Lonely Planet just published a great free e-book for facebook and twitter followers on Travel Destinations for 2013. Check it out here.
It’s also really interesting to read the interviews of founders of different travel guide publications. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Tony Wheeler (co-founder of Lonely Planet):
“It’s only when you get out on your own that you really travel and those first solo teenage expeditions never leave you”
“Travel starts when you leave the airport, dump the pre-booked hotel and get off the tour bus, when there’s nobody holding your hand any longer. Up to that point you’ve been a tourist.”
“You could earn a university degree from travel, I’ve learnt so much stuff about so many things.”
“If there’s a golden rule of travel, it’s to leave your preconceptions at home, however far you’ve gone down the road you’re still likely to meet somebody who has gone even further.”