Why are travel guides and magazines so important to use before you plan to travel? It is simple; they give you invaluable tips on how to travel smarter, longer and cheaper. Here is a list of my favorite travel tools that I use to plan my trips. I hope you find them as beneficial as I have.
Fodor’s Travel is my all-time favorite go-to travel guide. It’s very easy to read, and it gives practical guidance for travel. Such as best scenic road routes, attractions for every age and a list of hotels and restaurants for any budget. I enjoy reading about the locals and their culture. Not to mention, it has some stunning graphics and beautiful layouts for anyone’s viewing pleasure. It doesn’t stop there. It also comes with a travel map that I enjoy hanging on my wall and pinning the places I plan on visiting. If you’re looking for practical advice on traveling safe or just a reminder, these books have plenty to share. Fodor’s travel guide does not disappoint. This guide is guaranteed to feed your wanderlust.
Eyewitness Travel is my second go-to travel guide. This guide is perfect for visual learners. The gorgeous colorful photos leap right off the pages. It gives you a sense of what you’ll be seeing. It conveys the information well by giving you detailed information and expert recommendations. It also lists out attractions and activities for you to do depending on how much time you have. This book provides a range of travel options for anyone. So if you’re on a tight budget, you have nothing to fear because there’s plenty of things for you to do. And if you don’t have a budget and can make it rain their options for you as well. It not only gives you tips on places to travel to but how to stay safe. Safety is always my number one priority when I travel. Especially since I like to travel solo. This guide is far from boring.
Lonely Planet isn’t just another travel book with basics tips, guides, and maps of the place you’ll visit, but it’s a trip book pictorial. It highlights all the main points of interest by using photographs, maps, and illustrations. This book is ideal for international travel because it covers the whole planet. It also offers day-by-day itinerary for the week if you’re not sure about what to do or where to go. The tips that this guide provides will help you get the most out of your visit.
Reading travel magazines is another unique way to learn up-to-date information. They offer hands-on information from experienced travelers. Along with budget-friendly options, safety tips and the hotspots where the locals like to hang out at. Need a little help staying focus on your saving goals? Read travel magazines. It’ll also help you to stay focus on your goals and budgets all while giving you a boost of travel inspiration.
National Geographic is not a travel magazine, but I had to list it here for many reasons. It was the very first magazine that I read as a child. It was the first magazine that I fell deep in love with because it always took me on a journey across the world. Across the outback’s of Australia, through the Serengeti Plains of Africa to the beautiful rainforests of China. I was guaranteed to be on one of the best adventures ever. This magazine showcases some of the most exciting graphics from all over the globe. It features articles primarily about geography, history and world culture. It has led me to follow over 200 of its photographers on various social media platforms. It opened my eyes up to see just how vast this world is. It allowed me to see photos from remote places that I otherwise would not have seen.
Afar is a new travel magazine for me, and it’s a keeper! This guide focuses more on experiential travel. You can read stories about everyday people visiting and their experiences going to a particular place by connecting to its history, people and culture. Not to mention, it showcases beautiful graphics on every page that you flip through. Yes, I love colorful graphics!
www.travelmath.com is an online travel calculator that helps you measure both flying and driving distances from one location to another. It’s ideal for anyone that wants to stay on a budget especially if your travel is a road trip. I’ve never used it for flights, but I do use it for all of my road trips. It gives you an estimate of how much money you’ll spend on gas based on your car’s gas mileage. It’s a great trip planner for mapping out routes and multiple points for those long road trips.
Here are a few other travel magazines and guide books that you might find interesting to read. I have not had the pleasure of reading them, but if you do, please comment below and let me know what you think about them. You can check out most of these magazines at your local library. If you haven’t already check out my last post on how to save money to travel, I listed several ways that you can save money to get to your dream vacation quicker than you think.
- National Geographic Traveler – Domestic and International travel ideas
- Travel Leisure – Most interesting spots in the world
- Sunset – 13 Western States, outdoors, camping adventure
- Backpackers – Hiking and camping
- Conde Nest Traveler – Luxury travel
- International Living – Looking to live internationally
- Coastal Living – Desire to live near the sea
- Lonely Planet – Global travelers
- The Rough Guide
“Learn to travel. Travel to learn.”