Lonely Planet Adds Guidebook Maps To Their Site


Lonely Planet Adds Guidebook Maps To Their Site

It was announced today over at Lonely Planet that they are adding their guidebook maps to their online guides, a welcome addition to the otherwise truncated online guides that used Google Maps before.

However, a cursory look at the new addition shows that, curiously, the Google maps are still there, they’ve just added pushpins to various sights and attractions.

Not exactly a huge improvement. Wouldn’t it be better to use the Google maps but also to include links to the LP maps as they are seen in the print guidebooks (numbers and symbols with a key box next to it)? To me, the online map is too compressed (it’s just a small sliver at the top of the page) and good luck trying to figure out how to get to one point to another using it. I think LP should go back to the drawing board on this one. What are your thoughts? Bueller?



Published on April 21, 2009

  • http://www.TheExpeditioner.com Matt Stabile

    I understand that they expanded and filled in where Google maps were missing, and I think that's a nice addition, but I still criticize the fact that the maps are still very small and hard to use, and I still don't like the fact that they don't offer the option to view the Lonely Planet maps from the guidebooks (with the key box).

    Again, I think it's a nice start but it could still use improvement. I personally use LP on all my trips and will continue to do so, which is why I'd like to see the online site live up to the same standards as the print edition.

  • Pete

    I think you've missed the point. They haven't just put pins on Google Maps, they have 'stretched' their guidebook maps with street names etc over the top of a Google map to fill in the details where Lonely Planet's map is better than Google's.

    FOR EXAMPLE

    Lonely Planet:
    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/morocco/marrakesh
    (click the + to zoom into the map further to see Lonely Planet's detail)

    Versus Google's non existent map:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&am

    Pretty impressive if you ask me!

    I just read on the Lonely Planet site a blog post about their new maps mashed up with Google's:
    http://inside-digital.blog.lonelyplanet.com/2009/