When travelling people often end up talking about guide books (also about bowel movements but I dunno wanna know about that) and things that annoy them about them
1.What annoys you in a guide book?
2.What would you change in the current ones available?
3.What would you have in your ideal guidebook?
4.Which aspects of each guidebook do you think is best? I.e what feature from each one would you like to see grouped into one book.
5. Are guidebooks too big with too much info?
6. anything new you would like to see in a guidebook (new features or a new kind of guidebook covering a certain topic)?
What I think ........
People writing information on places they have clearly never been, & instructions which could not get you there.
Editors changing information, correctly researched by the writer.
Guide books that have information 2 years out of date when they are published.
Guide books that only come out every 5 years.
Guide books that only change the front cover.
Guide books that fall apart.
Lack of hotels in relevant price range. A 3 country book for Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia supposes 6+ weeks travel & not US$20+ hotels.
Only showing one of address, www, email or tel when these are always likely to change or get misprinted.
Brothels etc being included in the budget accommodation without any warning.
Symbols that require you to look at the key every time, instead of using H for hotel, B for bus R for restaurant etc.
Computer maps where the symbols are not on the correct corner, block etc, or stuck to the margin.
Miniscule writing, especially on maps, when you need them as you arrive on a rainy night.
Maps should be linked to Google Earth etc, permitting us to email updates of locations accurately.
wiki & others permit script updates too.
A combination of CD for research, booklet for going out, & update on the net would be helpful & practical.
Loose leaf would be useful for those who remove used pages.