|Adventure Guides||Buy at Amazon.com|
one of the most popular outdoor adventure websites to be found.
Captain Tony's Adventure Guide has comprehensive adventure
information for all levels of endurance.
|Around The World Travel Guide|
|This is an excellent site that lays out in book form with sections that cover
everything you need to know if you want to travel the world. It is based on a two and a
half year round-the-world trip that Marc and Karin Brosius took beginning in 1995. The
site is updated regularly with contributions from other travelers including first-person
observations. Thank you Marc, Karin and the other contributors for sharing your advice and
experience with the rest of us.
|Avant-Guides||Buy at Amazon.com|
|Although these guides are limited to only a few cities and most are in the United States, they are written from the perspective of singles and couples. They are not your usually family, general oriented travel guides. They have practical, savvy information. In short, they're cool!|
|Baedeker Guides (their site is in German only)||Buy at Amazon.com|
the oldest published tourist guidebook series in the world*.
Karl Baedeker, a German publisher, published the first Baedeker
guidebook in 1835. The books are lavishly illustrated with
color photos and mostly cover European countries with a smattering
of other countries outside Europe. Yes, they are published in
several languages including English. They are well-written and
include large fold-out maps with each book.
*Karl Baedeker and John Murray, an English publisher who published his first tourist guide book a year after Baedeker did in 1836 are both credited with developing the concept. In the mid-20trh century, Eugene Fodor and Arthur Frommer popularized the travel guide as we know it today. Wikipedia has a good article on the history of travel guides. The Baedeker guides are a collectable and several sites have information on the older Baedeker guides: Site 1 Site 2.
|Berkeley Guides (no website)||Buy at Amazon.com|
These are budget travel guides that are socially
aware and mix an irreverent look at culture with practical, honest
appraisals of places to eat, sleep, and see.
|Best Places Guides (no website)||Buy at Amazon.com|
Best Places list major cities and regional destinations in the
USA and Canada. They did not have online
information the last time we checked.
|The Big Blue Marble.com|
Paul Heller, the founder of this website sums it up
nicely "I am
dedicated to teaching you the ins and outs of how to
travel-like-a-local rather than a tourist. I believe that once
you learn why traveling-like-a-local is the most satisfying,
inexpensive, safe, and spiritually enriching way to see the world,
you'll never want to be a tourist again."
|Birnbaum Travel Guides (no website)|
Birnbaum is a well-respected name in travel guides for specific countries, regions and cities of the world. Individual guides in the series are printed by different publishers and there is no online Birnbaum website. We take you to Amazon.com and their Search Results for "Birnbaum Travel Guides". From that page, you can search for specific titles. Enter keywords such as "Birnbaum Paris" or "Birnbaum Italy". They did not have online information the last time we checked.
|Blue Guides (no website)||Buy at Amazon.com|
These guides are for those who want to focus on the
art, architecture, and history of a place including less well-known
sights. they are arranged by accommodations, shopping, restaurants
and by walks. They include maps and black and white photos.
They say they are the ultimate resource for the independent
travelers. A nice, clean, well-organized site with in-depth
information for the independent travelers. They have a friendly
guides and an
section where you can email people in the country or city you plan
to visit to ask them questions. Isn't that great! They and
Virtual Tourist are two
of the best sites that let people exchange helpful, friendly
information to find their way around the Global Village.
|Bugbog Travel Guides and Pictures||
Bugbog is an independent, impartial travel guide website that will help you plan your next vacation quickly and efficiently. They look at your travel needs and your planned vacation dates, and provide guides to the world's best destinations, with basic information, travel pictures and thousands of useful links.
|Cadogan Guides||Buy at Amazon.com|
Cadogan series of guidebooks is superb--comprehensive, intelligent,
practical and well-written."--Washington Times as posted at the
Amazon.com website. They cover the world including
detailed information on less traveled places. They have country,
regional and city guides including Take The Kids City Guides.
|Cheap Eats and Sleeps Guides (now retitled Great Eats and Sleeps Guides)||Buy at Amazon.com|
Sandra Gustafson has
spent many years sleeping and eating in budget accommodations,
finding those that are clean, comfortable, and often charming, and
eating in budget restaurants in European cities and countries.
She has also done a lot of shopping and offers appraisals of both
well-known and little-known shops. She pays her own way and
her information is objective and unbiased. Great Eats and Sleeps
Guides provide informed, personal appraisals like a friend would
give you after a trip. Besides European cities and countries,
she has a guide for eating economically in Greater Vancouver and San
Francisco. If you are a budget traveler, this is a nice
companion to your typical travel guide. Her website also has
some Great Tips on Shopping, Eating and Sleeping.
|CNN Travel Guide||
|They have some good
information on countries and cities. For some reason, they don't seem to let you go to a
country directly. You have to pick a city and once you are on the city page, there is a
link to other travel resources. They do let you go to regions of the world for news
stories about countries in the region. This is a good place to find out up-to-date
information about current threats to tourists in a country such as kidnappings and
|Columbus World Travel Guide * * *|
|This will take you to the World Travel
Guide site maintained by Columbus Publishing. It is the
most straight-forward site we have seen to get you to information about a country. You are
only 2 mouse-clicks away from getting to a specific country. Nice
|Concierge is associated with the popular
Conde Nast Traveler magazine. They have beautiful coverage of
countries and major cities of the world. Clicking Destinations
will take you to their Destination section where you can easily find
a country or city.
|Connected Traveler * * *||Destination Guides|
|Beautiful website connecting people with
places and ideas. They have excellent coverage of
countries and major cities of the world. Clicking Destination
will take you to their Destination guide section where you can easily find
a country or city.
|This is a nice website that covers countries and cities
of the world with a simple, clean user interface. Their page
for each country is a simple list of some good websites organized
under various categories. Not every category is present for each
country depending on the availability of information. Some typical
categories are: Maps, Travel information, Government websites,
Directories, Airports, Airlines, Sports, and States/Provinces and
Cities. Their Cities section has a link to a single website
that has comprehensive information for the city . This is often a
government tourist website.
|CountryWatch is a world leader in providing
country specific business, economic, social and geopolitical
information for all the countries of the world. It also has tourist
information and the latest national news for each country. Very
comprehensive and well done!
|Culture Shock! (no website)||Buy at Amazon.com|
|These are not travel guides in the usual sense and do not have detailed information on sights and accommodations. Instead they are designed to acquaint you with the customs, culture and etiquette of a country including how to bargain, eat and avoid offending someone. Includes simple phrases and black and white photos.|
|DMOZ Directory - Regional * * *|
|This is the Open Directory Project which ranks with Yahoo! and Google and all the other major search engines as a comprehensive source of web information. Except they are non-commercial in the public interest. Click on a region, select a country and then select the Travel and Tourism category. This category has a number of sub-categories and good lists of tour companies and other travel-related information for the country.|
|This is a "funky" site with great content
and links. They have good,
detailed, up-to-date information for both tourists and people who
want to "escape" by moving overseas, living overseas, investing
overseas or finding real estate and freedom overseas. Their
Living Overseas section also contains excellent tourist
|Essential Guides (no website)||Buy at Amazon.com|
| This is
not really one publisher's series of guidebooks. A variety of
publishers have travel books and phrase books with "Essential" in
the title. Amazon.com has collected them into a category
called Essential Guides. For example, some cover cities and
countries and some cover things like "The Essential Guide to
Motorcycle Travel". You'll need to check them out for yourself.
|Excite Travel - Destination Guides||
an excellent site covering both country and city destinations.
(Scroll down past country destinations
to get to the city destinations.) They also have
in-depth coverage of different travel categories such as family travel, outdoor adventure,
business travel, etc.
|Expedia Destination Guides||
|Their Destination Guides cover over 300
destinations in the world. Clicking on the title above will take you to the Expedia
Destination Guide section. They also link you to Encarta® for even more in-depth
information on the country you have selected.
|Eyewitness Travel Guides|
|DK Publishing has created some of the most beautiful guide books ever published. Reading them almost makes you feel like you are there! Besides beautiful pictures, their 3-D views of sections of cities from the air are amazing!|
City Guides A-E
Also just type in the city name + City Guide using your favorite search website.
|Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel|
Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Online in both our
City and Country section and in this section because
they have excellent coverage of cities all over the world. Clicking on their
name will take you to their Destination page.
|Birnbaum Travel Guides|
Birnbaum is a well-respected name in travel guides for specific countries, regions and cities of the world. Different guides in the series are printed by different publishers and there is no online Birnbaum website. We take you to Amazon.com and their Search Results for "Birnbaum Travel Guides". From that page, you can search for specific titles. Enter keywords such as "Birnbaum Paris" or "Birnbaum Italy".
guides provide not only the usual information for tourists, but also
detailed cultural and historical information so you can get a better
feel for a place. They have both country and individual city
guides. They have a nice, clean interface and it is easy
to navigate to a description of each guide.
They do not have any on-line information on
have a nice layout with easy-to-navigate
extensive hotel listings, webcams, photos, maps, shopping and
weather reports for cities of the world. However, they do
not have detailed general tourist information on cities.
|This is one of the most popular city guide series
on the web. They include movies, restaurants, events, arts and
music, sightseeing attractions and sports for major U.S. and
|This site covers cities in the
United States organized by state. You can also type in a city or
town name or zip code on the home page to jump directly to the
city guide for that place. This has a hometown flavor. They
let people post announcements of events and they have a good list
of categories of each city from dining to shopping and services
with weather, white pages and yellow pages. Comprehensive with
minimal advertisements. This website is part of AOL but
you do not have to be an AOL subscriber to access the information.
Concierge is associated with the popular
Conde Nast Traveler magazine. They have beautiful coverage of major
cities of the world. Clicking Destinations will take you
to their Destination section where you can easily find a country or