7 best travel guides of all time

Each trip is a special adventure and it becomes even more unusual if, before the trip, a person studies potentially interesting locations, reads about culture and traditions. To do this, it`s not necessary to look for information bit by bit in different resources — better to read the tourist guide! Below you will see seven of the best guides of all time.

DK Eyewitness

This literary series provides concise but professional advice and presents the reader with detailed illustrations of historic buildings and city streets. Guides have been produced since 1993, and also include not only regular editions, but also children’s versions. The quality of the illustrations is a distinguishing feature of the guide, because you can enjoy incredible pictures in each book, no matter what location it is about.

Lonely Planet

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Lonely Planet Travel Guides is another series that is one hundred percent worthy of the attention of travelers. Interestingly, the brand itself was created by a married couple (Maureen and Tony Wheeler) after their difficult but exciting expedition along the UK-Australia route in the early seventies.

Fun fact: the very first book in the series was a tiny 94-page booklet, Across Asia on the Cheap, in 1973. Almost fifty years later, more than 100 million guidebooks have been published for dozens of different locations.


The brand was founded in 1974 and now, half a century later, it constantly occupies a leading position in the Reader Travel Awards. There is not only general information and beautiful illustrations here, but also high-quality content for those who want to plan their trip in and out.

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Rough Guides

These guides will show you the easy way to your destination. In addition, at the moment the series includes books about 120+ countries, sharing practical and necessary tips with readers, as well as immersing them in cultural features.

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Insight Guides

Very detailed maps, accurate information and attractive illustrations are what help these guides to perfectly reflect the specifics of each location. Readers can learn not only useful data for travelers, but also get acquainted with the turbulent past and present of each country they want to go to.

Time Out

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The company practically stopped releasing new materials in 2016, however, the crisis has passed and since then the world has seen a lot of new quality guides from Time Out. The brand focuses on European cities, showing each reader a fresh look at each interesting location. In addition to basic information, the guide often talks about local trends in art, culture, design, cuisine and hotels. Just a must-read before the trip!


Despite the fact that the series has a huge variety of materials on countries around the world, most of the attention is paid to South American regions. 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the company, and 2024 will mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of the legendary South American Handbook.

At the moment, the brand has more than 200 items worldwide. Since 2008, readers can buy lighter editions (but still with hardcover) — the publisher decided to rebrand and get rid of the heavy cover. 

By the way, since 2019, this brand has been owned by the Bradt company, which we have already talked about earlier.

Every time you go to a new place, be sure to read detailed guides about this location, because there is a high probability that you will find a lot of information there that will make your trip even more exciting.

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