Travel Roundup: Best Travel Series of the Year, 2008. FEATURE. We select the Little Black Travel Books as our travel guide series of the year. The main reasons for designating these guides as best of the year are their...user friendliness....The chapters in each volume correspond to the geographical areas into which the authors divide the city for the tourist. You can study a range of guides before your actual trip, but this is definitely a commendable candidate for carrying with you on site.