I use a variety of different travel sites to find my information. I often find that sites specific to that area are the most helpful - either one done by that country, or by a person who specializes in that country. Lonely Planet is not that. The nice thing about Lonely Planet and the reason I have found it useful is that basically every place you could visit in the world is covered by them. They just give an overview of the area (often a little bland) but it gives you some keywords and ideas to get started. I have also found the forums to be a helpful place to post questions, as there are a lot of people reading them every day. For instance, when I had a question about which side of the boat to be on for my cruise to Alaska, I was able to search and quickly find an answer in their forums. I find it to be a good jumping off point, and then I move to more specific websites. I would recommend the site.
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