Traveler’s Tool Kit: The guidebook for people who hate guidebooks

I just received a copy of the Traveler’s Tool Kit guide to Mexico and Central America, and so far, I’m really impressed with what I see. While there’s less practical advice than you’d find in, say, Lonely Planet, I consider that a good thing. The fact that there aren’t scores of hotels and restaurants listed for every town prevents travelers from over-relying on their guidebooks, a mistake most of us have made at some point.

The most attention in this 549-page book is paid not to specific countries– only 13 pages are set aside for El Salvador, for example– but to topics such as choosing a travel partner, how to find good lodging wherever you go, how to stay healthy, and a seldom-addressed but important topic, how to remember your trip.

Co-authors Rob Sangster and Tim Leffel have assembled a great mix of philosophy and practical travel advice in this new edition of the Traveler’s Tool Kit series, and though the book skimps on the nuts and bolts of where to eat and where to stay, that will only lend more spontaneity to your trip. For travelers who feel as if they sometimes rely too much on their Lonely Planet, Traveler’s Tool Kit is a great alternative.

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