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Accurate, practical information
Lonely Planet authors are experienced, insightful travel experts. They personally research the places they write about - both in the first and in subsequent editions - and provide essential travel details along with a wealth of insider information and first-hand tips. For more information about how we research our guides, check out the How to make a guidebook page.
Lonely Planet guidebooks contain no advertising. Lonely Planet authors are not allowed to accept free accommodation or meals in exchange for favourable write-ups, so their recommendations are honest and objective.
Lonely Planet recommends a wide range of options so that travellers can get the most out of their time and money, whether they're travelling on a shoestring or an expense account.
Lonely Planet maps are researched on the road by the authors - often in areas for which no other maps exist. Then Lonely Planet's cartographers use state-of-the-art technology to create detailed, easy-to-read maps. Lonely Planet guides contain more maps than any other guidebooks.
Lonely Planet books contain keywords, basic grammar and phrases in local languages. When necessary, guidebooks include the names of places, restaurants and hotels in local script.
Health and safety advice
Lonely Planet offers accurate, practical advice for travelling safely in all destinations. We also provide valuable tips for staying healthy and essential information on what to do in an emergency.
Lonely Planet believes that the more travellers know about the people and places they're visiting, the more they'll enjoy their trip and the less negative impact their presence will have. To this end, the guidebooks offer information on customs, etiquette, history, religion, art and politics.
Lonely Planet guidebooks are built for the road, with laminated covers and spine-stitched bindings that won't fall apart with heavy use or inclement conditions.
All Lonely Planet books provide context and advice on travelling sustainably and responsibly. Lonely Planet works hard to reduce waste in the production and distribution of our books: the paper in our guides is certified against the Forest Stewardship Council™ standards (Lonely Planet trademark license code: FSC-C021741), we use forecasting models to ensure we print the right quantities of our books and we require suppliers to adhere to local and international labour standards. For more details, check out our Responsible Travel section.