The most essential travel companion is a trustworthy guidebook. If it fits neatly in your pocket or handbag, all the better. Great news: The best-selling and award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Top 10 series is getting an update. The all-color, fully revised travel guides feature new itineraries, pull-out maps, photography and more.
The first set of revamped guides, now available, includes these top destinations: London, Barcelona, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Iceland, San Francisco, Rome, Berlin, New York City and Washington, D.C.
For comparison, I pulled out the 2014 DK Barcelona guide I purchased before my three-week trip to Spain that year. The first thing I noticed is the map on the inside cover of the 2016 edition clearly color-codes the city’s various neighborhoods. The second thing is an easier-to-read typeface.
The two-day and four-day itineraries, with stopping points plotted on a map, are a marvelous addition. (I’m happy that I didn’t miss anything during my visit!)
Both editions identify and describe Barcelona’s Top 10 Highlights as well as the Top 10 Features of each one. From there, the early book runs on in cluttered fashion. The 2016 edition re-organizes itself into a new chapter called The Top 10 of Everything. You’ll find headings such as Modernista Buildings; Parks and Beaches; Restaurants and Tapas Bars; Gay and Lesbian Hang-Outs—with 10 listings under each one, of course. New entries are Barcelona for Free and Off the Beaten Track.
Overall, the earlier edition was excellent, but the new one is even better! (DK did generously provide me with copies of the new editions, but I previously purchased my own for all my travels.)
Since 2002, DK Eyewitness Travel has helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture and culture of more than 80 global destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations and reviews. The rest of the series will continue to release through 2018.
The specs: Paperback and eBook formats, 4 inches x 7 1/2 inches, about 200 pages, $14.