I buy the picture based guides like Fodor, Eyewitness, Discovery Insight Guide. These give you more specific information with pictures and history. Lonely Planet is designed more for the young British/Australian picnicer backpackers (and they are fun to be with) who buy these 6 month QUantas fly-anywhere tickets. These guys are basically looking for fun and interesting experiences and Lonely Planet is perfect for them. I know a girl who uses lonely guide - and if you met her, you will see what I mean.
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from the article: Why Israelis shouldn't read travel guides to their country