I always feel sorry for a tourist when I see them wrestling haplessly with 1000-plus pages of a Frommer guide to the United States, or a maybe an all-encompassing guide to Asia.
These big, heavy books are best left in your hotel room (if carried at all). They immediately mark the reader out as being a naive tourist - and make them a likely robbery target.
Far more handy, and a whole lot lighter, is the series of Pocket Guides from Lonely Planet; about the same size as a mobile telephone and similarly unobtrusive.
Lonely Planet has just published its first pocket guide to Hobart - and as a Tasmanian resident, I can confirm it contains a lot of useful info (and a good map) in a small package.
Also newly published are Lonely Planet’s inaugural edition of Pocket Brisbane & the Gold Coast (timely ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games) and the fourth edition of Pocket Melbourne.
With features including ‘Top Sights’, ‘Day Planner’, ‘Need To Know’ and ‘The Best Of’, these guidebooks are a very handy travel companion and retail for just $19.99.
# Travel media company Lonely Planet is the world’s leading guidebook publisher having started in 1973. Visit www.lonelyplanet.com.