The of the following statements is a fact:
a) there’s nothing interesting to see in Gothenburg
b) it hasn’t occurred to anybody to write a travel guide about Gothenburg
c) the deal WH Smith recently struck with Penguin to stock only their travel guides means that, despite their pissing and moaning to the contrary, consumer choice has been drastically reduced
I can say that with some confidence as one of the non-existant travellers that isn’t “time-pressed” according to WH Smith. I always leave it to the airport when I’m going on a two or three night trip, because I’m reasonably confident I’ll find what I’m looking for. Not this morning.
There are two WH Smith stores at Glasgow Prestwick airport, and neither sells a guide to Gothenburg. My only option is to buy DK’s guide to Sweden – 95% of which is irrelevant to me – for an eye-watering £15.99. Sorry, but that really is taking the piss. DK don’t provide a guide to Gothenburg, but neither to Rough Guides or any of Penguin’s other travel brands. To be fair there are only a couple of Gothenburg guides kicking about, but six months ago there was a good chance an airport flying there would have stocked them. I don’t even have the option of a cheap Berlitz pocket Guide to Sweden for under a fiver.
I’ve turned to the iPhone and am trying out a combination of apps to see me through – WorldNomad’s Swedish guide in yet another vain bid not sound be completely ignorant, and Tripwolf which lets you customise your own guides. Sorry WH Smith, but you’ve got it dead wrong.
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