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Excitable copy and traveller's bravado
on 20 July 2011
The opening gets you in the mood and promises much on what the main text will deliver, which then fails to materialise. Some sensible advice to be found but much of it consists of vague assertions couched in excitable copy and traveller's bravado. Certainly more in the vein of Lonely Planet in the 'hype' factor, rather than Rough Guides, which are usually more down to earth and balanced. I would recommend checking it at a library or skipping entirely and reading first time asia or first time latin america, which contain a similar format, covering the general issues of travel and in a way that I found more useful and balanced. There's not much advice that's relevant only to a RTW trip and anyway that kind of detail is scarce here.