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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2006
Firstly this book is firmly aimed at those who are travlling on a limited budget. If your planning on touring the world staying in hotels and resorts and not having to worry about the pennies then this really isn't for you. However if you have got a limited budget and plan to head of the beaten track then get yourself a copy now.

In clear well organised sections it will help you choose your pack, organise your finances, travel safely, what to take and a host of other usefull advice. Not just that but its a fun read too. The Author used his own experiences to develope his points but always remends you that it's your journey and you need to make your own decisions.

This book is not a guide to the world itself altough there is a region section included. It's all about preparing for your journey and starting out equiped with the things you need to know.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2006
I would highly recommend this book when about to plan a round the world trip or indeed any kind of solo travel where you will need to plan your own routes and accomodation.

It is inspiring and colourful with vibrant pictures giving you ideas about where you may like to go, and detailed tips and information about all aspects of your trip. It covers what to take, how much to take, who to travel with and even deals with coming home again.

It is written in a way that appeals to both young students/graduates/young people who are about to embark upon an adventure but it is not soley for this group. It offers tips for those on a career break and those that may have to deal with renting out their own property when they go away so I feel it would be useful for all travellers of all ages.

The end of the book gives brief highlights and accounts of continents to get you thinking about where you might like to go and throughout the book there are leads and links to places where you can access further information on the topics covered.

I think that this is one of the best books i've read on the subject and worth investing in to maximise your trip.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2003
I haven't even left yet and already this book has put my mind at ease about travelling. There is absolutely everything in there about planning your trip, your route, tips to help you decide where to go, how to get there and ideas of what to do while you're there. There is a section dedicated to web addresses to find information on everything you will need to know from where to buy a rucksack to pre booking a place on a certain course. It tells you what time of year to avoid certain places, due to weather and even tells you what time of year you can hitch rides on yachts!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2003
Excellent. This book details everything you could ever know from planning your trip to what to do when you get there. Sections include preparing for your trip - visas, vaccinations etc; sections about different areas of the world; what to do in difficult situations, if conflict occurs; recommended tours to go on in destinations, how much they cost, how long they take etc; and even a potentially useful section about the different types of toilets you may encounter around the world...
A very interesting, useful, informative book, which would be invaluable to a first-time traveller to any destination.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2005
I've decided that after finishing uni next summer I'm going to go travelling, and I'm glad I started my research with this book. As opposed to some material I've read that frankly scared me out of embarking on a round the world trip, this book has done nothing but wet my appetite for travel. Full of helpful hints and tips, advice for both solo and group travel. It seems to specialise in the blindingly obvious things - that you forget! Overall an excellent purchase that no first time traveller should miss out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2007
I found this book realy useful for planning my first round the world trip. Easy to read, to the point and good practical advice. Brief sections on all important issues to get you started such as health, visas what to pack etc. The best introductory book for backpackers that I have read so far
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2003
For the novice globetrotter, this book provides a good introduction to issues that aren't covered by your usual guidebook. What vaccinations do you need? What side-effects do they have? How do you keep yourself safe and your gear secure? How do you use a foreign crapper?! How much money will you need to survive?
It also has a good overview to the various continents and a rough guide to travel costs and times for getting between major cities. The list of 5 or so "don't miss" attractions is a bit trite though (there are surely more things to see in a whole continent).
It is easy to tell this is the first edition of the book though - there are numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes, web sites are missing parts of their addresses, and a little information is just plain wrong. The book appears to have been sloppily edited, or rushed out. No doubt these problems will be fixed in the second edition, but it makes you wonder about the rest of the content.
Overall 4 stars for useful information, losing a star thanks to the editor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2008
As a current student intending to take a gap-year after University, this book has been really useful to me when seeking basic advice about how to start planning my trip.

The guide is easily accessible, easy to read and seems really genuine. It contains information about where to travel, when to travel and the practicalities of a long trip away from home. If nothing else, the guide acts as a reassurance that taking a HUGE break away from home is do-able and an amazing experience.

I'd advise anyone planning a gap-year or around the world travel to read this guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2005
If you are thinking of traveing around the world this is THE BOOK.

It was so good that mine has just returned from 12 months travelling around the world with me.

It has great sections on everything. One of the most usefull things is the daily budget guidelines for each country. This helped me write a budget before I went.

It is also really inspiring and now I just can't wait to leave England again!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2011
The opening gets you in the mood and promises much on what the main text will deliver, which then fails to materialise. Some sensible advice to be found but much of it consists of vague assertions couched in excitable copy and traveller's bravado. Certainly more in the vein of Lonely Planet in the 'hype' factor, rather than Rough Guides, which are usually more down to earth and balanced. I would recommend checking it at a library or skipping entirely and reading first time asia or first time latin america, which contain a similar format, covering the general issues of travel and in a way that I found more useful and balanced. There's not much advice that's relevant only to a RTW trip and anyway that kind of detail is scarce here.
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