Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door by Rick StevesYou can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling through Europe, including how to:
- Plan your itinerary and maximize your time
- Pack light-and right
- Find good-value hotels and restaurants
- Travel smoothly by train, bus, car, and plane
- Avoid crowds and tourist scams
- Hurdle the language barrier
- Understand cultural differences and connect with locals
- Save money while enjoying the trip of a lifetime
After 30 years of exploring Europe, Rick considers this travel skills handbook his lifes work. He shares his favorite off-the-beaten-path towns, trails, and natural wonders. With this guidebook, youll experience the culture like a local, spend less money, and have more fun.
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Packing List for Women
One of the trickiest things about packing for Europe is being prepared for variations in the weather. You can use this packing list for 2 weeks in Europe, or even longer! Just wash, rinse, mix and match, and repeat! While this packing list is for 2 weeks in Europe, you can adapt it for a trip of any duration. The trick to traveling for long periods of time is to re-wear clothing and to do laundry once a week or as needed. Almost all the clothing I packed went unworn. I got so tired of getting all my luggage in and out of the bus or train every other day that I ended up transferring only what I needed into the carry on and left the larger suitcase permanently in the coach.
Shirts with long sleeves that roll up easily can double as short-sleeved. Look for a wrinkle-camouflaging pattern or blended fabrics that show a minimum of wrinkles. Synthetic-blend fabrics such as Coolmax or microfiber often dry overnight. Bring two pairs: one lightweight cotton and another super-lightweight pair for hot and muggy big cities. Jeans can be too hot for summer travel and are slow to dry. Button-down wallet pockets are safest though still not nearly as thief-proof as a money belt. If you bring shorts, one pair is probably enough.
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The bulk of your luggage is filled with clothing. Minimize by bringing less. Experienced travelers try to bring only things that will be worn repeatedly, complement other items, and have multiple uses for example, since I don't swim much, I let my shorts double as a swimsuit. Pack with color coordination in mind. Neutral colors black, navy, khaki dress up easily and can be extremely versatile. To extend your wardrobe, plan to spend 10 minutes doing a little wash every few nights, or consider a visit to a local launderette, which is in itself a Back Door experience.
No one wants to be stressed out when they're on vacation. But between budgeting your trip, staying on top of a tight itinerary, and trying to make the most of your experience when you finally arrive, it can often be hard for travelers to be fully invested. If anyone knows how to deal with those feelings, it's Rick Steves. The longtime travel writer and host of "Rick Steves' Europe" has more than 40 years of experience under his belt, and his company has led 30, travelers on elaborate European vacations. There are simple things you can do to make the most out of your trip, Steves told Business Insider, from packing as light as possible to eating family-style meals to maximize the variety dishes you can try. While some of his advice might put travelers out of their comfort zones, he said it's worth it if it helps you see the world differently and celebrate other cultures.
When I put my luggage into a taxi at the start of my first-ever cruise trip, it was a shock. But compared to my fellow passengers, I was still packing light. Pulling my wheeled carry-on bag to my stateroom, I had to dodge huge bags that jammed the hallways like a chorus line of beached whales. Many cruisers eventually learn to keep their luggage to a minimum. Cruise-ship cabins are cramped, and large suitcases consume precious living space. The lighter your luggage is, the easier your transitions will be. Consider packing just one carry-on-size bag 9-byby inches and sharing an extra bag with your travel partner.