Lonely Planet Syndrome; affects mostly new backpackers. Common symptoms include stiff neck, pointing in several directions at the same time, confusion and prone to repeating the phrase whatever?
Inevitability when you are looking for hotels & cheap guesthouses in Asia, you will run into people who have a Lonely Planet stuck in there faces, as they try to find the best one of the lot listed. My experience is that if you show up with a LP guide in hand, they are going to try to take advantage of you, as they can guess that you are a new guy and haven’t been around yet.
The best cure I can recommend is to take the LP guide and bury it in the bottom of your pack, and start to enjoy everything that you are missing, including the stiff neck from having your head stuck inside the book all day long!
The best bet is to go into the areas that …Continue reading