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Rick Steves' Europe through the Back Door 2011: The Travel Skills Handbook Paperback – Aug 3 2010

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
If you're not a this book! Oct. 27 2010
By Ray T - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are an experienced traveler, this book is probably not for you. If you aren't, the wealth of experience is priceless. I got my copy in 2008 and have since purchased the 2010 and 2011 for friends going abroad for the first time. While you won't agree with everything Rick says (and he is up front about it) he provides you with the practical information to make informed decisions and have a good trip. He covers everything from tipping, to itinerary, to language, to packing, to using public transportation,to scams etc. etc. On my first trip I didn't have this and missed out. However, the info I learned by reading the 2008 books really helped my trips become more successful.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Common Sense Meets Genius Oct. 14 2010
By Joshua J. Mullin - Published on
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Admittedly, I heed by the old rule that you can never trust a man with two first names. I knew nothing of Rick Steves or his wide array of products aimed at making European travel for Americans easier. I was really only looking for one book to give me some suggestions of what to do/buy in Europe, as well as learn a bit about the sneaky people who try to make victims of American tourists. Not only did I get every piece of information I was looking for out of this book, but I got so much more. I read the entire thing from cover to cover the day I got it, and I learned about England, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, and so much more. I even learned about places I wasn't going to visit, like Eastern Europe. I learned about traditions, pitfalls, and even a little bit about European marijuana laws.

This book has it all. If you're looking for ONE book to get you through Europe, make it this one. Nice job, Mr. Steves.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Nuts and bolts advice for first-time Europe traveler Sept. 26 2010
By katupnorth - Published on
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As a first-time traveler to Europe I have found this book very helpful in providing an overview of transportion issues, packing, practical travel tips relating to culture and sightseeing planning, and then a brief overview of primary European destinations and their highlights. This is not a substitute for a detailed guide for a specific destination and if you have traveled to Europe previously (at least in the relatively recent past), I do not believe it would be useful in addition to the specific destination guide.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
classic Rick Steves Sept. 19 2010
By Alicia Rivers - Published on
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I bought this book for my mother-in-law to help her plan her European vacation for her retirement. She loves it! It seemed to have very practical information in it for people who have never been abroad. I love Rick Steves' attitude toward travelling and this book is just as great as his others.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Best for general travel skills Jan. 17 2011
By honeybee2424 - Published on
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This book is excellent for a general overview of travel skills useful in Europe. The book mostly focuses on Europe as a whole but offers some specific country tips throughout as well as in separate country sections in the back of the book. The book covers general information on everything involved in your European trip from planning, packing, purchasing tickets, plane tickets, insurance, train tickets, buses, jet lag, etiquette tips, how to avoid scams, money issues, before you go tips, hotel tips, museum tips, purchasing passes, etc.... all with not only useful and accurate information and commentary but also excellent insider tips. There are also great references to other books and very helpful websites for planning and purchasing tickets, etc before you go. I used this book to travel around Europe and found the tips very useful mostly for planning before we went as well as planning on the trip itself. A definite must for anyone planning a full European trip that has never been to Europe before or just wants numerous insider tips to help them plan an amazing trip.