These are the travel guides I used on my travels during 2004 and 2005, I was pretty lucky with them to be honest. The 2003 Lonely Planet Australia was awful compared to my one! 😀
|Lonely Planet Australia, 11th edition, 2002
||Excellent, contained virtually everything I needed to know/check-out about Australia. Great maps, great guides, great ideas, great tips, seriously enhanced my trip!A truly top book is all I can say.
Pity the 2004 version wasn’t anywhere near as good, I hope the 2005 version is!
|Lonely Planet New Zealand, 11th edition, 2002
||Yet another Excellent Lonely Planet guide. It covered the entire New Zealand nation, both islands in brilliant detail. Contained everything and more that I wanted to see and do there, even how to find “Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu” (the longest placename in the world – a childhood must-see of mine, I was told I’m one of the few non-Maoris who can say it right!)Another brilliant book.
|Rough Guide South East Asia, 2nd edition, Sept 2002
||Pretty good, though could do with a lot more detailed maps and time tables. It got very annoying turning up in a town and not knowing how to get anywhere, largely thanks to the Rough Guide’s very basic directions and/or lack of town maps. Many times it meant I had to look everything up twice on the Internet.The sections for leaving and getting to places and countries were excellent though, so was the background detail and history of places and countries.
I can see why Lonely Planet is more popular than Rough Guide. Still, the Lonely Planet Shoe String guide wasn’t as comprehensive as this one at the time.