Why books are best
Five reasons why physical guides trump online information
1 Quick and easy reference
Books are relatively easy to flick through quickly to namecheck a restaurant or site, compared to trawling through a multitude of web pages. Speed things up further by using sticky notes to mark key pages.
2 Save your data
Using a guidebook avoids incurring expensive roaming charges for using the internet on your phone. Even if your data plan includes overseas usage, having a guidebook means you can save your data allowance for times when you really need it.
3 All-in-one tool
A guidebook doesn’t just contain on-the-go bits such as emergency contacts and useful phrases, but they provide history and culture sections too, putting the area in context – topics you might not research otherwise.
4 Doorstop!A guidebook might help you in the most unexpected ways. For instance, a hefty book can make a handy doorstop or paperweight!
5 A nostalgic keepsake
Guidebooks are romantic reminders of our amazing adventures. Years later, a quick flick through the scribbled notes and creased Post-its inside can bring back a flood of memories.
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