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To guidebook or not to guidebook?

The other night my friend Taylor was telling me that there was some lonely planet book that I had to get for my trip.

“At night in the hostel, you hang out in the dorm and it seemed like everyone was breaking out their book, comparing notes and giving each other tips. You’ve got to have one.”
Now, for the most part I agree. LP does awesome stuff, and I’ve thought about whether or no I should have one. However, something I ponder with this trip is going “guidebookless”.
Why? Well, it ties back more to me doing this trip for/through BootsnAll. There’s a question I want to answer: What do I need a guidebook for, when I have the BootsnAll Community? Between the boards and the articles and the insiders, do I need a guidebook?