With less than a week to go, last-minute planning has been on overdrive and I’m here to quickly share with you some of my favourites travel books that I have been using for the past few months. Although I rely heavily on the reviews and recommendations online, there is nothing quite like reading a physical book (especially if the pages are in colour)!
These Lonely Planet City Guides in pocket-size are my favourite travel guides and I take them along with me when I’m out exploring. It has a detailed description of the city’s highlights and attractions with suggestions for places to eat, stay, drink and party. It also comes with a pull out map with the places of interest marked out! I’ve used these for my previous trip to Barcelona, Paris and Dubai and they are very helpful.
The New York Times: 36 Hours Asia & Oceania is my most recent discounted find in Whitcoulls. With the highly acclaimed travel features from the New York Times, this volume has all the articles for Asia and Oceania in one updated volume! It is the ultimate weekend planner with cities like Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Riep and Melbourne. It includes accommodation, restaurant and activity recommendation with a small map for each city. Plus, all the pages are in colour!
I used the Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a Shoestring to do most of my planning at home. But unlike the smaller pocket guides, I leave this book at home because of the size and weight and compared to the smaller guides, it’s not as detailed and extensive. However, if you’re travelling between the different cities and countries, it provides good recommendations on what public transport to use and the approximate price.
I’m a foodie at heart and I purchased the 2013 Hong Kong and Macau Michelin Guide the last time I was in Hong Kong. With details of opening hours, approximate price, recommended dishes and a small description of the restaurant, this Food Bible will be able to take you to some of the best places to eat in Hong Kong!
I’m slowly building up my little library of travel books. Do you have any recommendations?