Help Wanted: Your Advice
|In the 21st century, does a smart traveler spend a night like this to avoid the cost of a hotel?|
The first guidebook I ever wrote was Europe Through the Back Door. Since 1980, it's evolved for 30 editions — but I've realized that travel in the 21st century doesn't always fit a 20th-century template. Now I'm considering reinventing entire parts of the book rather than just updating it. And who best to help me with this task than my travel-savvy readers?
I love the notion that we're all in the same "Travelers' School of Hard Knocks," so I'd like to tap into your travel wisdom, and compare notes with you to make the best possible travel-skills handbook together.
I've set up a special Reinventing ETBD page on our Travelers' Graffiti Wall where you can jot down your advice for me. Here are a few questions to get you started:
- In general, what are your major concerns when traveling to Europe and abroad?
- What are your best budget tips?
- Do back door travelers ever hitchhike or camp?
- How do you find the cheapest and best flights? Are travel agents still relevant?
- How important is sleeping for free or almost for free?
- How helpful are tips on showering and using European bathrooms?
- How do you make phone calls in Europe?
- What are your favorite travel websites?
- What electronics do you travel with?
- Is it time to toss the fax machine?
But first, open up your fresh edition of Travel News to kick off a New Year of travel dreaming. You'll find articles on avoiding scams in Europe, ever-changing Belfast, and an important update on the disaster in Vernazza (and how you can make an impact). You'll also find a humbling collection of outtakes from my TV shows, and a tale from a first-time traveler to Europe who, with a little nudge from us, was transformed by the experience.
Wishing you a New Year enriched with happy travels,