The Countries, Regions & City Gold Guides from Fodor’s, one of America’s principal travel publishers, explore a range of destinations worldwide and have notably strong coverage of the North, Central and South America. Fodor’s editorial style is noticeably American in tone and focus, often offering insights and observations with an American audience in mind. However, the series is comparable to UK publishers in the depth of information and coverage covered in each guide and Fodor’s are increasingly covering non-Americas destinations, in addition to their expertise in the American market and comprehensive set of US guides.
Each guide in the Countries, Regions & Cities series is structured in a similar format, depending on the destination, and is practically designed to allow readers to locate the information they need efficiently while travelling on the road. An ‘experience’ chapter profiles the destination, with an overview of what’s where, when to go, getting there and around, making the most of your money, accommodation, top attractions, suggested itineraries and a calendar of events. Individual sections are arranged geographically by city, region, or area and are subsequently divided into the principal neighbourhoods or regions of the city or country. There is comprehensive information on getting there and around, the best time to visit, top attractions, where to eat and stay, nightlife and the arts, shopping and sport.
A ‘Travel Smart’ section at the back of each guide provides a range of practical and useful information, including details of getting there and around, accommodation, local customs, eating out, ecotourism, electricity, emergencies, health, opening hours, mail, media, money, packing, passports, toilets, safety, sightseeing, sports and the outdoors, taxes, tipping, tours and visitor tourist information.