The full-size Lonely Planet Eastern Europe was an invaluable tool on my most recent trip. It also clocks in at 1060 pages. It’s bigger than my cute purse, and while I could put it in my ugly, practical purse it wouldn’t leave room for essentials like an Evian atomizer and my hair brush. What’s my solution? Easy! I snap my map! Yup, I photograph the pages of the book that are relevant to the place I’m visiting, and then when I need to consult a map, find a restaurant or check an attraction’s opening hours I just review the photos on my camera until I find the relevant page. You can definitely do the same thing on your smartphone, but I like using my camera because it’s less conspicuous (it just looks like I’m reviewing my photos).
To make your load even lighter, grab a knife! Before I went to Eastern Europe I cut out the sections for the countries I knew I definitely wouldn’t be visiting. I clipped them together and stored them in a safe place for future trips. So while my guidebook usually stays in the hostel, it takes up 200 pages less space than when I bought it!