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Travel Guides

Explore the world of travel guides, which are books, pamphlets, or websites that provide information for tourists. Some examples of popular travel guides include Frommer’s, Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, and those produced by American travel writer Rick Steves.

The most common type of travel guide provides information about a particular place, such as a city, region, or country. A travel guide can include information on the various sites, hotels, restaurants, transportation, and activities that may be of interest to a visitor. Sometimes known as guidebooks, travel guides can also include information on a country’s culture, currency, and language for international travelers. Many travel guides include maps to help users navigate a new city or country.

Travel guides provide information on pricing so readers can make choices that match their budgets. Some guidebooks market themselves to budget-conscious travelers by highlighting cheap options or ways to save money both before and during a trip.

Sometimes travel guides cater to particular types of tourists, such as those designed for LGBTQ tourists or families with small children. Other travel guides focus on a particular type of vacation, like ones that provide information on adventure travel or options for cruises.

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Travel Guides Resources

Gale provides scholarly travel resources, including databasesprimary source archives, and eBooks.


Gale databases offer researchers access to credible, up-to-date content from travel publications.

Primary Source Archives

Gale Primary Sources offers archives and collections that provide researchers with firsthand content, including publications, newspapers, and more, that can be used to examine and analyze the evolution of travel over time.

Gale eBooks

Gale offers a variety of eBooks covering a wide range of topics, including guides and other travel resources. Users can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross-search to pinpoint the article most relevant to the topic. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download content.

  • Career Exploration: Careers If You Like to Travel, 1st Edition

    Career Exploration: Careers If You Like to Travel, 1st Edition

    ReferencePoint Press | 2020 | ISBN-13: 9781682825983

    Young people who are uncertain about their future careers may want to start with what they enjoy or dream about—like travel, for instance. A wide variety of careers involve travel, from flight attendant to hospitality manager, travel nurse, or English as a second language (ESL) teacher. What the jobs entail, what they pay, and future prospects are discussed, along with insight from industry experts.

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  • Driving Tourism through Creative Destinations and Activities, 1st Edition

    Driving Tourism through Creative Destinations and Activities, 1st Edition

    Business Science Reference | 2017 | ISBN-13: 9781522520177

    Tourism has become a booming industry within the last few decades, and with the help of many new unique destinations and activities, creative tourism will continue this upward trajectory for the foreseeable future. Tourism helps stimulate economies, decrease unemployment, promote cultural diversity, and overall has a positive impact on the world. This book provides a comprehensive discussion on the most unique, emerging tourism topics and trends. Featuring engaging topics such as social networking, destination management organizations, tourists’ motivations, and service development, this publication is a pivotal resource of academic material for managers, practitioners, students, and researchers actively involved in the hospitality and tourism industry.

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  • Personal Security: A Guide for International Travelers, 1st Edition

    Personal Security: A Guide for International Travelers, 1st Edition

    CRC Press | 2013 | ISBN-13: 9781466559455

    Maintain peace of mind while you are working or living abroadwherever and however you travel. As an international traveler, you know there are risks. But are you doing everything you can to protect yourself and your belongings? Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, Personal Security: A Guide for International Travelers enables you to prevent security incidents and react in lifesaving ways during a crisis. This comprehensive manual answers questions such as: Which criteria should you use for selecting the safest hotel or airline? How should you deal with corrupt officials? What are special considerations for women, families, elderly, or travelers with disabilities? What support can you expect from your organization and what are your responsibilities?

    Tanya Spencer has traveled extensively to high-risk destinations and has trained thousands of people on how to safely navigate the complexities of international travel. Emphasizing prevention, the book covers medical, cultural, and political considerations, so you understand exactly what you must do before and while you’re abroad. It provides flexible frameworks, models, and tools that allow you to easily apply the wealth of tips and advice to any travel situation you might face. Before your next trip, benefit from these time-tested strategies for proactively managing travel risks.

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  • Who's Buying for Travel, 12th Edition

    Who's Buying for Travel, 12th Edition

    New Strategist Publications | 2018 | ISBN-13: 9781937737610

    The 12th edition of Who’s Buying for Travel is based on unpublished data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2014 Consumer Expenditure Survey. It examines how much Americans spend on getting out of town by the following demographics: age, income, high-income households, household type, race and Hispanic origin, region of residence, and education. To round out the spending picture, it also presents who-are-the-best-customers analyses of the data, showing the demographics of the best and biggest customers at a glance. The products and services examined in this report include airline and ship fares, lodging on trips, restaurant meals and alcohol purchased on trips, auto rentals on trips, luggage, recreational expenses on trips, etc. Also in this edition is a unique analysis of spending since the Great Recession.

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