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The Rough Guide to First-Time Europe 7

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  71 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
You can get to Europe, even travel around it, without help. But without a little pre-trip planning, you'll make mistakes - wasting both time and money. This book won't tell you where to go, but it will give you the tools to custom design the best possible journey for your time frame and budget. There are some things, such as rail passes, volunteer projects or cooking cours ...more
Paperback, 415 pages
Published March 5th 2007 by Rough Guides (first published April 28th 2005)
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Mallory McClenathen
I reread this book in advance of a trip I'm taking next year. It's divided into two parts - the first provides planning tips and tricks while the second gives an overview of each country you could visit.

While I recognize that the book was published several years ago, most of the planning sections still seemed like common sense to me. I did enjoy the second half overview of each country, but if that's the info the reader is looking for, they'd be better served to buy a guide book dedicated to cou
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good coverage of its subject matter.
This guide was decent, but not great. A lot of the information I thought was common sense. The prices listed were only in euros--I wish they had also been listed in USD so that I could start converting between the two more easily.

Some of the info is already outdated, such as the section on cameras. The guide says the main decision to make is whether to bring film or digital, and the digital camera recommendation is basically a 4-mega pixel without zoom and a 1 GB memory card that costs 165 euro
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Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this edition in store in 2011 when it was half price (£5 instead of £9.99). I was really amazed because of its quality: detailed information, tongue-in-cheek sense of humour and accuracy. I miss in most guides that when they mean Europe, they actually mean some sort of territories which aren't Europe traditionally such as Israel but avoiding Russia or Ukraine. I had to refund some of them. Doug's guide is actually what I expect it to be: a comprehensive and helpful guide to Europe which ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
This was a great overall view of how to travel in Europe and what to see. I did, however, realize that I was not the target audience of this book about the time it had a section on how to convince your parents to pay for your trip. Hmmm. I wonder if that still works for 30-somethings.
While I wasn't all that interested in the sections on how to find a hostel and how to keep your backpack safe, I did appreciate the comparison of rail vs bus tickets and the advice on different ways to travel around
Meri Meri
A few years ago I translated this book for the Niculescu Publishing House. I didn't really enjoy it all that much, it was rather redundant and tried to be realistic and targeted towards young people backpacking and "roughing it", but most of the websites and addresses were wrong, most of the "proposed activities" were not properly researched, plus precious few are available for Romanian tourists. If you ask me, it's a waste of money, because it's neither specific, nor's sort of: So ...more
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was very helpful in preparing me for my two-week, four-country Europe trip. I had only been to London before, and that was with my family -- since I was going to be doing some traveling by myself, I wanted to feel very prepared. It gave some excellent tips on safety, packing, food, transportation, language barriers, and much more. I'm such a worry wart and I am always much better going into situations like this with lots of prior knowledge, and this book very well equipped me for this ...more
It is slightly difficult to review this book prior to visiting Europe. However, I very much enjoyed the layout as it was very easy to navigate. Half of the book is spent on how to plan for the trip, the other half on what to do in the various countries. As a novice traveler, I appreciated the preparation aspects of this book and anticipate them being very useful when I travel.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
When I was planning that post-graduation backpacking trip that never happened. I ended up jumping the pond for other reasons and with trains and planes and rollerskates instead of on foot, still a joyous experience.
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Nov 12, 2009 rated it liked it
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The hip vernacular and section on breaking your travel plans to your parents make it pretty obvious that this guide is aimed at youngsters. But, it still contains some very good information for old fogies like me traveling abroad for the first time.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! It helped a lot at planning our first steps in European journeys. Precise and useful information for any traveller, even the experienced one will find some practical things in it.
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DOUG LANSKY is an American travel writer and keynote speaker based in Sweden. He spent about 10 years traveling the world nonstop, visiting over 100 countries, and has since lived outside the US for an additional 13 years. Doug has contributed to Esquire, Men’s Journal, The Guardian, National Geographic Adventure, Reader’s Digest, COLORS Magazine, PublicRadio, and many others. He has written books ...more
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