- Paperback: 816 pages
- Publisher: Avalon Travel; 50 edition (4 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598803131
- ISBN-13: 978-1598803136
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,862,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Let's Go Europe 2010 Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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A new company is producing the books and they appear to have cut back on the content big time. The 2010 Europe book is noticeably thinner in what appears to be a business ploy to get you to buy one of the other Let's Go region-specific books. Unfortunately for me there's no Let's Go Scandinavia, and the only book that even mentions Norway, Sweden, or Denmark (Let's Go Europe 2010) only has information for Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. That's it. They don't even bother with the quick and dirty one paragraph round up of smaller cities and towns at the end of the country section anymore. Sorry Stavanger, sorry Gothenburg.
I refrained from giving this book 1 star because it appears the other more "mainstream" European backpacking destinations (Italy, France, etc) still have a pretty good deal of information with the young budget traveler in mind. Even there, though, the detail is not what it once was with this series. I had no choice but to go Lonely Planet this time. Hopefully Let's Go gets their act together next year.
I couldn't help myself and I bought Let's Go Europe 2009. I decided to compare Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm (The only cities covered in 2010 for their respective countries) and found that it's virtually verbatim. 2010 added one bar for Copenhagen. The places to stay are exactly the same. I think it's safe to say that the new company probably recycled 2009 in their transition year. I recommend getting 2009 for now and Lonely Planet: Scandinavian Europe, which tries to cater to both the mid to high bankroll as well as the lowly backpacker, is worth a look as well.
Not only have most towns, cities and countries gone but so have the majority of backpacker hostel listings of the places which are actually still in here. There's heaps left out, do they have to pay now to be listed or something?
It seems no recent research has been done at all, even stuff that obviously needed to be updated hasn't. For example Porvoo a popular day trip destination from Helsinki, Finland. I hadn't been there before so I thought I'd go there this time (page 226 for those unfortunate to already have bought a copy of this book) we have and I quote (remembering now that this is the 2010 edition) "The cathedral fell victim to an attack in May 2006, it is being rebuilt and will reopen in December 2008." Now if I was the editor, wouldn't you think I would bother to at least make a phone call and see if this actually did reopen in 2008. Is it open now? You won't find out with Let's Go. Prices and departure times for modes of transport are sometimes out of date but if they can't even be bothered to update obvious things like this, it makes you wonder how much even more inaccurate those types of more essential things are.
I sent my 2010 edition back for a refund it is seriously that bad. You're better off to get an old copy of Let's Go. Sure some of the prices (even the currency) may have changed but you'll get more hostel listings, more destinations, more countries and basically a lot better written book. Some visa requirements will no longer exist (but you can pretty much do a Google search to see if you need one). Or simply forget about Let's Go and try a competitor instead.
I already recommended the book to all my friends who are looking to travel. A must have!