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Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring 7th Ed.: 7th Edition [Paperback]

Tom Masters
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Oct. 4 2011 Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring
"Europe is a patchwork of more than 40 compulsively individualistic countries and is a dazzling and spectacular place to explore. Jump in almost anywhere and join the party." - Tom Masters, Lonely Planet Writer Our Promise You can trust our travel information because Lonely Planet authors visit the places we write about, each and every edition. We never accept freebies for positive coverage, and you can rely on us to tell it like we see it. Inside This Book… 37 authors 45 countries 6+ months on the ground research 300+ hours of train travel Inspirational photos Clear, easy-to-use maps In-depth background At-a-glance practical info Comprehensive planning tools Easy-to-read layout

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Tom's first travel memory is long overnight drives down brightly lit French autoroutes to Nice every summer to stay at his grandparents' house. Having convinced his parents to diversify to camping in the Black Forest, and on one occasion even Switzerland, rather than always going back to the same place, he's never looked back. Two decades later he has been to nearly every country on the continent, but can never get enough of anywhere Slavic or Mediterranean. Tom works in London as a freelance writer and can be found online at www.mastersmafia.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read Feb. 23 2013
By Jana
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This is an excellent book for anyone planning their first trip to Europe. Lots of information for transportation, accommodations, and activities
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it April 7 2014
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Great way to better aware yourself with all the going ons of Europe and how to travel cheaply! yay yay
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book May 13 2013
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Interesting tips! Lots of bits of language for different countries, local treasures, maps, and currency information. Lonely planet has the best stuff for traveling!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 23 2014
By jb
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Great Book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT a budget guide. False advertising! April 13 2012
By Mallory - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm really surprised that this hasn't come up in the other reviews.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent guide, but not entirely sold on the e-book concept for travel Dec 29 2011
By Nick - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a Kindle nerd and love it. I think it's flat out amazing. And I'm a fan of Lonely Planet. After some rough points in the last few years, they're back near the top of the pack. I also fly over 100,000 miles a year for fun, so I'd like to think of myself as a slightly experienced traveler. Having said that, I'm not sure I'm sold on the concept of eBooks for travel.

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. Maybe it's just that I've spent a fair number of years with paper guidebooks that I can jot notes in, carry with me independent of worrying about power and share with a fellow traveler after I'm done. That's not to say that this book is worthless - quite the contrary - it's great to have it all in a digital format that won't weigh you down if you need multiple books. It's all going to boil down to personal preference. Either way, you'll have a vast majority of the information you'll need to navigate around Europe on the cheap.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice travel guide for starters March 4 2012
By ocecena - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm planning my first vacations to Europe, and I wanted a guide that covered all the continent so I could read and decide the countries and cities I want to visit. I found this travel guide an excellent source for this matter; it has little but important information about each country and the main cities, at the end it's a book covering the highlights whole Europe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Guide but Maps need improvement June 2 2012
By Skoobdo - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book as a kindle edition to use while in Europe next year. Personally, I think the guide itself is just fine, but the maps are basically unreadable as they only zoom out one level :( I overcame this issue by just purchasing 99 cent kindle downloads of certain city maps from the guides under the publisher "mobileReference, which have guides entitled "Barcelona Sights, Madrid Sights, Athens Sights etc" They even contain the GPS coordinates of every sight referenced.

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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Overall BUT... Nov. 29 2011
By Anthony - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is a good indication of things with some good points, naturally the highlights, but overall, you will need the actual destination books for full information to really get to know the place in depth. Fortunately, the places I went in Europe had great articles and media to help with the missing pieces of the puzzles.
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