What's the worst part of most printed travel guides? Lugging them around. Plus, although they're written by travel experts, I generally find that I really only need portions of the book, not the whole thing. After all, how many hotels can one person stay at during a one-week trip?!
What's really needed here is more flexibility and customization. I'd like to pick the contents from a list of options and create my own custom guide. That's possible now thanks to Professional TravelGuide's new service, eGuidebook. You'll find information on more than 7,000 destinations and it's easy to pick and choose the content you want in your custom eGuidebook. Build it by yourself or in collaboration with other friends or family members. Once you're happy with the contents, turn your eGuidebook into a print product with the Pocket Guidebook service (click here for a demo). Pocket Guidebooks are produced via print-on-demand with prices starting at $18.95 (including shipping in the U.S.)
I tend to think cellphones and other portable devices will eventually become the key travel content delivery platform, but between now and then, we can use services like eGuidebook and Pocket Guidebook to add more of a personal, fun touch to a family vacation or other getaway.