Planning Your Travels by the Book

Which guide should you tote on your trip? Here's our own guide

With more than 30,000 travel guidebooks on the market, it can be hard to keep up--especially when new entries keep coming and old ones keep changing. Budget-travel stalwart The Rough Guide has left a bit of its backpacking image behind with a stylish revamp and now includes some upscale activities, such as wine tasting. Its budget-travel competitor, the Lonely Planet series, currently features downloadable upgrades on its website that contain changes since the last edition was published. And for the more upscale traveler, two new guidebook series are creating a buzz:

--The exclusive Nota Bene series (NB Publishing) is the splashiest--and...

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