It is a common sight to see Western backpackers in Southeast Asia armed with their Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring guide books. For many, it is like the Holy Book and they are devout followers of it. They won’t stay at any guesthouse or hotel without first consulting their Lonely Planet. They will only eat at Lonely Planet recommended restaurants. They will only go to Lonely Planet recommended sights. They will follow Lonely Planet recommended itineraries, and so on. Doing anything not mentioned in the Lonely Planet truly makes them uncomfortable. And god forbid, if their Lonely Planet is lost, then they would be lost too! Indeed, Lonely Planet has taken the fun out of backpacking, i.e. exploring a new place.