Pre-WORLD TRIP #6

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWelcome to Pre-World Trip Wednesday post number six. To get in the mood I had a dinner of crusty bread dipped in Extra Virgin Olive Oil with slices of Swiss cheese and a glass (or two) of wine from the Bordeaux region of Southern France. Ok, I can’t lie, but most of that sentence was true. The wine was actually a cheap Malbec from Argentina but lets just pretend it came from Europe.

Today’s post will be short but hopefully useful for anyone thinking of traveling to Europe as it will cover trip resources. I’ve used Lonely Planet and Rough Guides for previous travels but if you’re an American heading to Europe it’s hard not to be drawn to Rick Steves guide books like a moth to light. He has spent the last thirty summers traveling around Europe and with Rick Steves help even a rookie can make his maiden voyage more efficient and enjoyable. What I have found most appealing has been his focus on using small, locally owned restaurants and accommodations along with traveling lightly, just one carry-on pack for three months travel. I’ve always enjoyed Rick Steves television programs on PBS but until reading some of his guide books I thought his focus was on the bus tour crowd. That was incorrect. Two of his books, “Europe through the Back Door” and “Best of Europe” are great for anyone who wants to see Europe on their own.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Europe through the Back Door” gives you the nuts and bolts of traveling through Europe with insights on budgeting, packing, transportation, accommodations, etc. He even provides some sample agendas based on your time limits. The other nice feature is it’s updated yearly. “Best of Europe” goes into depth on touring certain key cities along with accommodations and dinning options. Those two books are just the start. You’ll probably want to read some European history and Humanities to better appreciate what you are seeing as it relates to art, music, architecture, religion, etc. He also offers books on the those subjects as well along with travel gear, videos, etc. His website, http://www.ricksteves.com, is a great resource and you can watch his videos on travel, packing, etc. on You Tube. And no I am not getting a commission for this post.

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Other guidebooks and resources:

Lonely Planet http://www.lonelyplanet.com

Rough Guides http://www.roughguides.com

Let’s Go http://www.letsgo.com

Michelin Green Guides http://www.michelintravel.com

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon. Peace and happy travels.

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9 replies

  1. Sounds like a good philosophy, travel light and eat and sleep local. There are still lots of fantastic small local hotels and places to eat in Europe. If you can’t read the menu the plat du jour is always a good value and can be a culinary adventure.

    • Thanks for the insight and advice.

      “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

  2. No no no, to really get in the mood you need to have a breakfast, not dinner, of crusty bread, tomato, olive oil, various meats on the side, and a JUG of loose wine. P.S. enjoy Espana!

    • Gracias – and you’re making me hungry.

      “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

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