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Backpackers & Flashpackers in Western Europe: 500 Hostels in 100 Cities in 25 Countries Paperback – December 15, 2012
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About the Author
American ex-pat Hardie Karges took his first extended international trip at the age of twenty-one in 1975 and traveled to his first ten countries within two years, all for less than two thousand dollars. Thus began a way of life that has taken him to some 150 countries (and counting), living and working in a dozen of them, learning several languages and trading in folk art and cottage industry products. He also published poetry and wrote several blogs, before finally deciding to write about what he knows best—travel. His first book, “Hypertravel: 100 Countries in 2 Years,” was published in 2012. The full set of “Backpackers & Flashpackers” is projected to include six volumes and be completed by the end of 2013.
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I make no pretense of being as widely familiar with most of the places - even the regions covered in this guide book (nor his companion works), but I have done a small bit of wandering and can honestly say that there were more than a few nights when the information contained herein would have changed my head from desperately looking for a warm, dry and safe to feeling confidently at home.
I must confess that I have know the author out there, having met him in a wonderfully great hostel in Cairo several years ago. In person he is the friend you need for information about almost anything a wanderer could wish. The knowledge he shares with you hints at what a wise and knowledgeable he is in real life. (Look for all his books.)
With wit he lays on you the basics needed to find shelter - you could use the book (or, better yet in this digital age, a weightless, e-guide) to prepare yourself for the next city. Or an entire adventure, securely aware of the housing that will be available far in advance.
If you are reading this in a distant outpost, unfamiliar with the local language, knowing no one, buy the book! Your purchase is an instant source of possibilities, a compendium of opportunities. And if you are stuck at home, filled with the wanderlust so many of us have, what a boon to planning your getaway.
As one who has spent time I could so much better have spent enjoying myself exploring a new destination rather thang increasingly growing more anxious about my prospects I gladly vouch for this companion.
The only thing I didn't like was the layout of the information. Instead of describing each hostel by listing all of the details in run-on sentence style, the information would be better presented in a tabular format.
Hardie's tips on cell phones will save money and many headaches trying to figure out the best way to stay connected while traveling.
Hypertravel: 100 Countries in 2 Years