Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2012: The Travel Skills Handbook

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Avalon Travel Publishing, Aug 23, 2011 - Travel - 828 pages
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling through Europe, including how to:

Plan your itinerary and maximize your time
Pack light—and right
Find good-value hotels and restaurants
Travel smoothly by train, bus, car, and plane
Avoid crowds and tourist scams
Hurdle the language barrier
Understand cultural differences and connect with locals
Save money while enjoying the trip of a lifetime

After 30 years of exploring Europe, Rick considers this travel skills handbook his life’s work. He shares his favorite off-the-beaten-path towns, trails, and natural wonders. With this guidebook, you’ll experience the culture like a local, spend less money, and have more fun.

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Review: Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2007: The Travel Skills Handbook

User Review  - Wench - Goodreads

As annoying as I find Rick Steves on a personal level, his travel advice is generally spot on. This is the book that taught me how to pack light, stay cheap, eat well, and travel, rather than just be a tourist. Read full review

Review: Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2007: The Travel Skills Handbook

User Review  - Trish - Goodreads

This is a great book to use when traveling. Just make sure to get the newest edition. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and a podcast (Rick Steves' Audio Europe); writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website (ricksteves.com). With the help of his hardworking staff of 70 at Europe Through the Back Door—in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle—Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans.

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