How to Find the Perfect Travel Guide

With all of these travel guides mucking up the Web, tossing another into the bottomless well, the act alone is seemingly a crime deserving of punishment. While most of it is regurgitated information, the others are merely summaries skewed by a bad experience and a jilted vacationer. The only safe bet when it comes to deciding which guide to believe is by determining which ones still populate the shelves at your local bookstore or have a positive Amazon.com allegiance. Another good reason for keep a hard copy of your travel guide is for the sole purpose of convenience. What is more realistic, transporting individual leafs of paper, or a little book to reference?

What separates the Web guides from the books is relevance of information. Because of the cost afforded to printing and binding a book outweighs that of typing away at a keyboard and pressing submit, the rate at which new editions of text are printed can never come close to eclipsing the Web. But for a greater overview and centralized point of reference, a print guide can not be beat, especially when visiting the Yucatan.

A myriad of timeless guides line the travel aisles of stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders, but which are consistently recognized for their thoroughness, clarity, and ease of digestion? While some read like theses and others like premed textbooks, there are handfuls that always manage to find their way into the backpacks of eager travelers satisfying wanderlust.

Lonely Planet Yucatan, a guide written by a often-questionable source, but never the less a page-turner and seemingly accurate, is the most turned-to guide for everything Cancun. Not only does it deviate from a stale narrative often assigned to other travel guides, but it manages to present the material with a personal finesse, authentic, and enjoyable to read.