From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for nearly 30 years, and as a result has experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's "been there" advice. The original backpacker's bible, the LP series has recently widened its reach. While still giving insights for the low-budget traveler, the books now list a wide range of accommodations and itineraries for those with less time than money.
With a special focus on women travelers, this is an essential resource for those considering independent travel in Morocco. This comprehensive guide offers trekking routes in the High Atlas and Rif Mountains, an illustrated guide to Islamic architecture, a full-color section on arts and crafts, a useful guide to the incredible birds of Morocco, expanded cultural notes, and essential planning information. Also included are Arabic, French, and Berber language sections. --Kathryn True [via]