Buying the Best Maui Guidebooks: Top 5 Features to Look For - Part 2

Some Travel Guides Are Better Suited to Your Needs

This is Part 2 of my How to choose the perfect Maui Guidebooks mini-guide. If you want to explore the first half and read about the first 3 features, follow this link to the Maui Guidebook Top 5 Features - Part 1 page.

In the first part of the mini-guide, I mentioned the importance of choosing the right travel guide between a general Hawaii guidebook and a specific Maui travel guide.

I also talked about maps and how it is crucial that they are durable, accurate and relevant to your 'travelers' needs.

I finally confessed how much I love when a guidebook takes position and offers clear choices in the form or Editorial picks.

Let's now explore 2 additional features that, in my opinion, are essential to consider.

Tip - A very cool feature called look inside' is provided by Amazon. It's not available on all books but recent ones tend to have it working. By clicking on the Click on the Maui Trailblazer book suggested above and try it once on the Amazon website. It's very helpful to get a close look at the book before buying.

4- Getting Off the Beaten Path Suggestions

Several Maui guidebooks only provide 'standard' information you can find almost everywhere on the web. They review Maui's most popular attractions and rate resorts, hotels and restaurants. This is a good start, but you definitively want more than that.

There is so much to see and discover in Maui Hawaii when you get off the beaten path.

When comes the time to choose the best Maui guidebook, make sure it provides those invaluable off the beaten path suggestions.

There's nothing like getting advice from a 'been there, done that' perspective. The kind of insight you get from a guidebook that actually 'talks this way' could make all the difference in the world, turning you trip into a dream vacation… a lifetime experience.

Some guidebooks like Maui Revealed do succeed in this field. And this is what really makes them stand out from the crowd (see my full review here).

5- Making Sure the Guidebook Answers Your Specific Needs

One big mistake a lot of Maui travelers do is not choosing the right guidebook for their specific needs.

The fact is we, as travelers, have very different tastes and objectives. Some of us are looking for the ultimate relaxation experience, some are traveling with kids, some are seeking romance, some are looking for adrenaline while others are on a mission to get the perfect picture. This list could go on forever.

Diversity is a great thing. This is what makes the world so exciting after all! But it also makes it very hard for any guidebook to deliver a product that is appealing to everybody.

In the end, each Maui guidebooks will prove more suited to a certain audience. What you need to do is to find the one that is made for you.

My suggestion is to begin with a solid general Maui guidebook like Maui Revealed and then add one more specialized travel guide to your luggage.

For example, if you like hiking and snorkeling, the Maui Trailblazer guidebook could be the perfect companion to your general Maui travel guide.

The bottom line: Make sure you identify your specific needs and buy the right guidebook. You won't regret it.

To help you find the most relevant travel guide, here's a complete list of Maui Hawaii Guidebooks sorted by categories.

One Last Advice: Use Consumers Reviews

In terms of reviews, the opinion of hundreds of satisfied consumers is pure gold… Take a minute to see what other buyers of Maui travel guides think of a each book. This is a great firsthand feedback available to you and it's totally free.

As an example, bring your mouse over one of the book covers presented above and wait a second or two. A small box will pop-up and the number of reviews and the overall rating of the book will appear. Click on the yellow stars to get more details and read the full reviews.

You can do this with every guidebook found on the Maui Hawaii Guidebooks Complete List. This is what I call a valuable second opinion!

Wonder what to do next? Why not start with my personal Top 3 Maui Hawaii Travel Guide page.

Missed the first part of this mini-guide? Jump back to Part 1

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