Guide book question
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 8, 2012 12:23 AM Last Post By: WorldTravelDude
Oct 1, 2012 6:57 PM
Guide book questionThanks to a long-ago back injury, I really have to keep my pack weight to a minimum. I’m already using great TT ideas about minimal clothing, etc. and am now looking to reduce guide book weight.
I’ll be traveling for 12-18 months thru Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Mongolia and “the stans.” In looking at LP books, I think I’d need to take that new book on Thai/Laos/Camb/Viet, plus part of the China book, the Mongolia book and the Central Asia book. My back hurts just thinking about it! Yes, I know that I can get rid of books as I go. And I know that I can cut out sections I don’t need or that repeat from one book to the next.
Does anyone have additional ideas for cutting guide book weight? (Am not quite daring enough to do a trip without books) For example, could I rely on being able to buy some of them along the way? If so, what and where?
Thanks for your help!
Oct 1, 2012 7:20 PM
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Oct 1, 2012 9:05 PM
Oct 2, 2012 2:44 AM
Oct 2, 2012 4:29 AM
6I agree, and have posted it on a couple of occasions, that LP guides on a kindle are a real pain in the a**e. Having said that, and admitting that I haven't found a perfect solution to OP's dilemma (although #5's answer comes close), if you have a kindle anyway, it might be worth it to download pertinent chapters of guides anyway. They're cheap (cheaper than paper, anyway) and sometimes it's good to have the information with you, even if accessing it is only slightly less painful than dental surgery :-)
Oct 2, 2012 9:16 AM
7Thanks all! Yes, had been thinking about buying and selling along the way, but not sure I could count on finding the books I'd need, especially as I get to Mongolia and the "stans". Any one experienced with buying/selling guidebooks for the route I originally posted?
Oct 6, 2012 1:47 AM
8Buy pdf versions and print the relevant sections as you go, you should be able to find print centres along the way. The paper will deteriote quickly but a roll of tape can easily sort that out.
Most if not all travellers met in Central Asia had the lonely planet so when you get there you could probably find someone along the way who doesn't need it anymore.
Oct 8, 2012 12:23 AM
9Agreed the Kindle experience with LP books is a bit tough.
Maps are probably the most critical part of the LP, or what you'd want the books for. I usually hate the "shoestring" guides but if you had that, you'd get most maps, and then get the real editions for your Kindle.
Could you send the books ahead to a friendly hostel or poste restance? Airport bookstores seem to always have the LP of the country you're in as well.
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