Lonely Planet Europe (Travel Guide) Kindle Edition
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When a travel guide is advertised for the shoestring traveller, one expects the focus of the book to be on traveling with a small budget. This is hardly the case. There is the occasional aside nod to budget within each chapter, but as far as the places to see/do/eat/sleep, you may as well have purchased a guidebook for each country because there is no low-budget emphasis. I was expecting to see SHOESTRING itineraries for the major cities in Europe.
I mean it's pathetic - in the Britain chapter there's a little box (paraphrased with some snark): "Did you know that you can get young persons railcards if you're 18-25? Makes it cheaper doesn't it?" In a SHOESTRING guide they really ought to provide more details on who is eligible and how to get one!
Lonely planet clearly chopped up all of their Europe guidebooks and shoved them into one (very large and hefty) book and instead of advertising it as such, advertised it as a shoestring guide to, I suppose, compel more people to buy it. I would return this book but the shipping alone would be at least ten dollars because of the heaviness which is %50 of what I paid for the darn thing.
I can see this book being useful for someone who wants a brief overview of each country regardless of budget. But that's what I would have bought if that's what I wanted. I wanted a shoestring guide - now I have a big fat book containing information equal to what I could have accessed on the internet for free. Sigh.
The eBook itself is a lot better laid out than slightly older "... On a Shoestring" eBooks by LP. It has color photos, lots of hyperlinks so I'm able to click around rapidly (from Index to Venice to various things in Venice) - makes it great for armchair exploration. The color photos look awesome on the Kindle Fire. The book also includes Morocco, which may or may not be in Europe.
The content itself is fairly consistent with LP's standards, Thomas Kohnstamm not withstanding. If I were planning a long European adventure, this book would be definitely part of my arsenal of books, along with others and information from online sources (Wikitravel, for instance.)
Lonely Planet also offers PDF maps on their website for other eBooks, but not as of yet for the Europe on a Shoestring eBook. I'm assuming that this is forthcoming, but I'd find myself either printing out lots of copies of maps or relying on the Kindle Fire to view them. If you don't have a Kindle Fire, I'd suggest getting the paperback copy of Lonely Planet Europe (Shoestring Travel Guide) - I quickly deleted off my Kindle Keyboard because it was slow and navigating around was a pain.
I'm of the camp that believes that a paperless travel guide is like a paperless toilet - not something I want to really do.Read more ›
I do like the fact the addresses and telephone numbers of museums, hotels and restaurants are listed with the price range, hours of operation etc. And the most recommended places to sleep, eat or tour. I enjoy the group of itineraries listed with routes in the event you need some guidance on where to visit and what to see. This guide is pretty good and could be a 5 star guide if the maps were readable.
I've studied abroad twice and also went on a 10-country EuroTrip. This book was my Travel Bible. If I was stuck, confused, lost, tired, lazy, or anything, this book helped me through it.
I'm not a huge fan of travel guides, but this book, if possible, is kind of an anti-travel guide. It tells you when, where, and how to go somewhere. I will never travel abroad again without a Lonely Planet book, and the "-On a Shoestring" series is great for us poor, itinerant travelers.
I actually lost this book while on my trip and bought another one the next day. You won't regret it.
My ONLY complaint about this book is that it is quite thick and takes up a lot of space, but throw out a pair of underwear and pack this instead!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book. My trip wouldn't have been as fantastic without it.Published 17 months ago by Marisa Frank
I got the Lonely Planet SE Asia and loved it. I used it over 4 years living and working in Asia. I had high hopes for the Europe version. Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by Sung Kim
forget about paper, use the GOOGLE recommendations instead, WAY BETTER
SUCKS, big book, useless advices, hard to carry, etc -
Good and many guidance we can use hope anyone who want to go europe can read this nicely...good luck yaPublished on August 30, 2013 by Ayiq Mahmud
Pro: covers the main places, good suggestions and advice for tours and basic things.
Con: Its huge, kind of a pain to lug around. Read more
As someone who enjoys Rick Steves products, I was somewhat hesitant to spend the money on the Lonely Planet Guide for Europe on a Shoestring. This book is fantastic! Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Savannah L. Williamson
I am always on the lookout for travel guides that cover Poland well. This is not one of them. It makes me wonder if the even bothered going anywhere but Krakow.Published on June 14, 2013 by Mad
I love this book - I have traveled to Europe more than 30 times and this book taught me about some of the removed (remote) jewels hidden all over the world. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by James Neglia