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Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2013: The Travel Skills Handbook Paperback – August 28, 2012
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If you go to Europe and say once "It's not the way I have it at home", then don't read this book unless you're ready to change your attitude. If you raise your voice louder and continue to speak English, then stay home and don't read this book. If you want the adventure of traveling to Europe and immersing yourself in the culture and people, way of life, and past, then read this book, buy your plane tickets, and get going. All the tools you'll want are in this book. You just add the adventure. Be brave.
This is the best story telling instruction book I've read in a long time. Rick gives you all you'll need to get off anywhere in Europe and be able to survive and enjoy. He'll encourage you to free your mind, talk in bad local language with a smile, change money, ride the train, order dinner at the local eatery, and how to just enjoy the life you're experiencing. Remember you go there because it's different from where you live.
There is so much information for the traveler here that it's hard to grab 1 or 2 ideas and discuss them. The one thing that stands out is that you'll approach your trip to Europe from a totally different angle after reading this book.
Rick, we go in 10 days, and thanks for the help.....
ETBD starts with 400+ pages full of practical travel advice centering around planning, packing, sleeping, eating, getting around, etc. that is absolutely essential for beginning travelers, and is surprisingly useful even for more experienced travelers. Getting the details right is often the difference between a disappointing and a great vacation, and in many cases "less is more" when it comes to travel success. Steves packs a lot of information into this section, but his writing style is clear and conversational, making it a joy to read (especially if you're used to the usual dry presentation of "practical information" found at the start of most guide books).Read more ›
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I just finished reading this book. I made notes along the way and since I downloaded it to my Kindle I also Bookmarked the pages I want to go back to. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lanet F Duncan
Going to Europe? Get this book! Loaded with insider information and solid suggestions. I read selective chapters 2-3 times each before going on a river cruise last summer and it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Stehno
I bought this with the Rick Steve's Best Of Europe guidebook, and it turned out I only needed the Best Of. This duplicates a lot of the same tips without being quite as useful. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Emily
See Spain review by yours truly; this included Germany, which we visited.Published 9 months ago by J. S. T.
An awful lot to digest that certainly a handy tool. I think it would be much more useful if it had tabsPublished 10 months ago by Viking Palm Beach