Scouring the internet tirelessly to find kickass things to do on holiday is a must. But make sure you don’t ignore a valuable and practical resource such as:
To: [insert your destination here].
When Monique and I first decided to go to Japan, my friend James suggested I pick up a copy. And as he’d lived in Japan for several years and was married to a Japanese woman I thought TLPG was worth a go.
Luckily for us we didn’t even have to buy our own!
Monique received a LPG for her birthday about a month ago. And it really is an exhaustive resource that’s organised logically and is quick and easy to use.
The Red Section
‘Welcome to [your country]’
The Red Section is jam-packed full of the most interesting and important information you’ll need for your trip.
- A general overview
- Some ‘top experiences’ (marked on a map)
- 30 top rated experiences or ‘must-dos’
- A ‘need to know’ page (including info on daily budgets, weather, exchange rates and airports)
- A ‘what’s new’ section
- An ‘if you like’ section (activities by preference: sight seeing, food, culture, shopping etc.)
- Events ‘month by month’
- An itinerary section
- Skiiing information
- Advice for travelling with children and;
- A ‘regions at a glance’ section that goes into local detail
Phew! And that’s just the introductory red section. We haven’t even touched the part that that combs over every imaginable detail about your destination:
The Blue Section
The Blue Section is organised into chapters that are jam-packed full of detailed, in-depth knowledge about the different geographical locations of your destination. These chapters are further broken down into:
- Sights and Activities
- Shopping and;
- Getting Around
At the end of each chapter there’s a handy little map of each location. From here information is consistently broken down to be more and more specific: it’s freaking amazing.
I still think internet research is much better for finding unique, weird and wonderful experiences BUT you’d be missing out if you passed on such a great guide.
You can pick up a Lonely Planet Guide from most travel agents and bookstores. So if you’re feeling a little eyesore from staring at a screen too long, pick yourself up a copy of TLPG and sit yourself down in a nice cafe with a coffee, and flick through. You won’t be disappointed.
Until next time,
Kally & Mon.
What helps you more? Traditional guides like TLPG and local maps or the expansive knowledge of the interwebz?