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Travel Books… Favorites? Eyewitness Travel Guides

Chances are, you and your family are going to be traveling this summer and you do realize you can request 5 to 6 used travel books for the price of one new book, right? What’s your favorite? my favorite… Eyewitness Travel Guides.

There are several ways to find travel books on PBS and I’d like to help you find what you’re looking for.Travel Eyewitness Vegas

1. Book Sliders. The easiest way to stumble upon a travel book is right in front of you. Find the Travel genre on the book slider on the home page and browse book covers easily. If you come back frequently you may want to  select the travel genre as one of your favorites and then every time you login to PaperBackSwap you’ll have a new selection of travel books displayed to you automatically.

2. Book Browser. Of course you could just enter “Travel” in our search box but if you’re looking for something specific you might want to use our “book browser”.  Once on the browser I like to use the “select multiple genres” as it gives a little more control.  Scroll down to find the Travel genre on the bottom right.  This form allows you to select several more-specific sub-genres such as travel > Africa or travel > Europe.  You could drill all the way down to Travel >> Guidebook Series >> Eyewitness. The next filter I would consider using is the Publication Date.  Prices of attractions, hotels, and restaurants do change.  SIDE-NOTE: Please DO NOT do this to your family… My dad had a 30 year old travel guide he kept in the glove box. We would read all the reviews and finally agree on the best place to eat. Then we’d drive an hour or so out of the way (starving at this time) only to find that it was out of business.  However if you’re looking for a great way to torture your teenagers… this works.  So for starters use >= 2000. This link will help get you started: Travel Books. Don’t forget: if you can’t find the specific travel books you’re looking for just change the browser to show “all books” and add them to your wish list!

3. Tags. Find the “Community” drop down menu and go to ” Club Tag Cloud”, next find Travel or just click this link for books fellow members have tagged related to travel. One key to this list is the ReSort button.  Use the ReSort button to sort the books by posted, date, title, author and the default is set to tag usage.

4. Lists. Soon you’ll be able to create a list of all of your favorite travel books. Just a small taste of something to be released soon 🙂

Here are a few links to popular travel guides available on PBS:

A few books available at the time of this posting:

Fodors Puerto RicoFrommers Grand CanyonLonely Planet Europe on a ShoestringTop 10 Toronto EyewitnessRick Steves LondonFrommers BahamasLonely Planet Italy

If you have a favorite travel guide or place to vacation please share with us below… We’ll give away a few credits to randomly chosen comments below just to help you get started on your summer travels. Have a great summer everyone! (giveaway has ended)

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56 Responses to “Travel Books… Favorites? Eyewitness Travel Guides”

  1. BEVERLY P. (motherto1son) says:

    I love the “Unofficial” Travel Guides. They are so down-to-earth and offer so many suggestions – both inexpensive and expensive.
    The “….with Family” are great ones as well because they provide family friendly suggestions.

  2. Shari says:

    The Unofficial Disney Guide was REALLY helpful when we went to Disney world a few years ago. We had our days all planned out to do & see the things we really wanted to.

  3. BookMonkey says:

    Definitely need to keep the ‘freshness’ of a used travel guide in mind. While the landmarks and ‘big ticket’ attractions never change, as you mentioned it is definitely not good to set your sights on a restaurant or B&B only to find they are no longer in business!

  4. nancy machaj says:

    Lists? Sounds like a great feature I will be excited to use!
    We are traveling to Niagara Falls soon and are really excited.
    Ive never really used a travel guide, but now I think I will check and see if there are any that would be useful for us this summer! 🙂

    Thanks PBS!

  5. Cristyn Kostal says:

    Thanks for the blog. I never thought to look for travel books on here. Definately will be looking into books for a few trips we have planned.

    Thanks PBS.

  6. Shari says:

    I also have to say if you travel the interstates very much, a VERY helpful book is the “Next Exit”. It shows you what restaurants, hotels, stores, campgrounds and more are off every exit. It makes it much easier to figure out where we’re stopping when we travel. It also shows rest areas.

  7. My favorite kind of vacation is a cruise! There are dozens of great travel guides available on PBS. If you are new to cruising, request a copy of Caribbean By Cruise Ship: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780968838952-Caribbean+By+Cruise+Ship+The+Complete+Guide+To+Cruising+The+Caribbean+Caribbean+By+Cruise+Ship

  8. Diana D says:

    Never had a need for travel books as I usually go to visit family; but who knows what the future may hold. Thanks for the info.

  9. Anitra Kraus says:

    I have received so many nice books from here. I also like the fact that the books are not stacking up in my house after I read them. I don’t believe in destroying a good book and this is a great way to share.

  10. Sharon says:

    When traveling to a place, I always look for some historical fiction related to the area for reading b4 or during the trip.

  11. Pattie A. (pattiea) says:

    I’m partial to Frommer’s and Fodor’s, but just about any guide (especially if it is recent) is always helpful.

  12. Kelly W. (kww) says:

    Always do a little research before you go. I had a ditzy friend who used to buy a book about her destination as a souvenir in the airport as she was LEAVING ! Then she’d whine to me, “gee, I wish I’d seen this” or “wish I’d gone there”.

    Don’t be a ditz……..READ 😉

  13. Shannon J. (Smb4x4) says:

    I always turn to PBS for my travel books. Even if they are usually a year or so out of date, they have plenty of info and beat spending $15 on a new one. My personal favorite travel guides are the Hawaiian Island series by Andrew Doughty – they are the Ultimate Guides. Best travel books I have ever had the pleasure of using!

  14. Kelly E. (rainfall) says:

    Another great incentive to use PBS! I will definitely be checking out the travel books the next time we take a vacation. Thank you, PBS!

  15. Linda O says:

    This is so excited to see that “travel books” are now being offered on PBS. Is there any travel on a budget book….Great job, PBS.. Just love it, now I can plan a vacation. Thank you PBS

  16. Randi F. (chrishel00) says:

    The only great vacation spot I can vouch for is Mexico. My hubbie and I did a cruise down there a few years back and it was HEAVEN. Will be checking into travel books here on PBS now, thanks for the heads-up!

  17. Rebecca High says:

    So far, LonelyPlanet books have been the most helpful to me. I currently live in Korea so they really came in handy last year when I moved to the city, and on long weekends and vacations and when family/friends visit me I drag out the good old LP guidebooks first! Directions and advice are typically really solid. Their website is also an excellent way to start planning a vacation, as I’m currently doing with an upcoming trip to the Philippines while waiting for Mom to ship some Paperback Swap books from the States!

  18. Lauren says:

    That’s good to know! I usually just default to using the search box, but I didn’t know about the other options, like the Tags thing. I love this website! I just wish more people would ask for books that I have posted (Haha!) so I wouldn’t have to keep purchasing credits to get books that I want. LOL ; p

  19. springhare says:

    those lists will be so neat– it could almost serve as a bucket list of sorts! I have a summer trip coming up that is going to require a book here soon, so I know to look at PBS first! 🙂

  20. Jessie says:

    I’ve never used a travel guide as my husband and I have not really traveled anywhere yet. We’re saving up for a nice Alaskian cruise, and I’ll definitely consider using a travel guide for our shore-side excursions. Like always, I’ll go to PBS first if I get a travel guide.

  21. Marsha says:

    I used Unofficial Disney Guide to Disney and loved it! I have used pbs for years!

  22. Melanie V. (MX) says:

    This would be a great way to find an off the map B&B! Our Town has a local interest book…shows off our best features. What a great way to bring folks to your home town!

  23. Jen G. says:

    What a great blog post! Thanks for sharing and making things so easy. Love PBS!

  24. Barbara A. (Katie1) , says:

    I think PBS should set a Cut Off date on these!! Having been Burned several times do to Out Dated information.

  25. Caitlin says:

    Thats so cool 🙂

  26. My favorites are ones that allow me to explore my own backyard….figuratively and literally. Right now I have a book on birdwatching in my area coming to me in the mail–thanks PBS!

    Hoping I’m eligible for a few free credits for commenting….

  27. tamibates says:

    well i never traveled, only been to 3 states 2 was where i lived. but would love to travel

    and i friedned you at facebook
    in new, im stil trying to figure out how it works, and how i get the pics of the books i want to add on it, and whatnot like that

    looking forward to this, i love to read and i go thru so many books. i cant afford my habit LOL
    i win some from blogs on here from reviewers and authors blogs
    so will it be ok to add bookmarks , i got extra to the books , when i start to send?
    i get promo goodies and have lots of extras since im a street teamer for several authors

    now the hairpulling thought of trying to figure out which books i want 🙂

  28. tamibates says:

    ok not sure about the credits? but figuring i would like extra credits

  29. admin says:

    And the winners of the first “few” credits are… Ellen R. (GoldenHourGlass), springshare & LindaO!
    I’ll be contacting you shortly to make sure I’ve got the right PBS accounts, etc. Congratulations!

    End date for this giveaway… undecided 🙂

  30. tamibates says:

    so you could be giving away more credits?

  31. anthy says:

    We loved going to Hershey, PA last year. Not only for the Hershey theme park, but also because they have a beaaautiful garden there. With a butterfly pavilion. It was awesome. 🙂

    Ooh, that “lists” thing sounds interesting!

  32. MARY says:

    We live in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan but love to travel to the Upper Peninsula and Machinac Island. Machinac Island is just gorgeous and it’s great to wake up to the sound of horse’s hoofs clomping down the street; no cars are allowed on the island.

  33. John M. says:

    I never thought about it before but this is a good place for travel books. Im gonna use this the next time i need some new information on a destination

  34. admin says:

    Happy Monday!
    And the winners of the next “few” credits are…Kelly E. (rainfall), Anita Kraus & Anthy!
    I’ll be contacting you shortly to make sure I’ve got the right PBS accounts, etc. Congratulations!

    End date for this giveaway… still undecided 🙂

  35. djecse says:

    I have to admit that my favorite vacation spot is Disney World and I love all the guides. It’s just fun and everything gets taken care of for you.

  36. Jackie F. says:

    I love the DK Eyewitness travel books! They are my favorite. There used to be a site (very recently, not sure what happened) called The Literary Traveler. I couldn’t find it right now, but found a different one that has some of the same themes http://www.travelbeat.net/literary.

    I’m excited for the new feature of creating a list of your travel books.

  37. Rick Steves. Absolutely the BEST in travel in Europe (and now in the Middle East as well). http://www.ricksteves.com. I highly recommend his books (as well as DVDs and entire website) as fantastic travel resources. He is the word in travel aka Travel Guru. 🙂

  38. Jennifer N. (j2e1n9) says:

    Travel DK are my favorite too! They’re so fun to use.

  39. admin says:

    Happy Wednesday!
    And the winners of the next “few” credits are…tamibates & Jennifer N. (j2e1n9)!
    I’ll be contacting you shortly to make sure I’ve got the right PBS accounts, etc. Congratulations!

    End date for this giveaway… today 🙂

  40. tamibates says:

    thank you!

  41. j2e1n9 says:

    Thank YOU! 🙂

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