The International Writers
Rough Guide to Slovenia - Edition 2
By Norm Longley
Ian Middleton review
Publisher: Rough Guides; 2nd Ed edition
(25 Jan 2007) English
Insightful and informative, Rough
Guide to Slovenia is an essential part of anyones Slovenia
As a seasoned traveller, having an accurate and useful travel
guide is an essential part of my kit.
Recently I have grown tired of mainstream and established guides leaning
more towards database listings of where to go and what to do. I want insight.
I want to know about a place, its history, culture and the authors
personal views. I want to feel inspired to visit a place by the writing.
So its refreshing to see that the Rough Guides still manage to maintain
an acceptable balance between information and insight.
The Rough Guide to Slovenia is now in its second edition and there
have been many improvements. The most obvious is the new glossy cover;
a full page photo with a translucent band across help to make the book
much more aesthetically appealing to the eye, which is a vast improvement
from the bland cover of the previous edition.
The colour intro contains a useful quick reference guide to the countrys
highlights, and scattered throughout the book youll also find two
new colour inserts that help to give more emphasis on the two things the
country is most famous for: caves and outdoor activities.
More importantly though, is the content. The author manages to maintain
an easygoing style which almost makes you feel like he is actually talking
to you. Whilst striving to provide accurate information he is also not
afraid to give blatantly honest reviews of places and accommodation. His
description of a place in Bled where I have personally stayed is right
on the button:
"This popular lakeside place has a convivial atmosphere despite
the rooms being dated and cramped."
Its for this kind of honesty that people buy a travel guide. If
we just wanted a simple list of places to stay and go we would ask at
the tourist office, or read the brochures. But independent travellers
who want to plan their own itinerary want to know what the place is really
like, so they can make an informed decision as to where to go and stay.
While boxed sections highlight special events or places of interest, the
bulk of the information is neatly woven into sectioned paragraphs each
written with a clarity and authority that is indicative of the authors
thorough research and in-depth knowledge of the country. The second edition
also contains more detailed maps than the previous edition and its map
of the Triglav National Park is the best Ive seen yet.
Extremely well written and packed with accurate and useful information,
the Rough Guide to Slovenia is an essential aid to anyone planning
a trip to this beautiful and diverse little country.
Reviewed by Ian Middleton: Travel Writer and photographer, and author
of Mysterious World: Ireland.
Ian Middleton is a freelance travel writer and photographer from the
UK. He is the author of three travel narrative books and one travel guide
to ancient Ireland, Mysterious World: Ireland. Ian has also written for
several magazines, including Mysterious World, backpacker Ireland, Walking
World Ireland, Take your car UK and the Slovenia Times newspaper. Ian's
photography has been published in Mysterious World: Ireland, Masa Acher
magazine, Living Abroad, Bradt Travel Guides and the Slovenia Times newspaper.
Visit my websites:
Check out my new travel guide to ancient Ireland: http://ireland.mysteriousworld.com
all rights reserved - all comments are the writers' own responsibiltiy
- no liability accepted by hackwriters.com or affiliates.