Lonely Planet is one of the most well-known and popular travel guide companies in the world. Distributed globally, covering hundreds of countries and cities, and published in several different languages, the books cover everything that the avid traveller needs to plan out their overseas (or even domestic) trip. They cater for those who want to experience all that a country has to offer, suggesting activities, food places and accommodation for both extravagant spenders and those on a budget. They also provide interesting information about your destination, as well as detailed maps and the occasional picture or two.
As well as their renowned travel guides, Lonely Planet also publishes a vast collection of pictorial books, which feature incredible photographs of people, tourist attractions and scenery from off the beaten path. They have also released three tips books, to help travellers get the most out of their experience. One of them is a handy little book that is made up entirely of travel advice. Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips is the perfect book for a new traveller, or even for someone who has travelled often but still gets flustered and forgetful while away from home. It features 50 useful tips (supplied by travel experts) and is split up into four categories- laying the groundwork, nuts and bolts, pitfalls and avoiding them, and the fun factor. The end of the book has quick-reference travel hacks, including useful websites, a global climate map, a listing on international power plug sockets and much more. Small in size and lightweight, this book is the perfect size to tuck into your luggage and use as needed.
Published in the same size, and weighing in at around the same as the travel tips book, are two more offerings- only these ones are better suited to the travelling photographer and videographer. Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Photography Tips and Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Video Tips offer a range of useful material to help you get the most out of your travel photos and videos. Although the information could be applied to personal photos and videos, the writers of the books have taken a more professional stance in their advice-giving, assuming that most of the photography and/or video will be published either online on a social media platform, or created for publication elsewhere. As a result, a lot of the advice given revolves around the best settings to use in different situations, as well as angles, lens types, and general photography rules and techniques. These books also offer guidance on the best methods for capturing animals, people and landmarks in your lens, and provide important information about permission, privacy and planning.
These little tips books are useful, informative and, best of all, travel friendly. As well as providing all the advice you could possibly need, they feature bright and cute illustrations and are well laid-out for easy access of information.
Rating: 3.5/5 Published: Travel Tips: December 2014 Photography Tips: November 2013 Video Tips: December 2015