Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring

Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring

“Europe is a patchwork of more than 40 compulsively individualistic countries and is a dazzling and spectacular place to explore. Jump in almost anywhere and join the party.” – Tom Masters, Lonely Planet Writer

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3 Responses to “Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring”

  1. Mallory says:
    35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Definitely NOT a budget guide. False advertising!, April 13, 2012
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    Mallory

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    I’m really surprised that this hasn’t come up in the other reviews.

    When a travel guide is advertised for the shoestring traveller, one expects the focus of the book to be on traveling with a small budget. This is hardly the case. There is the occasional aside nod to budget within each chapter, but as far as the places to see/do/eat/sleep, you may as well have purchased a guidebook for each country because there is no low-budget emphasis. I was expecting to see SHOESTRING itineraries for the major cities in Europe.

    I mean it’s pathetic – in the Britain chapter there’s a little box (paraphrased with some snark): “Did you know that you can get young persons railcards if you’re 18-25? Makes it cheaper doesn’t it?” In a SHOESTRING guide they really ought to provide more details on who is eligible and how to get one!

    Lonely planet clearly chopped up all of their Europe guidebooks and shoved them into one (very large and hefty) book and instead of advertising it as such, advertised it as a shoestring guide to, I suppose, compel more people to buy it. I would return this book but the shipping alone would be at least ten dollars because of the heaviness which is %50 of what I paid for the darn thing.

    I can see this book being useful for someone who wants a brief overview of each country regardless of budget. But that’s what I would have bought if that’s what I wanted. I wanted a shoestring guide – now I have a big fat book containing information equal to what I could have accessed on the internet for free. Sigh.

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  2. N. Hawkins "whereishawkins" says:
    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent guide, but not entirely sold on the e-book concept for travel, December 29, 2011
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    N. Hawkins “whereishawkins” (Chicago) –
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    I’m a Kindle nerd and love it. I think it’s flat out amazing. And I’m a fan of Lonely Planet. After some rough points in the last few years, they’re back near the top of the pack. I also fly over 100,000 miles a year for fun, so I’d like to think of myself as a slightly experienced traveler. Having said that, I’m not sure I’m sold on the concept of eBooks for travel.

    The eBook itself is a lot better laid out than slightly older “… On a Shoestring” eBooks by LP. It has color photos, lots of hyperlinks so I’m able to click around rapidly (from Index to Venice to various things in Venice) – makes it great for armchair exploration. The color photos look awesome on the Kindle Fire. The book also includes Morocco, which may or may not be in Europe.

    The content itself is fairly consistent with LP’s standards, Thomas Kohnstamm not withstanding. If I were planning a long European adventure, this book would be definitely part of my arsenal of books, along with others and information from online sources (Wikitravel, for instance.)

    Lonely Planet also offers PDF maps on their website for other eBooks, but not as of yet for the Europe on a Shoestring eBook. I’m assuming that this is forthcoming, but I’d find myself either printing out lots of copies of maps or relying on the Kindle Fire to view them. If you don’t have a Kindle Fire, I’d suggest getting the paperback copy of Lonely Planet Europe (Shoestring Travel Guide) – I quickly deleted off my Kindle Keyboard because it was slow and navigating around was a pain.

    I’m of the camp that believes that a paperless travel guide is like a paperless toilet – not something I want to really do. Maybe it’s just that I’ve spent a fair number of years with paper guidebooks that I can jot notes in, carry with me independent of worrying about power and share with a fellow traveler after I’m done. That’s not to say that this book is worthless – quite the contrary – it’s great to have it all in a digital format that won’t weigh you down if you need multiple books. It’s all going to boil down to personal preference. Either way, you’ll have a vast majority of the information you’ll need to navigate around Europe on the cheap.

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  3. ocecena says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice travel guide for starters, March 4, 2012
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    I’m planning my first vacations to Europe, and I wanted a guide that covered all the continent so I could read and decide the countries and cities I want to visit. I found this travel guide an excellent source for this matter; it has little but important information about each country and the main cities, at the end it’s a book covering the highlights whole Europe.

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