients that make a HIP HOTEL - fantasy, originality, style, location - are available at less than astronomical rates, if only you know where to look. No less surprising is that they are truly global in range. Urban or remote, historic or post-industrial, Sunset Boulevard or Australian outback: take your pick. These are hotels created by enthusiasts, and it shows. They include an original canal house on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam, a collection of thatched huts overlooking a black-sand beach in Bali, a palace in the heart of the Marrakesh medina, and a vast converted power plant in Hamburg, its massive stilled machinery looming like sculpture over the interiors. Budget or not, style doesn't get more authentic than this. So plunge in and discover for yourself this latest fabulous - and fabulously affordable - collection of HIP HOTELS.
McCarthy's Bar
Pete McCarthy
This is a tale of Pete McCarthy's trip around Ireland. He discovers that it has changed in many ways. Obeying the rule to "never pass a pub with your name on it", McCarthy encounters English hippies, German musicians, married priests and many other oddities journeying up and down the land.
Blackberry Wine
Joanne Harris
A magical adult fairytale where a fading literary star seeks to find himself in the idillic French countryside and finds romance into the bargain. Inspiring for the descriptions of French rural life as well as a cracking good yarn.
Bugs, Bites and Bowels
Jane Wilson-Howarth
This authoritative guide is for travelers to anywhere from the Mediterranean to the tropics, remote mountains, or wherever medical facilities may be poor or absent. Dr. Wilson-Howarth- GP, expedition doctor, long-term expatriate and parasitologist - gives advice on avoiding problems and on treating diarrhea, stings, bites, sunburn, skin infections and embarrassing complains. She discusses how to deal with accidents, the hazards of heat and sun in deserts and jungles and of cold and altitude sickness, and even suggests ways to avoid scary or dangerous animals and creepy-crawlies. The clear, accessible and easy to read text avoids medical jargon. Dr. Wilson-Howarth provides not just inspiring case histories so you can learn from other people's mistakes, but also reassuring and reliable advice on vaccinations, what to expect and what to pack.
Danziger's Travels
Nick Danziger
This account describes the author's adventures during an 18-month journey "beyond forbidden frontiers" in Asia. With minimal equipment and disguised as an itinerant Muslim, he hitch-hiked and walked through southern Turkey, and the Iran of the Ayatollahs, entering Afghanistan illegally in the wake of a convoy of Chinese weapons and then spent months dodging Russian helicopter gunships with the rebel guerillas. He was the first foreigner to cross from Pakistan into the closed western province of China since the revolution on 1949.
Danziger's Adventures
Nick Danziger
From the author of "Danziger's Travels" comes this book that travels from the glitterati of Palm Beach to a massacre of Kurdish refugees, from the Ayatollah Khomeini's funeral to Kabul under rocket fire. This book records the author's experiences in both words and pictures.
In Xanadu
William Dalrymple
In the summer of 1986 two Cambridge history undergraduates set out on Marco Polo's famous journey across Central Asia to the city of Xanadu in Mongolia. This account traces their experiences in the war-torn Middle East and along 1500 miles of the Silk Road to their eventual destination.
Down Under
Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson at large down under!
In Patagonia
Bruce Chatwin
This text is about wandering and exile. Bruce Chatwin travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast and, as he goes along, describes his encounters with other people whose stories delay him on his road.
In the Empire of Genghis Khan
Stanley Stewart
Eight centuries ago, the Mongols burst forth from Central Asia in a series of spectacular conquests that took them from the Danube to the Yellow Sea. Their empire was seen as the final triumph of the nomadic "barbarians". But in time, the Mongols sank back into the obscurity from which they had emerged, almost without trace. Remote and outlandish, Outer Mongolia became a metaphor for exile, a lost domain of tents and horsemen, little changed since the days of Genghis Khan. In this book, Stanley Stewart sets off in the wake of an obscure 13th century Franciscan friar on a pilgimage across the old empire, from Istanbul to the distant homeland of the Mongol Hordes. The heart of his odyssey is a 1000-mile ride on horseback, among nomads, for whom travel is a way of life, through a trackless land governed by winds and patterns of migration. On a journey full of bizarre characters and unexpected encounters, he crosses the desert and mountains of Central Asia, battles through the High Altay and the fringes of the Gobi, to the wind-swept grasslands of the steppes and the birthplace of Genghis Khan.
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
Eric Newby
A humorous overview of Eric Newby's travels from Mayfair to the mountains of the Hindu Kush, north-east of Kabul, offering insight into the numerous eccentric characters and adventures he met along the way, and descriptions of the spectacular wilderness of Afghanistan. Last published in 1981.
Driving Over Lemons
Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart, skilled sheep-shearer and sometime Genesis drummer, took one look at the Alpujarrįs, the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and decided that's where he wanted to be. This is the story of his adventures coming to terms with the terrain, the lifestyle and, of course, the locals, who possess all the rugged, homespun charm you'd expect. Stewart soon discovers all the hidden foibles of his bargain purchase, and spends the following year (rendered here in detail) installing the little luxuries of life like, say, water.

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