- File Size: 283 KB
- Print Length: 74 pages
- Publisher: Tom Summerfield; 1 edition (November 19, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 19, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E0LI8VI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Backpacking Europe: The Everything Guide Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
If you are planning a backpacking trip to Europe, get this book. It will tell you everything you need to know!
I'm planning on backpacking Spain next summer (first backpacking trip ever) and this was the perfect guide to things I should know, plus the extra encouragement. What I really enjoyed about the book is that it's told from a perspective of a traveller who's basically in the same mindset as others who intend to backpack, therefore Tom gives advice about hostels, hitchhiking, couchsurfing, basically how to enjoy Europe with a budget in mind. Plus, the book is meant to serve as a guide, NOT an itinerary, which Tom states quite a few times. The idea is that backpacking leaves room for spontaneity while being able to adjust your schedule to YOUR travel wishes, not repeat step by step what others have already done.
I picked up quite a bit of advice that I would love to share with ya'll, but if you buy this book, then you can read for yourself! I intend to use this book as a reference when it comes to buying my equipment and packing. And I'll definitely re-read this before actually heading out on my trip.
The only downside of this book is that there's no pictures! I received the Kindle version so I'm not sure if it's different than the paperback version, but I wish there could have been some pictures, preferably some that the author himself took. I know I can easily Google anything and everything that's mentioned in the book, but pictures would have been a great aesthetic addition to this well-written book.
With all the encouragement Tom gave me through this book, I'm definitely that much more excited for next summer! Adventure is out there!
If backpacking is something you’ve thought about over and again, but all those travel guides aren’t giving you the information you need, then this may be the book that you’ve been searching for. This book focuses less on telling you where to go and what to do, and more on how to actually do it!
I think that this book serves as a GREAT first-read into dipping your toes into what to plan, expect, and think about if you’re even just lightly considering a backpacking trip. It covers all the basics, both obvious and obscure, that you need to know to get started.
Personally, I’ve read pages on pages on pages of travel guides, travel articles, and travel blogs to arm myself with the knowledge needed to plan a trip. At first, I spent a good while reading up on great cafés, restaurants, hotels, and festivals that are peppered throughout the continent—all good information, but for being a twenty-something adventure seeker on a tight budget, I have good instincts to find fun, but not how to plan and budget it. This is where this book has been a godsend for me. And here’s why:
1.Easy, quick, and enjoyable read.
a.There are other books that I have enjoyed, but for whatever reason—be it the language, formatting, or extensive depth into one topic versus another—they’ve often left me feeling daunted and lethargic.
b.Tom’s book is written in a layman and friendly matter that sounds less technical more like you’re receiving reliable and personal advice from an old friend. It’s an aspect of this book that I particularly enjoyed thoroughly, and I’ve already read it again, bookmarking and highlighting sections for my inevitable future reference.
2.It covers the basics without getting carried away or too extensive.
a.Tom’s writing and content is comprehensive, but succinct. I’m actually surprised by how much I learned in such short chapters.
For example, I personally find the topic of travel insurance to be quite intimidating. Despite the fact that I’ve travel before and have bought travel insurance, and have even had to file a claim before, I just don’t enjoy having to fret over this and have never felt that’s I’ve had a good grasp on this topic. But Tom’s section briefly expresses his thoughts on why you should always have it, and what you should keep in mind for all steps, be it purchasing insurance, or enduring a crisis and having to file a claim or communicate with an agent. If I had read this before my own mishap in Egypt, I would’ve been MUCH better off and would’ve handled the situation better. But for now, I am thankful to have this book as reference.
ii.Meanwhile, all of this information is in only about 3-4 pages of the book. Rather than choosing to arbitrarily list travel insurance agencies, he provides the basic information of what you should be thinking about when browsing. I find the mindset much more useful than an index of services.
3.This book offered great information and ideas that I haven’t stumbled across before.
a.Yes, this books cover the typical itinerary of a backpacking guide: what and how to pack, how to plan accommodations, etc. but it also offered insightful guidance on how to access money while avoiding those dreaded foreign transaction and ATM fees. Tom actually offers information that I want and need to know in order to enhance my trip, such as this mentioned tidbit. Tom’s book has changed my to-do list for my next trip and made me re-think some of my essentials.
I think perhaps what I enjoyed most from this book are Tom’s ideas on how to approach and solve different challenges of traveling. He doesn’t just give you the same run-of-the-mill advice such as “eat out less, find hostels,” etc. Instead, he offers his mindset on how he tackles different situations and concerns (such as what to pack versus how to pack, and his 5 Best Safety Tips).
Honestly, I could explain in more detail of what I’m referring to, but I don’t want to offer too much information from the book. To wrap it up, I think this is a great book to read to get started. I personally find that some of the hardest material to find on this topic is something that just helps you get started into the needed research: what questions should I even have? What should I even be searching for in-depth information about? This book has helped me have a better grasp on what those questions and concerns should be.