Tuesday, 26 October 2004

Robert Young Pelton on "The Practical Nomad"

Robert Young Pelton (author of The World's Most Dangerous Places ), devotes his column this month in National Geographic Adventure magazine to, "the top five secrets ... that guidebook publishers don't want you to know about their products." In no particular order, but starting with, "(1) They're outdated."

His advice? "Tired of clinging to that guidebook like it's a security blanket? Try reading something that tells you how to appreciate the art of travel rather than how to spend money." And he lists The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World as one of "ten insightful travelogues that will inspire rather than dictate."

Pelton's right about the time it takes to produce a guidebook (yes, even with modern technology), and the other items on his list), but wrong that it's something guidebook publishers don't want you to know. I've said the same thing in public talks, with representatives of my publisher in the audience -- and they were pleased to hear me tell travellers that they should understand that most current editions of regularly-updated guidebooks are based on research done two to three years ago. That's not a reason not to buy a guidebook, but it's something good guidebook publishers want you to know, and to factor in when using a guidebook to plan your trip (allow for change) or your travel budget (allow for inflation).

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Comments

The world's most dangerous place is an amazing book. It is very rich and really show us the danger out there. It is both exciting and scary.

Posted by: arnaud collery, 11 June 2006, 19:00 ( 7:00 PM)

I am writing an article for Vietnam magazine about military contractors during the Vietnam War. Representatives of SourceWatch recommended Robert Young Pelton as a good source. If it is possible, I would greatly appreciate help in locating him. Thank you.

Posted by: Don Merrill, 18 July 2006, 15:50 ( 3:50 PM)
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