Another competition from Bookdepository:

The Book Depository Competitions

Win a load of Rough Guide goodies

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:42

Rough Guides have kindly given us a whole load of goodies to give away! A Rough Guides bag filled with travel goodies and a North Face duffel bag plus 5 Rough Guides of your choice.
Just answer the simple question below by Monday 12th August to be in with a chance to win. In the meantime check out all these great Rough Guides!

In which American state is the Grand Canyon?

And of course the answer is Arizona - I went there back in 2008, awesome place!

Gav's rant about travel guide book companies:
I actually like the rough guide books, I did move to Bradt travel guides for a bit, but I read a few articles by Hillary Bradt talking badly about wildlife and after those I didn't want to support their books any more, Lonely Planet's not bad and is considered an Aussie company (up until they sold a lot of it to the BBC), however these days it seems to be aimed at the more expensive travel, except their shoe string series and they're never in-depth enough. Lonely planet used to be great for backpacking, the problem these days is I think they feel their market has moved from the young who look everything up online to the 40+ who have more money.

That said, it must be the backpackers that have more money, as you can often get a good hotel in most cities around the world cheaper than you can a hostel if you know what you're doing.

I stayed in the Hilton on an island opposite St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) in Venice which had a private boat to go back and forth between the island and the main parts of Venice and it was 10 cheaper per night than a hostel 10km outside the city that you had to pay for a train in every day.

Same went for the Gold Coast, hostels are expensive there, hotels are often empty, with a lot of rooms, and can sometimes be had cheaply.