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2.0 out of 5 stars Totally unnecessary LP guide, 7 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: Malta and Gozo (Lonely Planet Country Guides) (Paperback)
I wonder where LP will set its own limit on the destinations they cover. Being excellent and nr.1 in guidebooks of unexplored, less known or not well organized places, they also have written books about places like Malta (and The Canary Islands) where one can go easy on your own without a guidebook like this one.
About Malta there are numerous guidebooks with detailled descriptions of the places, and that is what people ever need to visit Malta. Most people will be there in some sort of package tour already anyway. Once there the locals speak english and the island is so well organized you do not need a LP to find out what to do, how to get around etc. The tourist office is also extremely well providing brochures, maps of everything you need before and during your stay.
Do buy an LP when travelling to Asia, Africa or European countries like Romania or Ukraine, but Malta???
Would you buy a LP if they decide to write one about Eurodisney in Paris or Benidorm?
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2009 13:28:51 GMT
C. R. Pryke says:
I guess its written so you can avoid the package holiday tours and find places away from the tourist hot spots, this is no review !

Posted on 30 Nov 2009 01:24:37 GMT
Elise says:
What snobbery! Personally I think it's a great idea to have guides like this about places that offer the usual package deals. I'm thinking of going to Malta because I want a cheap holiday (though not a package deal and right now I can't afford anything more exotic) but I do want to find stuff to do that's off the beaten track.

Posted on 28 Dec 2009 14:05:39 GMT
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Posted on 28 Dec 2009 14:06:47 GMT
I don't think that travel guides for better known destinations are a waste of time. I have just come back from travelling in Kenya and Uganda and I lived on my travel guides there, but I would have been just as lacking in detailed knowledge of places to stay, & eat, etc had I turned up in any European city I don't know. I looked through the Great Britain section on my LP Europe-on-a-shoestring the other day, and realised if I was going to travel around my own country a guide would be useful as well. So I genuinely do not know what you're talking about. Plus I like to read travel guides months before I go on a trip, to whet my appetite for going and to motivate me to earn the money I need to get there, and to start making rough plans of what to do. LP and Rough Guides are extremely handy wherever you go, if you travel independently.
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