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Check Out What's Available in Guidebooks

Marilyn JonesI use many tools when researching a travel destination, but it takes a very special guidebook for me to plop down my money and make a purchase.

Over the years, two publishing houses have drawn me back again and again by their titles and expertise: JonGlez and National Geographic.

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JonGlez is well known for their beautiful coffee table books, but they also came out with a series of fantastic “secret” guidebooks including Secret Paris;

Secret Washington, DC; Secret Montreal, An Unusual Guide; Secret New York, Curios Activities; Secret Edinburgh, An Unusual Guide; and New York, Hidden Bars & Restaurants.

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And National Geographic, with its great titles like How to be the World’s Smartest Traveler and Where the Locals Go is always a sure bet as well as their walking and destination guides.

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If you’d like to infuse a little wanderlust in your children or grandchildren, National Geographic also features a series of children’s books with titles like National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the World, Buddy Bison’s Yellowstone Adventure, and Rain Forest Colors.

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You can order online or check out your local book store in their travel section; that’s the section I always go to first and then I peruse the books-on-CD for my next road trip.

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Sometimes it’s like reading a book or magazine versus getting the same information on your Kindle or NOOK. A good guidebook is sometimes better than reading information online, and many times guidebooks offer information that can't be found anywhere else!

Photos courtesy JonGlez Publishing and National Geographic Publishing