I know this is sacrilege to ask. I leave for RS Berlin, Prague & Vienna tour and places beyond in 2 weeks. RS Tours send me a city guidebook for each city -- 3 books, 1 pound each = 3 pounds worth of books. For the past two tours, I ripped out pages from the guide books to take, hauled them to Europe and never looked at them nor have the guides referred to them. Since these are city books, they don't tear up as easily, too much detail in too many pages.
I really don't want to take the added weight of guide books or pages. I need to cut a few more pounds from my carryon and tote so I can easily lift luggage overhead or haul it up stairs. I already cut my camera, extra shoes, 1/4 of the clothes I usually take from my packing list. Drugs and supplies are diminishing weight as the trip moves along, to be filled with a few souvenirs.
I read the books (pertinent info), downloaded the RS Audio app, listened to the walks and talks, have sightseeing for the tour and independent travel plus hotels and restaurant ideas bookmarked in Google Maps and researched much on websites. I actually like wandering around since I'm lost half of the time anyway. The RS website and internet are available when I have WiFi or want to pay for data. Is there any good reason I want to haul the extra weight around?
Thanks for your advice and opinions.