TRAVEL The Critic At Large … (No. 6)

Posted by on 31. Juli 2012
Travel Guides

That's one of the very few travel guides you can trust ...

Each travel guide is a copy of another travel guide, some are impertinent plagiarisms, some clever adaptions. Paul Theroux is absolutely right when he asserts: „No travel guide without errors!“ Another problem is: Travel guides have to be serviced, like cars or swimmingpools. Because the world changes, and the tourist destinations very fast. Take the guides of the Balearic island of Majorca as an example: Roughly 1000 exist, you can throw away 600 without regret, the best is one who was originally written in 1934 (the „Escalas“) and each year 20 more are published, most by information thieves who have never been there. That makes the „… Handbooks“ (South East Asia, South America, Carribean Islands, Thailand & Burma and so on) so valuable, they are worth every of the outrageously many dollars they cost. They are the best by far, maybe the only good ones and the funny thing is: Even the old Handbooks are better than 99,9 % of all the others …

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