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Lonely Planet Collection Update

On 6 December 2015 from Reuver, Netherlands | comments closed

After 6 years, it is time to update my Lonely Planet Collection. I am only listing the physical books below, as I also started to get a little collection of Lonely Planet e-books in PDF format. Especially for last-minute trips (when there is not enough time to order the physical book), trips to only a small part of a country (where a chapter in PDF format is much more cost effective than ordering the whole book) or minimum luggage trips (e.g. hiking in Nepal where the book adds weight and I can read the e-book on mobile/tablet/e-reader anyways). In case you need to borrow one, you know where to find me.

Guide Year Edition
 
Europe
Austria 2008 5
Croatia 2007 4
Cyprus 2015 6
Czech & Slovak Republics 2007 5
Germany 2004 4
Greece 2002 5
Hungary 2009 6
Iceland 2010 7
Ireland 2012 10
Italy 2004 6
Netherlands 2004 2
Norway 1999 1
Paris 2001 3
Poland 2005 5
Portugal 2005 5
Russia, Ukraine & Belarus 2000 2
Southeastern Europe 2013 1
Spain 2007 6
Sweden 2015 6
Switzerland 2009 6
Turkey 2001 7
Ukraine 2005 1
 
Middle East
Israel & the Palestinian Territories 2007 5
Jordan 2009 7
 
Africa
Botswana & Namibia 2010 2
Egypt 2006 8
 
Asia
Across ASIA on the cheap 1973 1
Hong Kong & Macau 2004 11
India 2013 15
Japan 2013 13
Nepal 2003 6
Philippines 2012 11
South-East Asia on a Shoestring 2008 14
Sri Lanka 2012 12
Thailand 2003 10
 
Pacific & Australia
Australia 2002 11
New Zealand 2002 11
 
North America
Canada 1999 7
New York City 2008 6
Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah) 2002 3
 
South America
Bolivia 2010 7
Brazil 2010 8
Peru 2010 7
South America on a Shoestring 2007 10
 
Antarctica
Antarctica 2005 3
 
Various
Signspotting 2005
Travel Photography 2000 1
The Travel Book 2004

Guides in italics are not actually owned by me, just collected 😉

Lonely Planet Collection

On 3 October 2009 from Reuver, Netherlands | comments closed

It is no secret that I am a large fan of Lonely Planet guidebooks. Aside from the miniature versions of important landmarks, it is the only physical collection I maintain. Years ago (2001) they sent me a free travel guide after I gave them some feedback on the Canada guidebook, and that basically bought my loyalty (pretty cheap, eh). 9 years down the road of independent travel it has become a decent collection spanning all continents. Almost enough guides to lose track of, and therefore I made the inventory below. In case you need to borrow one, you know where to find me.

Guide Year Edition
 
Europe
Norway 1999 1
Portugal 2005 5
Spain 2007 6
Paris 2001 3
Netherlands 2004 2
Germany 2004 4
Switzerland 2009 6
Austria 2008 5
Italy 2004 6
Poland 2005 5
Czech & Slovak Republics 2007 5
Hungary 2009 6
Croatia 2007 4
Ukraine 2005 1
Russia, Ukraine & Belarus 2000 2
Greece 2002 5
Turkey 2001 7
 
Africa & the Middle East
Egypt 2006 8
Israel & the Palestinian Territories 2007 5
Jordan 2009 7
 
Asia
Across ASIA on the cheap 1973 1
South-East Asia on a Shoestring 2008 14
Thailand 2003 10
Hong Kong & Macau 2004 11
Nepal 2003 6
 
Australia & the Pacific
Australia 2002 11
New Zealand 2002 11
 
North, Central & South America
Canada 1999 7
New York City 2008 6
Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah) 2002 3
South America on a Shoestring 2007 10
Peru 2010 7
Bolivia 2010 7
Brazil 2010 8
Antarctica 2005 3
 
Various
Travel Photography 2000 1
The Travel Book 2004

Guides in italics are not actually owned by me, just collected 😉

Website Update 2009

On 22 July 2009 from Prague, Czech Republic | comments closed

You may have noticed few website updates lately, which is entirely due to the fact that I am using my website primarily as my travel blog and photo gallery. And as I only blog on trips longer than 1 week, there have been no blog updates. There has not been a lack of shorter trips though, so not to worry 😉

My website is currently using the following open-source scripts [updated 22 August 2009 & 20 December 2009]:

The Ultimate Car

On 13 July 2008 from Rotterdam, Netherlands | comments closed

Does anybody have 99.000 euro (excl. VAT) for me?
The Tesla Roadster is finally coming to Europe!

This is _the_ ultimate car: fast (0-100 km/h in 3,9 s), environmentally friendly (electric engine, no CO2 emissions), and it’s a roadster (more driving fun). The future of automobiles is here.
I want one.

Website Update 2008

On 31 January 2008 from Reuver, Netherlands | comments closed

I have been using a website traffic counter since one of the first websites I created in 1998. Over the years the company providing the counter has changed its name from Nedstat to Webstats4u to Motigo. The last name change also brought about a change in advertising: the horrible pop-under appeared. Since that really annoyed me in South America and I got complaints from site visitors as well, I decided to remove the counter with almost 10 years of history, and go with Google Analytics from now on.

I also brought my website fully up-to-date with the latest open-source scripts [updated 24 May 2008, 15 July 2008, 18 September 2008 & 15 December 2008]:

Traveller IQ Challenge

On 11 November 2007 from Amsterdam, Netherlands | comments closed

Although I have primarily used this blog for my travel stories, I do not want to withold you the following internet game. The Traveller IQ Challenge is a very addictive way of showing your knowledge of this world. And of course it offers the opportunity to compare scores. My personal Traveller IQ is 118, try to beat that!

Routes in Google Maps & Website Update

On 30 September 2007 from Amsterdam, Netherlands | comments closed

To allow an accurate display of my routes in Google Maps, I modified the Gallery 2 Google Maps Plugin to allow the display of KMZ files in my photo gallery. For two albums it is now possible to view the route I traversed:

I also brought my website fully up-to-date with the latest open-source scripts [updated 28 October 2007 & 25 November 2007]:

Photo Albums in Google Maps

On 30 June 2007 from Reuver, Netherlands | comments closed

In line with my previous post where I created a Google Earth map of my travels Down Under, I now installed the Gallery 2 Google Maps Plugin. This plugin can display the location of an album or photo in my photo gallery.

This weekend I tagged each existing album with the most befitting location. Go check out my Google Map.

Of course I would like to have the GPS coordinates of each photo that I take. To accomplish this, I just ordered the Qstarz BT-Q1000, a travel recorder that can log the GPS coordinates of my photos. And I can use it as a regular GPS receiver to navigate with my Nokia N73.

Website Update 2007

On 14 April 2007 from Amsterdam, Netherlands | comments closed

Almost a year has passed since the last major website update, and now the time has come to compare the script version numbers. Actually I think I have upgraded the technical side of my website more often in the past year than the content side. Not a good thing, but then again there has not happened a lot in the last year outside of the work arena. At least the website still contains all my online photos, from France in 1997 via Australia in 2004 to Ukraine in 2006. The same goes for my travel stories: from Canada in 2001 via Australia in 2004 to Ukraine in 2006, it is all there. And new technologies make it easier than ever to publish new stories and upload new photos. Time is the real bottleneck now. But it is certain that website is never really finished, there can always be more content, as well as technical and visual improvements.

So here we go now, the current state of technology [updated 18 May 2007 & 22 June 2007]:

Website Update 2006

On 24 April 2006 from Reuver, Netherlands | comments closed

The last widely published update of claessen.ca dates back to June 2002, almost 4 years ago! In the meantime I have also created “oz.claessen.ca: Guido’s Down Under Experiences” for my trip to Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. This site consisted basically of a blog (pMachine) and photo gallery (Gallery). This is the way to go, as static websites are just too inconvenient to update. But it also caused my website to become split in my ordinary website (static & photo gallery) and my Down Under website (blog & photo gallery). This became even worse when I started to test Gallery2 (the ultimate photo gallery script), and uploaded new photos there.

So here we go now, a brand new website, based on the following scripts:

These version numbers are the current state of web technology. It will be interesting to see how things develop from now on. In my opinion open source technologies have really matured, resulting in less frequent releases with more new features that have been tested more thoroughly. Gallery for sure has come a long way since I discovered it in 2001.