Why books are best

Five rea­sons why phys­i­cal guides trump on­line in­for­ma­tion

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - 360˚ Need To Know -

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.

■On­line Reader Poll How of­ten do you use pa­per guide­books when travel plan­ning?

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