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The Complete Travel Detective Bible: The Consummate Insider Tells You What You Need to Know in an Increasingly Complex World Paperback – October 2, 2007

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About the Author

Peter Greenberg is the travel editor for NBC's Today show and America Online. Considered the nation's preeminent expert on travel, he is the author of The Travel Detective, Hotel Secrets from the Travel Detective, The Traveler's Diet, and The Travel Detective Flight Crew Confidential. He is also contributing editor for Men's Health and Best Life, and his national weekly radio show is syndicated live across the U.S. on 130 stations and XM satellite radio. In those rare moments when he is not traveling, he lives in Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594867089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594867088
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the CEO of a large Travel Insurance company and concierge companies we take care of 6,000,000 travelers each year. As such we are involved in helping people all over the world with medical and emergency travel problems as well as just general concierge questions. This book is perhaps the most insightful travel publication published. It is factual and practical This man travels more than his readers ever will. He knows travel, knows the pitfalls and anticipates the moves he needs to orchestrate his travel. We will use it as a reference for our Emergency Travel Representatives and our Concierge staff.

The title is appropriate as it is truly a bible for travelers. If more people read it and use it as a reference both before and during their trip, they would find their travels to be uninterrupted by travel problems A modest investment for people who want to travel trouble free. I would recommend this book for all travelers, both leisure and business.

John M. Noel
Noel Group
MobileCierge
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By HTK on November 15, 2007
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After about 10 minutes, this book helped me get a better deal on airfare to Paris.
I'm giving to several friends who travel a great deal for work, but are enjoying it less.
There are enough suggestions here to keep me happier traveling for the next 10 years.
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This book is just plain fun to read, along with, of course, providing lots & lots of what seems to be current information about every aspect of traveling. The author uses anecdotes to illustrate points, which makes it good even for armchair travelers. At 601 pages not counting the index, there is a huge amount of content here. He covers travel contingencys, options, things I'd never thought of, & provides address's both email & regular mail. His writing style is enjoyable & easy to understand. I highly recommend this book even if you only travel once a year, or just dream of it.
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This isn't really so much a book that you would want to read in its entirety as a collection of data and opinions to scan through. Sections 1-2 are devoted to topics such as airports, frequent filer miles and baggage policies. A novice traveller might find something helpful here. But most travellers will find very little that they don't already know.

Sections 3-5 are focused on various forms of "speciality travel" such as pet travel, biking and culinary travel. If you a have a particular interest in one of the forms of "speciality travel" covered than this might be of interest. But once again the info presented here seemed pretty basic and the sort of the stuff that could be easily found on the internet.

In fact, a few web sites mentioned was the only aspect of the book that I found useful at all. Perhaps most of the credit here should go to Sarika Chawla who Greenberg says is his information researcher. On the other hand Greenberg has a rather grumpy style of writing and a tendency to go off on rants which I found unpleasant. I didn't enjoy reading it and there just wasn't enough useful information to make this worthy of of a recommendation.
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Chock full of information but for the frequent traveler, nothing ground breaking in it. A lot of the back chapters are geared towards niche demographic groups (seniors, gay/lesbian, etc.) and so you'll just flip through a lot of it. He lists a ton of different links for useful websites throughout the book but it would be helpful if they were compiled as an appendix in the back of the book.

If you're an inexperienced traveler who is going to be doing a lot more travel in the future, this is a good book for you. For the rest, may be overkill/underkill.
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I've been a travel agent for quite a while and this book was written up in our local newspaper travel section as recommended. I wasn't impressed with most of the information included. It was like a reprint of every other travel book out there with nothing that was a revelation. If you use common sense and treat people with dignity, you'll get more from the people that work at hotels, airlines, etc. If you're looking to really save money on rental cars, try Hotwire. For hotels you can bid on them at Priceline and Hotwire and get a better deal than even we agents can usually get. I'd pass on this and just read internet articles instead. You'll save your cash to at least be able to buy one Coke at the airport.
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These two books have been around a while - I originally saw Travel Detective in an earlier edition (pre 9/11) but they have been updated to the current editions. As far as I can tell, the ideas and tips are comprehensive. Easy to read format and entertaining, even if you don't plan to travel anytime soon. Would recommend!
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Peter Greenberg is an experienced writer with over 400,000 airline miles traveled each year. You need this book if you travel even a little. You will save money immediately on rooms, rental cars, restaurants, know how to book a room, what to look for and how to make your trip perfect!!
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