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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594741778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594741777
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Best Itty-Gritty Guidebook.”—Reader’s Digest

“This book is very small and will make a great travel companion no matter where you go thanks to its practicality and size…Many of the tips will likely be things that never would have popped into your head, but are genius.”—Press-Enterprise

About the Author

Erik Torkells is the editor in chief of Budget Travel magazine, the most trusted travel magazine in the United States. Nearly two million people read every issue. With its emphasis on real travelers, the magazine is the go-to source for anyone interested in smarter, easier, and more affordable travel.

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GREAT BOOK, very well written, and most important and easy read.
L. Niemann
After reading this book I feel like I got the inside information on lots of money and time saving ideas.
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I recently checked this book out from the library in preparation for an overseas trip.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Eric Jain on December 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Contains some good ideas -- most of them related to how and what to pack. Unfortunately the majority of the tips are rather specific (e.g. how to save some money when in a specific town) and don't really seem fitting for a book with general advice. Guess this kind of information would make more sense on a web site, but it's good reading when stuck at an airport.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Caldwell on April 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've traveled all my life, both as an Army wife and then as a leisure traveler, and I only wish this book existed back then!! I've read the book cover to cover, and now, before I travel, I go through it to refresh my memory, as there are too many tips to remember. Some of my favorite tips are: (1)using baggies to put my toiletries, makeup, medicines, etc. for easy viewing and packing, (2) packing a soft over-the-door multi-shoe holder for shoes and the empty pockets are used for toiletries, hair dryer, hairspray, etc., especially in places where storage space is at a premium; and 3)pre-addressing labels for friends and family to make postcard mailing easier. On our recent trip to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, I used the tip of using return labels that I received in the mail for signing guests books or leaving my name and address for sale offers, etc. This book is within my reach at all times. Whether you're new to traveling or a seasoned traveler, this will be your constant companion!!
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Very highly recommended for both the novice and the seasoned traveler alike, "The Smart Traveler's Passport" is a compact, pocket-sized, 244-page compendium offering 399 practical and valuable tips from experienced travelers on everything from locating an appropriate hotel online, to what to pack in a bag small enough to carry on an aircraft, to navigating through airport security with a minimum of frustration. Included are thirteen different uses for Ziploc bags, how dental floss can double as a tape measure, where to find the best street food when in a strange city, how a digital camera can help to find your rental car, how to avoid long lines at popular attractions, and so much more. If you are contemplating a trip anywhere at home or abroad, especially if you are traveling on a budget, then "The Smart Traveler's Passport" will prove to be a welcome and throughly 'user friendly' reference to getting the most out of your trip.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
This pocket-sized traveller's guide contains many ideas for travellers. Though some of the ideas border on the inane, there are some pretty good tips in here, especially for frequent travellers. There are nine chapters that include travel planning, packing, time, safety, etc. I like the presentation of the content, and also the fact that the book is made to look like a real passport...and the tips in here should satisfy most travellers, and hopefully make travelling a more comfortable undertaking in this age of long lines,packed flights and high-security concerns.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Patricia L. Grove on July 22, 2007
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This book is a compilation of reader-submitted tips from the 20 Travel Tips feature in Budget Magazine. A tip of mine appeared in their February 2007 issue, unfortunately I think it was a little too late to be included here. So, yes, I think I'm a little biased, but there are some cool ideas here. It's nicely divided into sections based on all parts of your trip. The safety section is particularly good and important, of course. It does tend to focus more on foreign travel, so if you only take two trips to grandma's house a year, it might not be worthwhile for you. But otherwise, give it a shot!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ginny Bannon on May 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Smart Traveler's Passport allows travel 'newbies' as well as travel veterans to quickly and easily locate user friendly travel tips. The format is great for those who want fast facts without slogging through long paragraphs. The authors have gathered travel tested suggestions from many people and compiled them into an easy to read, helpful book. Ideas range from travelling to another state to trekking across foreign lands. You'll find hints for packing for road trips to finding freebies in London. The chapter headings are well thought out and specific topics easily located. This book is an enjoyable read with plenty of "AH HA!" tips and I found several of the suggestions just plain fun!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gaetano Guttadauro on December 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Hard to find specific tips, as no index nor organizational sequence by topics. Is very random, and while I have found good suggestions from the magazine issues, this is just too random to be of great assistances
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas E. Ludgin on July 24, 2008
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some tips are interesting, but some I've heard before. The book had a difficult time keeping my interest since the entries are so short and unrelated in terms of organization.
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