Your best guide is obviously yourself, a notebook, (for some) a map and a dictionary. However, the all-in-one alternative can be rather handy. I have long been under the impression that a guide should cover (a) location (e.g. maps), (b) means of transport (timetables, prices, etc.), (c) accomodation and (d) sites, customs and places of interest. It also should be up to date, well reasonably so anyway. I am a bit fed up with Lonely Planet, which has been my guide of choice for many moons now. Whereas I used to find it a reliable source of information, I now find the quality has now dropped quite sharply. Updates are scant. Maps are at best mysterious, at worst misleading. Information is either far too detailed or quite frankly in the sketchy zone. Information on transport I have found unreliable, so I end up buying maps locally, scaring honest citizens with baffling and unintelligible questions and scouring the interweb for information. Maybe I've just grown out of it. In any event, Arrse having many a seasoned traveler in its ranks, I was wondering what other guides Arrsers use and would recommend, the idea being for a guide to supplement whatever information you have gathered yourself.