Background

Many travelers find that it is helpful to do some reading about the intended travel destination before finalizing plans for the trip.  This can provide insight about the best ways to travel, the best things to see and the nature of the people and the culture of the area. In recent years, the most value source of information concerning a destination, its attractions, accomodations and restaruants has become real-time forums, such as Trip Advisor, where visitors actively use and review for the sake of future travelers.  These forums are mostly online and allow a constant flow of information and updates related to travel destinations.  

Travelers interested in supplementing their Manila travel plans in such a fashion may also consider reading the following books:

  • “The Rough Guide to the Philippines” by Rough Guides provides basic travel information for visitors just getting started in trying to figure out what they want to do during their Manila vacation.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1858... .
  • “Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling Philippines” by Heneage Mitchell is a guide to the best water adventure options in and around Manila.   http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1864... .
  • “The Manila Galleon” by Jason Schoonover is a fictional book set in the area which gives readers a chance to get to know some of the basics of Manila without having to go through a detailed nonfiction account.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1411... .
  • “Battle for Manila” by Richard Connaughton, John Pimlott, and Duncan Anderson is a historical account of the Japanese takeover of the area during World War II which provides travelers with a basis for understanding the culture and history of Manila.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0891... .

Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nugget of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.

  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site