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Tough Times, Great Travels: The Travel Detective's Guide to Hidden Deals, Unadvertised Bargains, and Great Experiences Paperback – March 3, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605296414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605296418
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,587,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

PETER GREENBERG, travel editor for NBC’s Today show, is the preeminent expert on travel and author of The Complete Travel Detective Bible and Don't Go There!, plus several other titles. He is a contributing editor for Men’s Health and Best Life and travel editor at large for AARP, and his national weekly radio show is syndicated on 130 stations and XM satellite radio. When he’s not traveling, he lives in New York City, Los Angeles, and Bangkok.


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Peter Greenberg is America's most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. He is Travel Editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and CBS Sunday Morning, among other broadcast platforms.

Greenberg is also host of the nationally syndicated Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show, broadcast each week from a different remote location around the world. The live, three-hour weekly radio program and a daily short-form travel feature are syndicated by United Stations and are heard on a combined 400+ stations.

An Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, Greenberg is the consummate insider when it comes to reporting the travel business as news. No other journalist brings his extensive level of expertise and experience to the travel process. Travel Weekly named him one of the most influential people in the travel industry, along with Al Gore, Bill Marriott and Richard Branson.

Greenberg was honored with News & Documentary Emmy Award as part of the Dateline NBC team for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story in a news magazine.

He is also a contributing writer to AARP The Magazine, The New Yorker, Parade, AARP.org, Forbes.com, BNET.com, and Bing Travel. He has been a featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Dr. Phil, and Larry King Live.

Greenberg is the author of the New York Times best-selling "Travel Detective" series. His most recent book, New Rules of the Road, offers his expert advice and insight on how to travel efficiently - and well - during tough economic times. His upcoming book, The Best Places for Everything, will be published by Rodale in Spring 2012. Previous titles include the New York Times best-sellers, Don't Go There! and The Complete Travel Detective Bible.

He was the creator, co-executive producer and host of CNBC's acclaimed prime-time specials, "Inside American Airlines: A Week in the Life" and "Cruise Inc: Big Money on the High Seas."

His investigative work culminated in the one-hour NBC Dateline special entitled, "Black Box Mystery: The Crash of the Concorde," revealing for the first time what really happened when the supersonic aircraft crashed outside of Paris in 2000.

An expert in aviation safety and security, Greenberg is creator and co-executive producer of "Secrets of the Black Box," a special series for the History Channel which investigates the world's most tragic aviation disasters. He produces and co-hosts a series of one-hour television specials called "The Royal Tour," which feature personal, one-on-one journeys through various countries with their heads of state, including the President of Mexico, King of Jordan, Prime Minister of New Zealand and President of Peru.

His Web site, PeterGreenberg.com, is one of the premier travel news resources for consumers and industry insiders.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Katie on April 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I find it a little ironic that a book about saving money in an economic downturn was such a waste of money. I would say that 99% of the information in this book was practical and could be found for free on the internet. Senior citizens get discounts? Say what?? Travel in off peak times?? Get out!

The only good thing I got from this book was a couple of websites I hadn't heard of, only one that I still use a month after reading the book and it hasn't really helped my travel planning.

I am planning a year long trip right now (leaving in 4 months!) and this was probably the worst travel book I have purchased in all my time planning. And I have bought a lot!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Craft Fan on April 13, 2009
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We thought we could find some great ideas for travel deals, but this is just mediocre. Anyone with knowledge of searching the internet will get much better value by looking on-line. I'm glad the book was only $10 so I didn't feel that I wasted too much money.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessie J on April 8, 2009
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Tough Times, Great Travels: The Travel Detective's Guide to Hidden Deals, Unadvertised Bargains, and Great Experiences

Peter Greenberg's book gives secrets to the best way to travel in this economy. It covers everything from affordable accommodations to secret travel discounts. It's all about knowing where and when the best time to travel is and this book really guides you. My favorite section is the "One Tank Trips" which is a great guide to mini road trips around the country. Some of my other favorite tips were the free activities in cities, best day to book a hotel room and airline tickets, and best of all avoiding those dreaded luggage check fees. This book is great for solo travel, families, young couples and students, so pretty much everyone. Staying local may be what's most affordable in this economy and "Tough Times, Great Travels" is the key to finding those close but new and exciting spots.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristina R on January 5, 2013
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You can easily find this stuff online...for free. I've enjoyed listening to this guy when he does a tv segment but don't waste your money on this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PatSchafer on November 24, 2012
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I have not read the entire book yet, but have already decided to ship my luggage for my Christmas travel thanks to Mr. Greenberg's idea. Now I won't have to wheel it anywhere! There is nothing so valuable as experience and Peter Greenberg has it down!
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