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The Guidebook Versus Website Travel Planning Debate Comes Down to Experience

Excerpt from New York Times

Dec 26, 2013 12:30 pm

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A novice traveler will appreciate the breadth of information that’s easy to access in guidebooks while more more experienced travelers want to curate their own trip based on past preferences.

— Samantha Shankman

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As online resources have expanded, I’ll bet lots of people have shifted their travel planning to the web without giving it any thought at all. And I suspect some who still use guidebooks think they’re wasting money for what they could find online free.

But are they? I decided to try an experiment: I would buy a brand-new guidebook, comb through it, then to try to replicate or improve upon what I found in the free but chaotic bounty of the World Wide Web.

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