With the ongoing feud between Israel and Palestine, knowing where one territory ends and the other begins isn't the easiest of tasks. Also, with the difficulties experienced to gain access to Palestine, producing a travel guide may not be the most evident of tasks; however, Bradt Guides has taken it upon itself to publish a guide for intrepid travellers heading to Palestine.
Not only does treating Palestine as a destination in its own right (as opposed to an 'Occupied territory of Israel') open a door to the culture and traditions making up its unique identity, but it also helps in making travel to Palestine less daunting than it currently seems to outsiders.
Like other Bradt guides, the information is arranged into 11 chapters detailing culture and traditions, history, politics, useful information on how to plan your trip, as well as detailed information about each of Palestine's main neighbourhoods. Although Bradt's decision to publish a guidebook on Palestine is seen as a politically-engaged move, for the publisher, printing a guidebook on such an isolated destination is also a way of helping the local population by encouraging tourism in the region via the extra visibility - without politics being the focal point for once.
A much-needed guide to a relatively unknown destination and a much-needed move from a respected publisher within the travel industry. Bradt's guide to Palestine has played a key role in us also creating a page for the destination on Easyvoyage in support for the local Palestinian population by treating their country as a destination in its own right.
Average price: £15.99