Essay: YOU CAN'T TELL THE COUNTRIES WITHOUT A BOOK

THERE is a certain type of American tourist who is so afraid that he will be taken for an American tourist that he refuses to be seen carrying a guidebook. If he has one at all, he leaves it in the hotel room or disguises it in the dust-jacket of the latest Taylor Caldwell novel. But he is the exception. The great majority of tourists want their guidebooks for advice, companionship and a sense of security.

Ever since travelers started traveling, they have been telling others how and where to do it. Herodotus in 450...