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Before You Go: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Gap Year [Paperback]

Tom Griffiths , Kathy Rooney , Michael Palin
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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4 Aug 2003
It offers essential advice from gap-year expert Tom Griffiths for anyone contemplating taking time off to travel. New features in this edition include: extra advice for worried parents; new guidelines on luggage post-September 11; updates taking into account the Bali bombing and potential targets; information on currency changes in Europe. Other details include hints and tips on money and finances, packing, safety, going alone (for men and for women), going with a friend, health and emergencies, and masses of checklists and useful contacts.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 3Rev Ed edition (4 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747566380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747566380
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘A Rich vein of information for wannabe travellers’ -- The Times

‘Essential advice for students planning a gapyear’ --

‘If you have an urge to travel, you should read this book’ -- Michael Palin

‘Lively guide to safe international travel by the gappers’ guru’ -- Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Tom Griffiths won the Young Travel Writer of Year award in 1997. He is the founder of and media spokesperson for the gap-year industry. He is also an adviser on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 'Know Before You Go' campaign.

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocked my world!! 6 Feb 2004
By A Customer
this book is amazing, it turns talkers into doers, i keep putting off my gap year(i've just finished uni) but after reading this i am well up for going.
i has a great layout with small chapters, i read the whole thing on my way home from uni, which useful hit and tips, you really will get the travel bug if you read it.
Tom is also the author of the virgin travellers guide, if you have to pick between the books pick 'before you go' the content i feel is better and the paper is nicer lol
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK 28 Nov 2005
By A Customer
hello, this is the first book i read about gapyear, obviously as i was looking into taking one, and it is one of the best books i have ever read, so funny, witty, and young! and it definately is the best gapyear book i have read so far and i have read a few. if you want a great book to read that will make you burst out into laughter and prepare your for a gapyear then read this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep in touch!! 17 Oct 2010
By S. Cole
I cannot express enough how good this book is and how it really benefits young travellers and what to do when you first want to set out!
Its like having that one member of your family who always wants you to do well, spuring you on!!
I loved the witiness of the chapter and he really aims it at the right age range. The book itself really leaves you wanting to go travelling - no wait DESPERATE to go travelling!!
Im glad that all the information that you need is down in the one book, and even covers a section on parents and how to 'keep in touch' which for me was very beneficial as i am useless at keeping in touch so i know now and understand the importance of keeping your parents up to date!!

I would absoulutely reccommend to anyone whos wants/has/is/or even considering travelling as it really is an excellent starter!!!

Thanks Tom!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 July 2009
By Kushal
This is a great book - rare in that it's completely honest and full of useful info. And funny too.
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