I have had the argument over best travel guide book many times with people who are loyal “Lonely Planet” afficianados. I have only twice had a normal Lonely Planet book and I hated them in both instances; I am now quite loyal to the glossy and colorful DK Eyewitness guides. I am nothing but bemused at the article on today’s BBC about a Lonely Planet writer who did all sorts of wild things while working as a travel writer including writing about places to which he had not been. IMHO that’s easier with the Lonely Planet guides than with others since they’re so dry and dull. But even more interesting is the note at the bottom of the page:
Lonely Planet is 75% owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC.
I had no idea about that one, shall have to investigate further. Regardless, their little disclaimer aside, this is one of the most read articles on the BBC website today.