Fifteen Lonely Planet E-Books for $15

Pay what you want for the first five books.
Pay what you want for the first five books.

Need some travel inspiration for the New Year?  

Lonely Planet’s survey books are always a good place to start for some trip planning ideas.  Now you can get fifteen Lonely Planet electronic travel books for $15, via Humble Bumble.

Pay What You Want for $300+ of Lonely Planet E-Books

These books are available in PDF, ePUB, and MOBI formats.  Here’s how it works:

Pay any amount you choose to get five Lonely Planet travel books in electronic format.  The books are:

  1. The Lonely Planet Book of Everything
  2. Best in Travel 2016
  3. The World’s Great Wonders
  4. Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Photography Tips
  5. Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips
Bid above the average and get six additional books.
Bid above the average and get six additional books.

Pay at least the average pledge ($8.61 as of now) to get an additional  six books and probably more.  Included here are:

  1. You Only Live Once
  2. The World
  3. Volunteer:  A Traveller’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World
  4. How to Survive Anything
  5. From the Source Italy
  6. From the Source Thailand
  7. ? More books coming soon
Pay$15 and get four additional books.

Pay at least $15 to get four more books in addition to all the previous books:

  1. The Travel Book
  2. Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World
  3. Lonely Planet’s Wild World
  4. Wine Trails

That’s a total of $15 for fifteen or more books.  The money goes to one of several charities — including Doctors Without Borders, a personal favorite.

FWIW, my husband says he’s gotten lots of technical books via Humble Bumble.

Free for Kindle: Lonely Planet’s Tackling the UK

Free for Kindle
Lonely Planet Guide to UK: Free for Kindle

Lonely Planet is offering a free e-book to England and Wales that provides travel information for the cities where the Rugby World Cup is taking place this year.

Even if you are not traveling for the games, you may find this travel guide to Great Britain to be useful.

The book, Lonely Planet Tackling the UK: Explore England and Wales during the rugby this autumn, is available free for Kindle from Amazon.  

Lonely Planet’s Tackling the UK travel guide includes tips for saving time and money on transit, food, accommodations, sightseeing, nightlife, and shopping.

Tackling the UK covers these destinations
Tackling the UK covers these destinations

The book covers London, Brighton, Gloucester, Milton Keynes, Exeter, Birmingham, Leicester, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Cardiff.

This 386 page book was published August 1, 2015, so the information should be current.


Free Lonely Planet “Guide to Pride”

Guide to Pride -- Free on iTunes
Guide to Pride — Free on iTunes

Guide to Pride is Lonely Planet’s selection of 20 of the biggest Gay Pride events around the globe.

The guide covers the who, what, where, and when of each city’s Gay Pride celebration.

You’ll also find color photos of major attractions, along with expert travel tips on where to eat, sleep, and drink in each city.

Guide to Pride is available to download free on iTunes.

Published in June 2015, the digital guide is 46 pages long.

The book devotes a two-page spread to each city, so it is by no means comprehensive.

It’s really intended more as an inspiration to travel!


  • Amsterdam
  • Atlanta
  • Auckland
  • Berlin
  • Buenos Aires
  • Cape Town
  • Dublin
  • London
  • Madrid
  • Melbourne
  • New York City
  • Paris
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Reykjavík
  • San Francisco
  • São Paulo
  • Sydney
  • Taipei
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver

Secret Europe by Lonely Planet: Free for Kindle

Secret Europe by Lonely Planet
Free from

Travel guides are some of my favorite leisure reading.  Lonely Planet publishes free e-books that are basically teasers for their full length travel guides.

Their most recent offering, available for free in the Amazon Kindle store, is Secret Europe:  50 Truly Unforgettable Experiences to Inspire your Next Trip.

This 41-page mini-guide, published in June 2014, highlights clandestine nightclubs, secret hotels, killer views, off-the-radar villages, lesser-known cultural capitals, and more.

If your are looking for inspiration to start planning your your next travel adventure, and you like to explore hidden gems and unique activities, you might want to download this book.

Coverage includes:

  • Spain: Cabo de Gata, Parque Natural Sierras Subbeticas, Gibraltar
  • Czech Republic: Olomouc, Prague
  • Poland: Krakow
  • Turkey: Bozcaada
  • Ireland: Cromane, Dublin
  • Macedonia: Dihovo
  • Italy: Lazio, Nocelle, Sibillini Mountains, Ostuni, Venice
  • Croatia: Losinj, Zagreb
  • Germany:Mechernich, Beuron, Berlin
  • Netherlands: Haarlem, Amsterdam
  • England: Battle, South Cotswolds, London
  • Luxembourg: Luxembourg City
  • Norway: Kjerringoy, Bergen
  • Russia: Kaliningrad
  • France: Amiens, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Paris
  • Serbia: Belgrade
  • Iceland: Reykjavik, Nordurfjordur
  • Estonia: Tartu
  • Montenegro: Morinj
  • Belarus: Pripyatsky National Park
  • Switzerland: Lavaux
  • Albania: Shkodra
  • Greece: Ithaca
  • Georgia: Kakheti
  • Portugal: Vila do Bispo
  • Wales: Conwy
  • Latvia: Sigulda
  • Scotland: Claunie
  • Finland: The Lakeland
  • Crete: Milia

I am definitely going to add a number of these destinations to my wish list!



Moon National Parks Sampler: Free for Kindle

Moon National Parks Sampler
Free for the Kindle

Thinking about a road trip to the National Parks this summer?

Pick up a free e-copy of the Moon National Parks Sampler to get some ideas.
Moon Handbooks are geared for the independent traveler.
Moon National Parks Sampler
The National Parks Sampler includes maps, itineraries, and travel planning tips for:
  • Acadia National Park
  • Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains
  • Canadian Rockies
  • Four Corners including Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon
  • Glacier National Park
  • Grand Canyon
  • Mt. Rushmore & the Black Hills
  • Yellowstone & Grand Teton
  • Yosemite
  • Zion & Bryce
The 385-page book, published in May 2012, provides an overview of some of North America’s most iconic destinations.
Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Paperwhite

The information in this sampler is excerpted from individual Moon national parks guides; once you’ve chosen your travel destination, check out the full-length Moon guide to the park of your choice.

Don’t have a Kindle?
I have the most basic version called the Kindle Paperwhite.
I like it because it’s easy on the eyes and you can use it outside in full sunlight.  It’s very lightweight, holds 1,000 books, and has a weeks-long battery life.
The biggest disadvantage of the model I have is that there is no backlighting if you want to read in bed at night.
You can often find great deals on refurb Kindles on Amazon.
If you don’t want to travel with with yet another electronic device, you can download the free Kindle app for smartphones, tablets, and computers.
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Travel to Eat? The World’s Best Street Food

Lonely Planet's The World's Best Street Food
Free on Amazon’s Kindle Store

Live to eat?  Me too!

Lonely Planet’s The World’s Best Street Food: Where to Find It & How to Make It is combination cookbook and travel guide –my two favorite genres.

This 225 page book, published in 2012 presents collection of  street food experiences from around the globe, including everything from classic hotdogs to exotic pastries.

Inside The World’s Best Street Food:

  • 100 authentic recipes from around the world
  • Brilliant images throughout
  • In-depth background of each dish, how it came about and what it’s like to eat
  • Savoury and Sweet sections

    Lonely Planet's the World's Best Street Food
    Lonely Planet’s the World’s Best Street Food
  • Glossary of exotic ingredients with easy-to-find alternatives
  • Where to find the best examples of each dish when you’re on the road
  • Written by food writers from around the world with an introduction by Tom Parker Bowles

The Kindle edition is currently free on Amazon (the paperback costs $14.50.)

Audubon Field Guide Apps 80% Off

Audubon Field Guide  Apps on Sale
Audubon Field Guide Apps on Sale

If you are planning an outdoorsy vacation this summer, listen up.

In honor of John J. Audubon’s 229th Birthday on April 26th, 16 Audubon field guide apps are on sale in the iTunes store for 99 cents, an eighty percent discount.

The sale runs from April 24, 2014 to May 1, 2014.

Audubon was the French-American naturalist and artist who revolutionized the practice of field identification and created fantastic illustrations of birds.

Audubon Field Guide Apps on Sale

Audubon field guides are a comprehensive suite of apps created in alliance with the National Audubon Society.

Audubon Field Guide  Apps on Sale
Audubon Field Guide Apps on Sale

The sale extends to both single subject apps and regional guides, all of which are $0.99 each for a limited time.  

The single subject apps cover topics such as mushrooms, fishes, birds, trees, reptiles, wildflowers and insects for all of North America.  

Audubon Field Guide Apps on Sale
The Regional Nature Guides are a Great Deal


The regional apps are the real bargain. Each app covers eight subjects in great detail:

  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Butterflies
  • Fish
  • Insects and spiders
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Trees
  • Wildflowers

The regional apps are for these areas of the United States:

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Free Guidebook: The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

Free Lonely Planet Guide:  The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Free from the Lee County
Visitor & Convention Bureau

My first paid job in the environmental movement was an internship at the Conservation Foundation in Washington, DC.

I worked for ecologist John Clark, a pioneer in the conservation of wetlands and barrier islands.

He had just published a the seminal guide to ecologically-based land use planning:  The Sanibel Report:  Formulation of a Comprehensive Plan Based on Natural Systems.  The report is a case study of how to develop a land use plan consistent with the carrying capacity of natural systems.

I have always been curious about Sanibel Island in Florida — was the conservation plan able to keep development in check?

Today, much of the island is preserved as the J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge.  Sanibel, and neighboring Captiva island are best known as a shell collector’s paradise.  Eco-tourism is the major industry.

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau is promoting the area by distributing a free copy of Lonely Planet’s guidebook, Discover the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, published in July 2012.

This is a full color softcover, pocket-sized travel guide — 176 pages, plus a pull-out map. There are no ads.

This guide covers:

  • Beaches: Beautiful beaches of every style, including world-class shelling, secluded white sand and sunsets
  • Nature & eco travel: From pristine beaches to wetlands and wildlife refuges
  • History & culture: Meet the pioneers, from the Calusa Indians to the Koreshan, and lively artists colonies
  • Entertainment: Shopping or nightlife,  from jazz bars to dives and boutiques
  • Dining: Everything from bargain seafood joints overlooking the water to ethnic eats
  • Sport & activities: Get your hiking boots on, your kayak prepped, or hop on a bike
  • Accommodations:  Choose from historic cottages, vacation rentals or chain hotels

Sign up here to request a free hard copy of the Lonely Planet guidebook.

If you prefer a digital version, you can download the Kindle edition free of charge from

2014 Fodor’s Travel Guides: Now Free on iTunes

Fodor's Rio City Guide App
Fodor’s Rio City Guide App

Fodor’s has updated its series of 22 free travel guides for iPhone and iPad and the 2014 editions are now available on iTunes.

Just in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, city guides for Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo have been added!

Each App features:

Expert info:  Read about things to do and get expert tips
– Interactive Local Maps:  Discover what’s nearby
Booking Tools:  Book hotels, tours, and more
– Planner:  Save favorites and create lists

Fodor’s local travel experts vet every recommendation.  You’ll find information on neighborhoods, cheap things to do, kid-friendly attractions, shopping, nightlife, performing arts, and more.  These are not your parent’s stuffy travel books!

Fodor's Apps Feature Interactive Maps
Fodor’s Apps Feature Interactive Maps

The interactive maps make it easy to find nearby hotels, sights, restaurants, bars, and clubs and to access reviews from the map.

Listings are searchable by destination, price range, or category of interest.  Look for properties designated “Fodor’s Choice,” representing the best of the best.

The Fodor’s apps were recognized as the “2013 Travel App of the Year” by the Society of American Travel Writers, and were featured in Wired Magazine’s 2012 App Guide as a Best Travel Reference App.

How can Fodor’s afford to give away its guidebooks for free?  The apps include the ability to book hotel rooms via Expedia, buy event tickets via Tickets Now, and make restaurant reservations via Open Table.  Fodor’s is likely earning a commission if you make purchases via the app.

Fodor's 2014 Travel Guides Free on iTunes
Fodor’s 2014 Travel Guides Free on iTunes

Here are links to the city travel guides:

Fodor’s U.S. City Guide Apps

Fodor’s International City Guide Apps

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Get It Now: Free Dublin Book from Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet's Dublin GuideLonely Planet is offering free copies of its Dublin travel guide for Kindle or iOS in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

This is a an electronic version of the complete 256 page book, published in October 2013.

The regular price of the digital version of Lonely Planet Dublin is $22.99.   

Lonely Planet Dublin, is a comprehensive travel guide, for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

Here’s the description from the publisher:

Inside Lonely Planet’s Dublin Travel Guide:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips – including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience – including history, literature, music and architecture.
  • Useful features – including Walking Tours, Day Trips and For Free
  • Coverage of Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Merrion Square, the Northside, Kilmainhaim and the Liberties, and more

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