LP Guidebook Information
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Apr 27, 2012 3:14 AM Last Post By: gawkabout
Apr 26, 2012 8:29 AM
LP Guidebook InformationA couple months ago I bought LP Europe on a Shoestring and have narrowed down the countries I want to visit for my first backpacking experience (Spain, France and Italy). From not knowing a whole lot about the LP travel guides, would anyone with experience be able to reccomend if it's worth my time and money to also get the individual country guides? Or should I just stick with the Europe on a Shoestring?
Also I have worked out my budget and for those three countries and I will have at least 105 Euros. That includes lodging, food, sight seeing, museums, ect., is this enough money for Spain, France and Italy?
Thank you in advanced!!
Apr 26, 2012 9:02 AM
Apr 26, 2012 9:03 AM
2I don't think so really. >Just more weight.
Go to your public library and check out Europe Through the Back Door by Rick Steves.
Careful he doesn't make a gadget freak of you, as half his book is catalogue. That book is much more help than his tv shows. You can get dvds of them at your library too.
Part of us old timers constant war with self, is not packing again, what we never reallly use. You can buy stuff along the way. American products too.
have fun/not schedules.
I never book beds ahead (unless I'm going to Europe in August. high tourist season.) www.hostelbookings.com
I found the Lets Go series is very good on history.
Apr 26, 2012 9:05 AM
3No idea how expensive or cheap life is in Canada but with 105 Euro you have one night in a hostel, a breakfast, streetfood for lunch, one or two tickets for local transport, maybe two entrances in a museum or exposition and a light dinner with still water in the evening. That's it. Have a nice trip.
Apr 26, 2012 9:13 AM
4PhiMeow: this doesn't include a flight to and from Europe and transportation from one place to the next, that money is set aside.
Gawkabout: I met to just get more information on what exactly I want to do in those three places. Do the individual travel guides actually go more in depth than the Europe on a Shoestring.
Regards: That's all I'd need the money for, thanks for your information!!
Apr 26, 2012 9:20 AM
Apr 26, 2012 9:22 AM
Apr 26, 2012 9:27 AM
7If you read my previous post I had a rough guide all over Europe for 2 and half months but since this is my first time backpacking and I am doing it with my best friend we decided to just go for 6 weeks.
We plan to leave the second last week of August and fly into Madrid from Canada, spend about 7 days there (one for being jetlagged/the day we arrive and another for traveling onto Barcelona), Barcelona 6 days (one of them traveling to the next place. Paris for a week and EuroDisney for two days (those two days aren't included in the 105 Euros a day budget because it will be much more expensive). Than onto Italy, we want to do Venice, Florence and Rome for about 3 weeks and than fly out of Rome. Nothing has been booked yet or set in stone because we're still in the very early stages of deciding everything.
Apr 26, 2012 10:34 AM
8About the books: The EOAS book is 1345 pages and covers 45 countries. Averages to about 30 pages per country. The Spain guide is over 900 pages. So yes, there will be much more detail. If you have a decent public library, that would be a good way to get a feel for the differences. If they have old editions, prices change, good restaurants can go bad, but the lists of things to see and do probably don't change in a huge way. 2nd choice to a library: look at the book in the online shop here. Under the pdf versions, you can look at the Tables of Content and indices for free. Given your itinerary, maybe a Paris book instead of France would give you an even greater focus. Anyway, hope that helps with regard to your original question.
Apr 26, 2012 10:45 AM
92 weeks for Spain, a little bit more than one in France and three in Italy, the rest for travel sounds ok. If you and your friend have both 105€ together that will be very short, if each of you go with this amount you have the security for a beer or even a bottle of wine from time to time. What you need in my mind are not travel guides for each country but for each town. Here in on the upper right field is a search fonction with information. If you play goggle, ask for example http://www.spain.info/en_CA/ven/grandes-ciudades/reportaje/madrid.html. Information from the towns are most of the time really updated and you can also find out what's going on in your time there..
Apr 26, 2012 11:54 AM
Apr 26, 2012 12:05 PM
Apr 26, 2012 12:31 PM
12Yes, city guides will be even more specific. I'd buy at least one for each city. Doesn't mean you have to bring them all with you. You might just photocopy the most relevant pages.
I don't think I've ever bought a guidebook that didn't pay for itself in time, money and energy saved. In fact, I usually feel under-informed with only one guidebook per individual destination. Even if you bought 2 per city, that would be a very small percentage of your overall expenses. And would give you multiple perspectives.
Apr 26, 2012 1:26 PM
13Please don't flame me, but I just can't get my head around why anyone would travel thousands of miles to visit some of the most beautiful countries/cities in the world and then spend two minutes at Eurodisney let alone two days...
Apr 26, 2012 2:26 PM
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