Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door 2017

Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door 2017

by Rick Steves

Paperback(2017 Edition)

$24.99

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631214332
Publisher: Avalon Publishing
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Series: Rick Steves' Travel Guides Series
Edition description: 2017 Edition
Pages: 848
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Since 1973, Rick has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 20,000 travelers to Europe annually. He does all of this with the help of a hardworking, well-traveled staff of 100 at Rick Steves' Europe in Edmonds, Washington, near Seattle. When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his partner Trish, son Andy, and daughter Jackie.

Table of Contents

Preface 10

Introduction 13

About This Book 14

Stoke You Travel Dreams 15

Making the Most of Your Trip 18

Rick Steves' Back Doer Travel Philosophy 22

Travel Skills 23

Budgeting & Planning 24

Affording Your Trip 24

Researching Your Trip 30

Creating an Itinerary 41

Prioritizing Your Time 60

Paper Chase 64

Travel Documents 64

Travel Insurance 69

Before You Go 75

Pack Light 78

One Bag-That's It 78

Packing 101 82

Flying 97

Booking Your Flight 97

Flying to Europe 105

Flying within Europe 110

Trains, Buses & Boats 116

Train Tickets and Passes 118

Train Stations 137

On the ham 144

Buses 150

Ferries 153

Driving & Navigating 156

Renting a Car 156

Behind the European Wheel 172

Money 185

Money Strategies 185

Cash 188

Credit Cards 197

Tipping 201

Sleeping 202

Finding and Reserving Rooms 205

Guesthouse: and Hotels 218

Short-Term Rentals 236

Hostels 243

Crashing with Locals for Free 249

Camping European Style 254

Eating 259

Breakfast Basins 259

Restaurants 262

Europe's Café Scene 277

Budget and On-the-Go Options 280

Panics, Markets, and Supermarkets 284

Food Experiences 290

Staying Connected 293

Using a Mobile Device in Europe 293

Untethered Travel: Public Phones and Computers 305

Internet Security on the Road 306

Getting Around in Cities 310

Maps and Navigation Tools 310

Public Transportation 312

Taxis and Ride Sharing 320

Sightseeing 324

Getting Oriented 324

Tours 326

Sightseeing Strategies 330

Visiting Sights Smartly 336

Becoming a Temporary European 347

Outdoor Adventure 354

Hiking and Walking 354

Biking 358

More Activities 362

Shopping 367

Where to Shop 367

Shopping Tips 368

VAT Refunds, Customs, and Shipping 374

Theft & Scams 381

Pickpocketing and Theft 381

Scams and Rip-Oft 387

Losing It All… and Bouncing Back 391

Hurdling the Language Barrier 397

Communicating with Locals 400

European Gestures 411

Health & Hygiene 414

Staying Healthy 414

Laundry 426

European Bathrooms 430

Photography & Sharing Your Trip 437

Travel Photography 437

Sharing Your Trip 444

Travel Styles 450

Traveling Solo 450

Family Travel 458

Savvy Seniors 477

Travelers with Disabilities 481

Bus Tours & Cruises 490

Touring Europe by Bus 490

Cruising in Europe 496

Perspectives 504

Broadening Your Perspective Through Travel 504

Understanding the European Union 510

European Challenges 513

Socially Responsible and Educational Travel 523

Back Doors 531

Traveling Through the Back Door 532

Italy 535

France 562

Spain 581

Portugal 599

Great Britain 612

Ireland 633

Scandinavia 646

The Netherlands 663

Belgium 677

Germany 686

Switzerland 702

Austria 713

Czech Republic 724

Poland 735

Hungary 746

Slovenia 755

Croatia 765

Greece 775

Books, Films & TV for Travelers 788

Index 815

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of helpful information. I am a great fan of Rick Steeves. Saw him speak publicly. Anyone who can live out of his backpack for 4 months out of the year traveling around has definitely acquired some know-how. I love his shows on Public Television.