Used Travel Guides

Ever bought a travel guide, used it once and then it sat and sat on your book shelf? Now you can do something about that…

Travelers Can Now Sell Used Guidebooks on

Buy, travel, then sell again – travel bookstore offers free, quick and easy listings for used travel guidebooks

Singapore, January 13, 2010 – GuideGecko, the innovative publishing platform and bookstore for travel guides, from today on enables travelers from around the world to sell their used travel guidebooks on

Travelers can list their guidebooks free of charge, and the process takes less than 20 seconds. The seller decides on the price and sets the shipping costs on a domestic, continent and worldwide level. Titles are listed immediately, and are available to customers worldwide. Once sold, GuideGecko collects the customer payment and sends an email with the shipping details to the seller. Sellers receive 85% of what the customer pays, and are paid using a variety of options, including PayPal, cheque or bank transfer. There are no costs for listing or removing titles.

“We are happy to launch this functionality just in time for the post New Year holiday season,” says Daniel Quadt, Founder and Managing Director of GuideGecko. “We know there are lots of used guidebooks that have done their job for their current owners, and are now gathering dust on the bookshelf. What better way to earn some extra money towards your next trip than by selling them to other travelers looking forward to their own trip?”

GuideGecko’s travel bookstore at offers guidebooks for more than 70 categories and 169 countries, including all well-known series such Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Insight Guides, along with a large variety of less conventional titles such as Hedonist’s Guides and Trailblazer, amongst many others.

Please visit for more information and to list guidebooks for sale.

Abouut GuideGecko

GuideGecko is an innovative publishing platform and travel bookstore for travel, lifestyle and entertainment guides. GuideGecko currently offers more than 2600 guides on 169 countries and 270 cities and regions around the world. All well-known series are available, including Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Insight Guides, along with a large variety of less conventional titles such as Hedonist’s Guides and Trailblazer, amongst many others.

GuideGecko invites casual writers, bloggers and established authors to publish and sell their own guides on GuideGecko makes such guides available as PDF downloads and as printed books/booklets. Publishing is free and authors earn 50-75% on every copy sold. Become a writer and get published on GuideGecko!

Carry On Luggage Tips

As airlines keep hiking their checked-bag fees, there’s more incentive than ever to carry bags onto the plane with you. And there are good ways to do this. Just don’t be a jerk, follow a few simple etiquette rules, and everything should work out fine, travel experts say.

Experienced airline travelers, bloggers and travel Web sites generally agree on practices for handling carry-on bags to keep clutter, confusion and conflict to a minimum. Here are their top 10 tips:

• Obey government and airline rules on the size and number of items.

You can use the template at the gate, but it’s better to know your items comply before you get there.

Dimension limits can vary, so what works on one airline may not work on another. Be sure to check with your specific carrier’s Web site, and get out your tape measure.

• Don’t attempt to bring prohibited items such as sharp objects or bottles of liquids.

The Transportation Security Administration sets these rules, and it’s not fooling around. Don’t even think about trying to sneak something through; in the current security climate, straying from the rules is likely to delay you and everyone in line behind you.

• Stow your bag in the overhead bin with the wheels in first.

This leaves the handle where you and others can grab it to reposition the bag to make room for more stuff in the bin.

• Don’t put bags in lengthwise.

More bags will fit in the bin if they are all positioned perpendicular to the aisle, preferably standing on edge. If your bag is too large to fit that way, it should be checked. And remember: smaller jets mean smaller bins.

• Put your larger item up top, your smaller item at your feet.

This reduces the clutter at your feet, allowing you and others in your row to ride more comfortably and get in and out more easily.

• Use the bin directly over your head, or as close as possible.

Letting your bag squat in someone else’s bin is just uncool. It robs others of space that is rightfully theirs and singles you out as a self-serving boor. It also isn’t likely to speed your egress from the plane, as the aisle is going to be jammed after landing no matter where your bag is stowed.

• Don’t commandeer another passenger’s under-seat space.

You are entitled to the space under the seat directly in front of you, and that’s it.

• Make sure your bag is light enough to lift over your head yourself.

There will be exceptions, of course, in cases of age, infirmity or injury. Kind fellow passengers often will be willing to help, but you should not count on it — and certainly not demand it.

• Get your stuff before takeoff.

Before settling into your seat, retrieve from your bag any items you’re likely to need during the flight — book, pen, medicine, PDA — so you won’t have to stand up and rummage through the overhead bin during the flight.

• Wait until everyone’s bags are stowed, then lay your coat on top.

Bags take priority in the overhead bin. Ask a flight attendant if there’s space in a forward closet for your coat. If not, hold it in your lap until all bags are stowed, then get up and try to jam it in on top. If there’s no room, drape it over your seat and sit on it.

Traveling Lemon

In the back yard by the pool is a Meyer Lemon tree…a very small tree in a pot. I planted it in hopes of harvesting a Meyer Lemon crop one day. This lonely, but deliciously sweet, lemon is (was) my harvest this year. It was picked Saturday.

It joined some friends in my fruit bowl for a day. Once it acclimated to the indoors…it did what it was meant to do.
It became part of a tasty sauce for our grilled shrimp. This lemon traveled happily to our plates.


Don’t throw away those disposable shower caps that some hotels give. Use them to keep shoes from getting scuffed or from getting the rest of your clothes dirty from the soles. Wrap them up before packing them in your suitcase.

You can also use those shower caps for packing moist items.

Or use them to keep a camera dry when out and about.
Anyone know what these plants are?

More Travel Resolutions 2010

Up in the tree…it’s a plane…it’s a ?? Any guesses?
Here are some more travel resolutions you could aim for in 2010.
Relax… Maybe you are one of those vacationers who is up at the crack of dawn for a full day of activities. All well and good if you need to get somewhere early. But how about taking one day to sleep in, people watch, have a glass of wine at lunch or get a massage?
Take better photos… Learn to master some of the settings and functions on your camera this year and you will come back with photos that do justice to your travel memories.
Sample a new delicacy… Even if it’s close to home, try something that you have never eaten before. Seek out the local street food cart with the longest line or ask the waiter for the house specialty.
Strike up a conversation… Make an extra effort to talk to your taxi driver, your waiter or the hotel staff. Ask about their favorites in the city or country you are visiting. You might find more interesting information and things to see than you would get from your guide book.

Travel Resolutions

How many of us make New Year’s Resolutions…and then totally forget about them? Or maybe you think you’ll make some this year…and all of a sudden it’s February.
Well here’s a few you may be able to make…and keep this year. After all they relate to travel. So how hard should this be?
Get a passport. If you don’t have one, now would be a great time to apply for one. Canada, Mexico and much of the Caribbean now require a passport. If you have one, check to see if yours is close to expiring. Some countries won’t let you travel to them or back to the US if it expires within six months of your travel date.
Learn 10 phrases. A few simple phrases can make your life easier and earn you a smile. Grab a pocket sized phrase book and practice a few like “thank you”, “please”,or “excuse me”.
Upgrade your travel gear. Get a new piece of luggage and learn to pack it lightly. Look for some of the new light weight ones and maybe try a color other than black.
More tomorrow…bet you can’t wait.

More Christmas Photos

This lovely dinosaur had to go to Denver on a plane…Southwest flight attendant made a big deal of having a “roboraptor dinosaur” on his plane. Quite the thrill for all the passengers.

Lights around the pool.
Christmas Day by Vacaville.