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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
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I am a well-seasoned traveler with international experience but will be visiting Paris for the first time this spring...as always I extensively "review" the ins n' outs of visiting any new place and have been reading several travelguides and other literature on the City of Lights. I stumbled across Rick Steve's book and, always hating not to be 'in the know', ordered the book and have just completed it over the holiday. Excellent!! Spot on and filled with valuable information and insights - especially useful for the unseasoned traveler although even for a well-honed visiter to far afields I found some great nuggets of valuable info. One difference is that although I love a bargain I prefer a bit more 'up scale' accomodations and ease than the target audience for Rick but am, like the individuals he is writing for, someone who prefers to go off the travel group grid and plunge into other cultures and places and peoples. The book is especially useful to shed off the Ugly American Tourist practices that all too many traveling folks from the USA bring along on board with their checked baggage (I've seen the UATs myself and it ain't purdy). I would make this mandatory reading for those delving into travel abroad if I could!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
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I own several Rick Steves' guidebooks, but I have to say this has to be the most complete in-depth book I've read of his. After reading this, I felt as though I can get through any issue or problem while over in Europe and not be so stressed out, knowing I could simply refer back to this book when I needed to. Its loaded with information on what you should do before your trip as well, which will make your journey less stressful once you arrive there.

I've been to Europe once before, but I only stayed in one country, but this time I plan to visit for several months and travel throughout Europe and that's where this book shines. It will help you with all your questions on all the modes of transportation and all the differences of the region.

If you're going to Europe, this is one thing you need to pack or download on your kindle.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
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I blew through this book, dog-earring, underlining and marking pages. Rick Steves' book (which is actually written by more than just Rick Steves-he has a staff of travel aficionados working with him) is witty and really easy and fun to read. I just sat down and read it for hours at a time, because it was so incredibly fascinating. I think it is really beneficial for a first-time traveler wanting to go to Europe--it addresses many of the worries I had easily and simply. There is no fuss. Even though there is a ton of information, it is nearly all useful, relevant and easy to digest for future use. I also got quite a few laughs (and not only from the hilariously unfortunate title)-it is written with great voice.

There are tips on where to go, what to eat, how to avoid scams, exactly what to do if your credit card is stolen or lost (including phone numbers for Visa, Mastercard, etc.), how to check into the train, tips on insurance and healthcare, which Eurail pass to choose (it gives you all the options so that you can decide which is best for your needs), how to find a good public toilet, how to rent a car or a bike-the list goes on.

The book is over 700 pages, yet it is super lightweight, so it is easily packable. It is completely worth the money and so much more! I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone. The people at Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door really know what they are talking about, and are eager to share their knowledge. The great part is that it has all been discovered through trial and error and real-life experience.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2012
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I'm so glad I purchased this handbook.....I've been reading several books on
travelling in Europe and they all have given me a greater understanding of
what to expect......but Rick's book really puts the icing on the travel cake...
Thanks for sharing your wisdom.....can't wait to go!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2013
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It seems the information is good very seems practical but the format is almost unusable in this format during an actual trip. Great for reviewing before a trip and taking the info you need out of it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2012
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I found the book to be tremendous help in many areas. Great suggestions about places to see. Many things to be careful about. Packing lightly. Suggestions on visits to locations and side trip suggestions all were excellent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
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This book offers pretty basic TRAVEL info and and intro into the European countries. It's an excellent book and tips and tricks to help navigate overseas and provides information from ATMs/banking in Europe to safety while you travel. This isn't a book with all the nitty-gritty on a country and where to stay/eat/go/shop, etc, but a basic overview for travel. It's a great supplement when purchased alongside your other travel books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
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I would recommend it to people who want a good general intro to Europe and also those who prefer reading books to just googling online. Something not as quickly accessible online is specific accommodation info and info on currency and customs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2013
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Always wanted to travel to Europe, but on my time, not on a tour guide's time. I didn't know where to begin, but friends recommended Rick Steve's travel series, and this was the book we used the most. We traveled as a family of 4 and had a blast. Trains, planes, buses, taxis, bicycles, you name it we did it. Stayed in vacation rentals, B&B, hotels, all the while taking note of the golden nuggets of advice in this book. Can't thank Rick Steve's and his crew enough for a wonderful and safe vacation. We plan to do it again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2013
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If your goal is to travel on the cheap, go to where the crowds do not go, and still have a charming visit then this is the book for you. The book breaks down everything necessary fro traveling. Camping, hostels, hotels are described. Proper as well as improper social etiquettes are discussed for all places. What to expect from restrooms, restaurants, hotels and guides. Places to go that most people do not know about. I liked it so much I gave a copy to a neighbor who was timid about taking his first trip to Europe.
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