“Close your eyes, spin the globe and pick a destination. Lonely Planet travel guides cover the world - whether you want to travel on five dollars a day or sleep in five-star hotels.”
“It all started in 1960 when a handful of well-traveled students at Harvard University handed out a 20-page mimeographed pamphlet offering a collection of their tips on budget travel to passengers on student charter flights to Europe.” Forty-five years later some things haven’t changed. The guides are still researched, written, and produced entirely by students who know first-hand how to see the world on the cheap.
Rough Guides Travel
First published in 1982 by an author that wanted a guidebook with a practical approach to travellers' needs. Mark Ellingham wanted to get his money’s worth without spending a fortune on traveling so he published a guide that lies in the middle of budget and posh travel. “These days the guides include recommendations from shoestring to luxury and cover more than 200 destinations around the globe, including almost every country in the Americas and Europe, more than half of Africa and most of Asia and Australasia.”
Frommer’s Budget Travel
“Since the 1957 publication of Arthur Frommer's revolutionary Europe on $5 a Day, the Frommer's collection of travel products has expanded to include over 300 guidebooks.”
The first guidebook was published in 1936 and today Fodor’s claims to be the world's largest English-language travel-information provider.