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terrible disapointment and demise of a good brand
on 26 March 2012
I have been using lonely planet for years and really thought that they were the best travel books. I had just spent a year travelling around South America using the Lonely Planet shoe string guide and really trusted the brand. Then I bought this book to go to India with for three months. It is a new format, which doesnt bother me, but to my disapoitnment the BBC who now own lonely planet have removed the things that made the books so good. Most notabley the maps are now worse than useless. They no longer show the wider context of the city and omit most of the street names in the local area you are in. This is really bad, as unless they expect you to only ask a taxi driver for the street that something that they recommend is on, you will get completely lost and wont have a clue where you are. I will not be buying a new edition of lonely planet unless they go back to there old format that included really helpful maps, which were the main reason I bought their books for the last ten years. I have decided to try to buy a second hand edition of an old lonely planet book in the meantime so that I can actualy find my way around the cities that I visit.