Out of all the guide books I have used on my travels I have found the Lonely Planet range to be the best and most concisely written with the backpacker, Independent and Budget Traveler in mind.

Lonely Planet is passionate about bringing people together, about
understanding our world, and about people sharing experiences that
enrich everyone's lives.  They aim to inspire people to explore, have fun,
and travel often.  And they strive to provide travelers everywhere with
reliable, comprehensive and independent travel information.

Lonely Planet began in the early 1970s after founders Tony and
Maureen Wheeler completed an overland journey from London through
Asia and on to Australia.  That trip resulted in the first ever Lonely
Planet guidebook - Across Asia on the Cheap - and laid the foundations
of the world's leading independent travel publisher.

In Association with Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk I have developed this website as a comprehensive guide to the travel books offered by Lonely Planet.  Please select a region you are interested, and I hope you find this site interesting and useful.