Guide books are great for jump starts, for gathering ideas, and getting a sense of what your destination is like. That being said, it is not some know-all encyclopedia that you should live by. For example, the “local eatery” that a guide book refers to now becomes the biggest tourist trap in the area. You know why? Because you and the other hundreds of thousands of people who are reading the book now flock to said eatery, and it loses its local and unique quality. Instead, explore on your own, find your own eateries, or markets, or clubs! Use the book as a stepping stone, but don’t live by it.