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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great book for planning backpacking trip, 6 Nov 2009
I bought this Rough Guide to plan my 4 month backpacking trip around S.America. I mainly chose it over the Lonely Planet as it was recently published so the prices and best places to visit/stay are more up-to-date (the LP is a few years old now). I've relied on it a lot for planning costs for trips and general living/travelling so I'm glad I got this one. I like the fact it gives advice about general matters (like money, crime, things to do/avoid) where relevant. I'm sure LP and RG are very similar for content but this is better for more recent information.
This is great for me as I'm visiting 8 countries and I don't want to have to carry 8 travel books, but if you're only going to a couple of countries you may want to consider buying individual books for more detail. Nevertheless, this is great for an overview of everywhere you'd probably want to go visit, costs and how to get there plus a bit of history/culture of the countries.