Travel Guide Books for Seniors

Dec 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Senior Travel

As you travel and depart from the good old USA it is wise to know precisely where you are going.  A good map is a necessity followed by a good travel guide.  Below I have listed some of my preferred travel guides. I futher suggest that you visit your local book store and check out their travel section as it is very rich with valuable aids. 


I have always felt that the Michelin Guide Vert (Green Guide) booklets are among the very best on the market. today.  Michelin’s green travel guide series provides all the cultural and practical information you need to make the most of your travels.  Each guide provides a detailed introduction to the destination, its people, history and culture.  Many are available in both English and French and cost around $20 each.  


Lonely Planet has many guide books on dozens of countries.  This website lists destinations from A to Z and provides lots of pertinent information on each complete with photos.  You may shop for a guide book by region and even by specific topic such as Argentina with eight different guide books available ranging around $25 each.  For example, South America on a Shoestring gives you a Multi-Country Guide. Just being in South America is a thrill in itself. Open your eyes and there’s the Amazon, the Inca Trail, booming Buenos Aires and the jaw-dropping Andes. Your pesos may be limited but the spine tingles and the adventures are not lacking. This valuable guide takes you across this wild-ride continent while keeping some change in your pocket. Lonely Planet has the guide that can help you through any country in the world.  Check out the website.


Rating near the top of my favorites are Frommer’s Guide Books.  Be sure to check out Frommer’s Top Destinations 2010 on this site.  I also like their section on Tips & ToolsDorling Kindersley’s online book store offers a range of family reference books, non fiction and educational books and super travel guides.  Their photos are colorful, educational, and very well done.  They rank among my favorites.


Fodor’s Guidebooks are excellent.  You may check hotel rates and airfares around the world on their blog link.  My hero Rick Steves has many useful guidebooks at with a primary focus on Europe.  Let’s Go provides a good listing of sites and helpful travel suggestions.  This best-selling budget travel guide from Harvard University hires over 150 students each year to completely revise and update all 48 titles.  Hiring for editors, associate editors, and researcher/writers occurs at the beginning of the second academic semester.   Rough Guides  may have the longest listing of guidebooks available today.  Literally hundreds of destinations on this website.  


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