Until the late '60s the only travel guides available were published by Shell Mex-BP, Berlitz, and Fodors. Then, in 1970, came The BIT Guide; roneo'd & stapled foolscap booklets for the adventurous heading overland to, or through, India, Africa and South America. It was, at times quite literally, a lifesaver for us naive hippy-trailers coming unstuck in Kandahar or Swat. Sadly, BIT collapsed in chaos and debt in 1979, their archives destroyed. The BIT Guide was the precursor and inspiration for Rough Guides and Lonely Planet, either of which now being the sine qua non for gap year teenagers or Third Agers.On the other hand, if you're on a SERIOUS expedition you can't beat Bradt. Weighty tomes, yes, but the porters can carry it for you. If you're more interested in a travel BOOK, rather than a guide, you really should invest in a copy of "A Short Walk In The Hindu Kush" by Eric Newby. Fabulous.
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