- Paperback: 518 pages
- Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press; 3rd edition (November 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0897323416
- ISBN-13: 978-0897323413
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,937,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Traveler's Tool Kit: How to Travel Absolutely Anywhere! Paperback – November, 2000
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"Traveler's Tool Kit opens the door of international travel to millions who have been stumped by language problems, tight budgets or fear of the unknown." -- Bob Sehlinger, creator of the Unofficial Guide Series
Travelers Tool Kit, which I will keep in my travel library, contains useful travel Web addresses and phone numbers and other sorts of listings. -- Philadelphia Inquirer, December 24, 2000
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But some sections need updating. I would recommend this book for a general back ground of traveling but would also recommend purchasing a newer book for current data.
If you are just thinking of traveling in the world or have already been bitten by the bug, I highly recommend this great resource as an aid for your travel plans.
Something for everyone ... the quintessential traveler's resource!
While the early chapters cover topics like "choosing a guidebook" and "choosing luggage" are very long-winded, especially for those with even the most basic travel experience, they are perfect for scared-stiff first-time travelers. Those not scared stiff and sweating with travel fever certainly will after reading Chapter 8, Keeping Healthy, as the author covers all the various fungal infections and parasites that you may join you during your adventure. Even though the author is very verbose, all of the text is filled with travel gems of knowledge like this one from the scary Keeping Healthy chapter:
"If your feet will be constantly wet, as they might be during an extended trek in Amazonia, coat them with Vaseline to ward off jungle rot. Sounds messy but it works."
There are more "uplifting" gems as well, like this one from "Traveling By Bus":
"Some trips combine spectacular scenery with luxury. The air-conditioned Scania superbus that cruises 1,200 miles from Santiago to Arica, Chile, has a bar, a bathroom, three movie screens, and a smiling hostess. As the sleek bus hums across the moonscape of the Atacama Desert, you spy huge boulders balanced on barren mountainsides... As heat waves shimmer outside the window, cool air breezes across your face and the hostess set an ice-cold beer at your elbow. At night, your seat reclines to nearly horizontal, a leg rest pops out, and you're in bed. All that for about $40."
Other travel gems provide advice for avoiding travel rip-offs and scams. The Traveler's Took Kit is an EXTREMLEY great value packed with sage travel advice.