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The Rough Guide First-Time Around The World, 3rd Edition Paperback – February 1, 2010
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One thing to keep in mind, however, is that this book is primarily geared toward young backpackers who want to travel the world on a super tight budget. Also the writer is British and his primary reading audience is European youth, among whom the 1 year RTW (Round the World) trip is almost a rite of passage. But there is also a much smaller but equally adventurous set of young American backpackers for whom the book would be just as useful. Personally, I began travelling on the cheap at age 18. But at the ripe old age of 37 I'm more inclined towards mid-range international travel. So sometimes I felt the writer's numerous suggestions on how to scrape by on pennies weren't 100% relevant. But at age 21 I would have loved his advice. Plus I'm so frugal by nature that I still kinda like it.
Overall it's hard to imagine a better book for the young backpacker or really anyway wanting to make a RTW trip.Highly recommended!
However, I personally was a bit disappointed with this second edition because there didn't seem to be enough new material to justify my purchase. Also I noticed some faults to the book that I didn't recognize the first time. For example, the country profiles are way too short and lacking enough useful information to help readers determine which places would be the most interesting to visit. Also some of the pricing info in this section seems to be misleading. It states, for example, that Thailand falls into the mid-range category for prices, costing from $35-$50 daily. But then I later noticed that Costa Rica is listed as costing only $10-$25 a day. Most experienced travellers would agree that travelling in Costa Rica on $10 a day is not a very realistic budget and that it is, in fact, a more expensive destination than Thailand. So I would caution readers to not rely too much on this book for pricing information while planning a trip.
This is probably still worth buying for those that don't own the first edition. But if and when a third edition is published I hope some substantial improvements are made.
This is a comprehensive overview. It's not a detailed manual with exact specs for anything in particular. This book is for setting the stage, and giving you the tools to plan out what you want to do - there are copious links to internet and offline resources. It will steer you away from the common mistakes - too much stuff, too many kilometers, too shallow an expereince. Most importantly, it sets a tone for why people do this, and raises the bar for this expereince. Lansky is all about getting off the tourist trail and getting deep into a new place. This book will help you do it safely and respectfully.
Those who have been disappointed by this book probably are more seasoned travelers. If you've already backpacked around germany for a month, this book might not be for you. But if independent traveling is a new adventure for you, this book may have a lot to offer. I for one am glad I bought it and found it very useful.
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Overall, this book has a heap of good insights from numerous travelers, with examples of different experiences and applied knowledge from experienced travelers. Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Jeff Commissaris
i love how this book is laid out. its well organized in a way i can read it. i actually prefer it to lonely planet... i enjoy the fact they use a little color. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by ted
While there is a lot of interesting information in this guide, it is definitely geared to young people who plan to take a year or more to travel. Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by Bleecker
The book gave a very good overview on RTW travel. It made the travel idea and planning idea for me seem more real and that yes, i can do this EASILY. Read morePublished on July 14, 2011 by KVB
Filled with practical advice for a first time around the world traveler. I bought the 1st edition and have been dreaming of the day when I could make this trip a reality. Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by Sandy
Great book. Even though this is the first edition, it still has all the info you need. I would suggest this to anyone that is going to plan a trip to another country.Published on December 8, 2010 by Pip
Good Book - for beginner travelers only. While looking at this book I didn't realize that it would go into such detail as to remembering to pack travel... Read more