In the digitally connected world of the 21st century, travelers enjoy access to exponentially more information and resources than ever before - often right at their fingertips. From MatadorNetwork & TripAdvisor to Google Maps & countless apps, blogs and travel websites, the sheer amount of information accessible to travelers nearly anywhere in the world is mind-boggling and even overwhelming at times. Instant translators, currency converters, maps, menus, reviews - they're all instantly available on a smartphone that you can take virtually anywhere.
With all of these fantastic new tools at my disposal, I still find myself relying on the same resource that I did while backpacking through Europe, Asia & the Middle East back in the pre-digital age of the 1980s and early 90s - Lonely Planet Guides. And the Lonely Planet is still the #1 travel resource I recommend to International TEFL Academy graduates heading to teach English abroad, whether it is their first adventure abroad, or if they are a seasoned traveler. Here are 4 reasons why: