Lonely Planet ‘s local Encounters

  • 24 August 2007
  • UK

Encounters – the unique idea at the heart of this exciting new city guide series is that each book is written by an author who has lived in the destination. The author provides insider tips about how to get away from the popular tourist attractions and experience the hidden gems and unusual haunts known and enjoyed by the locals.

This new city guide series was launched in Spring this year, and in September 13 new titles will be added to the range: Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dubai, Dublin, Hanoi and Halong Bay, Los Angeles, Madrid, Prague, Stockholm, Sydney and Tokyo.

Lonely Planet Travel Editor Tom Hall said: “We wanted to create a series that offered something which other guides on the market didn’t; information on the best things to see and do that you can only get from people who have lived in that place. Usually, unless you know someone who lives in the city, or you get the chance to ask a local for their recommendations, you would be unlikely to find some of the fantastic local haunts which are off the tourist trail. The thinking behind the Encounter series is that our books will allow you to do just that, without spending lots of your short break trying to find a cool club or cosy café.”

The books are interspersed with interviews from some of the cities’ most colourful characters. For example the Prague Encounter guide includes interviews with a photographer and keen clubber who gives her tips on the best night spots, an artist who shares her knowledge about the cool districts and a pub owner and award winning brewer who gives his advice on the best places to have a beer.

The Encounter range was designed in collaboration with travellers. Other key features of the series are:

• A user-friendly layout which allows you to travel in the way that you want to, whether it’s by neighbouthood, the scene that you’re interested in, or the specific experiences you want to have.

• A tone which is engaging, chatty, off-beat; and focuses on the ‘real’ city.

• Full colour throughout with a pull-out map.

• Diary of events in the city.

• Snapshots which look at music, the gay and lesbian scene, food, shopping and other city specific highlights.


Review copies are available.

Authors are available for interviews and to write tailored features.

Extracts can be organised, as well as cover and selected images from the guides.