The Best of Downloadable Travel Guides

Where to get travel advice.

Planning a holiday? Thought not. But just in case you are thinking of fleeing the British island paradise for a while, take a look at our short list of podcasts designed to do all the boring planning parts of travelling for you like locating great hotles and where to get a good beer on a Monday evening in downtown LA.

City Guides – an occasional series from the Guardian. There are city guides to Athens, Rome, Marseille and Granada. Highlights of the personal tours include Ian Rankin on Edinburgh and Roger McGough on Liverpool. Business trip guides currently include London, Paris, Geneva and New York. This is a fine set of guides which gives you an immediate feel for the locations covered.

2. Lonely Planet TV – YouTube for travellers. You can find everything and anything here. The videos are personal and vivid and may just introduce you to somewhere you’ve never heard of before. Videos are organised into six channels. Bluelist is a series of videos recommending specific destinations while Travel Tales is an eclectic mix of on the road stories.

3. Rough Guide iToors – Rough Guides has a series of involving city guides. Find out about Mozart in Prague, Hemingway in Paris and literary London. The Rough Guide also offer monthly podcast offers news from the latest publications, interviews with authors, travel tips and ideas.

4. The Independent Traveller – video guides to 48 hours in Fez and Leon, a feature on the future of flying, and a journey through the Lake District. Simon Calder’s delivery may not be to everyone’s taste but his enthusiasm for the places he covers cannot be doubted. If you would just prefer to listen the Travel Editor of the Independent also offers audio guides to everywhere from Singapore to Lapland.

5. New York Times – short video guides on everything from bull wrestling in India to hiking Nicaragua’s volcanoes. There are also lots of guides to US cities and tips on budget travel. The 36 hours in series of videos are helpful for those making city breaks.