Do you guys use guide books for your own travels? I don't. I usually pick my destinations at the last minute with little more information than a fellow backpacker saying, "you should go there." It takes a little more work to find out from the staff and other backpackers what to do and see once I get to the city, but then I have a connection with the staff and other backpackers, which is the whole point.
Do some of you do the same thing, or am I just habitually unprepared?