Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2005
Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2009 is the definitive guidebook for an affordable and unforgettable trip to Europe. Covering all the essentials and morefrom packing to transportation to foreign currencyRick’s tips allow travelers to become temporary Europeans,” saving them time and money along the way. Rick also includes his personal favorites, or back doors...more
This book has me doing a James Brown dance. Much of Rick Steve's advice for Americans traveling in Europe would be just as useful for folks traveling across the USA. For instance:
1) Travel light.
No, we do not need to bring every electronic toy that we own. And no, we do not need to pack a change of clothes for every day of our trip. Every single thing we bring with us will interfere with our ability to perceive the people, place and events that we paid good money to go expe...more
I wish I had read this before I had booked a flight and hotels; there is a lot of information here on how to save money on accomodations and flights. I'm glad I read the book before I packed - I've scaled down my luggage for a two week trip to a single carryon ba...more
Oscar Wild's description of a cynic is a person who knows the price of everything but the value of none.By this description Rick Steves is a cynic.He tells people how to save money on a pointless trip because he has not give a clue why they should go.
The default position during PB...more
Con - Sadly, Steves has recently felt the need to inject his liberal political o...more
This is about traveling like a European... staying in small locally-owned and run inns, guesthouses, and even private homes. It is much less expensive and much more authentic than staying at the Best Western.
This book introduces Rick Steves style of traveling like a temporary European. He also has separate guid...more
He has trip plans for the number of days you plan to stay - for every attraction he tells you how long you should expect it to take. He tells you exactly where the highlights of a museum are located so you can skip the stuff you don't want to see. Around every attraction, he lists a perfect place to grab lunch or a cup of coffee. He suggests great places to stay...more
Part 2 of the book has some really interesting cities that people should check out that aren't high on everyone's touri...more
This is one of them.
I first read "EUROPE THROUGH THE BACK DOOR" over two decades ago, when it was still in its infancy, and it taught/reaffirmed a way of traveling and appreciating travel that I still embrace to this day.
There has already been much praise for this book, so I won't repeat it here. I'll just add that I actually REREAD this book every few years or so, just for the pure enjoyment.
It's that good.
We met Rick Steves when he visited the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver. You can listen to him talk about Europe Through the Back Door 2008 and Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler here: