20 Travel Guides for Your Summer Getaway

Plan your vacation with these trusted guidebooks

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'The 100 Best Affordable Vacations'

Cheap travel only takes a bit of creativity. Consider a mind, body and soul getaway or an educational vacation in the form of a culinary class. Don’t have the cash to get away right now? Read inspiring travel diaries to influence your next trip.

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'Europe on a Shoestring'

We like this savvy saver’s guide for its detailed itineraries which allow you to map out your ideal route. 

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'The Worldwide Guide to Cheap Airfares'

The first step is getting there! Find the best airline, route and travel agencies arranged with this easy-to-use guide, arranged by city hub.

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'Born to Shop Hong Kong, Shanghai, & Beijing: The Ultimate Guide for People Who Love to Shop'

Suzy Gershman’s mantra is “shop and save,” so if you’re looking to spend less on luxe, read up on where you can find the best bargains in the East. Just make sure you’ve left room in your suitcase!

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'25 Great Drives in Ireland'

Get behind the wheel to check out the Emerald Isle’s most popular attractions, including Norman castles and ancient Celtic sites. View the guide’s full-color photos and maps to help you plan the most scenic route.

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'Wallpaper City Guide Amsterdam'

Whether you’re staying for a long weekend or 10 days, this guide to art, architecture, shopping and more lets you personalize your trip based on the length of your stay. 

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'Culture Shock! Austria: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette'

Read this rich, cultural reference to Austrian life on the plane. By the time you arrive you'll have learned key words, cultural norms and where to go for great entertainment.

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'Time Out Cape Town Winelands and Garden Routes'

Pick up this book for not only the best of Cape Town, but also the worst (including the most overrated tourist traps), so you’ll know when to save and when to spend.

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'The World’s Cheapest Destinations'

Take advantage of the conversion rate—explore 21 countries where your money is worth more than it is back home!

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'Slow The Cotswolds: Local, characterful guides to Britain’s Special Places'

Branch out from the urban tourist trap of London to enjoy England’s rural countryside, including historic houses, gardens and estates. This colorful compendium will also lead you through Roman ruins and Civil War battle sites.

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'The Rough Guide to Croatia'

Discover the medieval city of Dubrovnik and explore rural Zagreb with this guide to getting around Eastern Europe’s great outdoors. 

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'Flea Markets of France'

A French flea market is the perfect place to stock up on souvenirs. This pocket-sized tome has an especially handy glossary of bargaining phrases. 

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'Italy for the Gourmet Traveler'

Loosen your belts for this trip—author Fred Plotkin lures readers with some of Italy’s best-kept culinary secrets, including where to buy delicious baked goods, olive oil, cheeses and wines.

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'Top 10 Istanbul Travel Guide'

Check out the top 10 Turkish restaurants, top 10 liveliest bars and top 10 places to stay—this book is the secret to the best of everything Istanbul offers.

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'The 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go'

This book reads like a postcard from your best girlfriend, with wallet friendly suggestions for taking a cooking class, shopping for ceramics or simply sipping back and relaxing in wine country.

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'The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook'

Written entirely by locals, this guide and a rental car are all you'll need to navigate Hawaii’s Garden Isle. The book includes honest reviews on hotels, restaurants and more. Our favorite feature: color maps to the island’s secret beaches.

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'Lonely Planet Maldives Country Travel'

Known as one of Asia’s most progressive countries, the Maldives is a true retreat. View climate charts and full color maps to plan the best time to go and take the writer’s advice: an all-inclusive resort package may be your best bet on a modest budget. 

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'Great Yoga Retreats'

Restore your body and mind at some of the world’s most beautiful yoga retreats. A peaceful, healthy vacation: priceless.

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'Off Beat Guide Stockholm'

Conveniently adapted for the Kindle, this guide includes everything you need to navigate Stockholm including Swedish key phrases, transportation options and hotels to match any budget.

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'The Spa Lovers Guide to Europe'

Pair site seeing with some R&R! This book outlines the 50 most beautiful and historic spa destinations in Europe and includes booking and pricing information so you can locate the best deals.


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First Published June 27, 2011

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