Travel Articles - Europe
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Europe on Your Own
Should you see Europe with a group tour or independently? Our article discusses
the pros and cons of each.
Rick Steves on Group Travel
The guidebook author and TV travel host gives an insider's perspective (with
warnings) on escorted tours. Also see our related review of his book,
Cellular Abroad's MiFi
Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot
Rent a pocket-size device that includes unlimited
Wi-Fi bandwidth for up to five smartphones, tablets, computers, etc. at once.
(Unfortunately, it's available only to residents of the U.S. and Canada.) From
Venice for Visitors.
Languages for Travelers
Before heading off to Europe, get acquainted with the local lingo. Our article
includes practical language-learning tips and links to related sites.
Learn a Language in Europe
A language vacation can be a life-enriching experience. Read our advice on how to
find a language school, what to expect, and what Durant experienced as a middle-aged
language student in Siena, Italy.
Hide This French Book 101
Hide This Spanish Book 101
Berlitz has published "a countdown of the 101 hottest expressions" in two
languages. The inexpensive books make great bon voyage or buen viaje
gifts for hip travelers and semester- or year-abroad students.
Europe for Pets
Know the facts about European pet travel before bringing Fido or Fifi.
The Ultimate Camera Bag for Travelers
Martin Billingham of England has designed a nearly perfect hybrid of a camera
bag and travel tote.
The Ultimate Travel
A low-end photographer takes a high-end 35mm camera to Europe.
Spend enough money in a European shop, and you may be entitled to a refund of
Value-Added Tax (VAT). Here's how it works.
An illustrated review of Through The Windows of Paris: Fifty Unique Shops,
by Michael Webb.
The Riches of Paris
A review of Meribeth Clemente's The Riches of Paris: A Shopping and Touring
Guide, with excerpts and links to other resources on Paris and shopping in
Smoking in Europe
The stereotype of ubiquitous Gitanes and Gauloises is fading, thanks to indoor smoking
bans in an increasing number of Western European countries.
If you're visiting from abroad and touring more than one country, Talk Abroad is
a convenient way to bring and use a cellular phone.
Geographic "Duet" D888 Travel Phone
Cellular Abroad now offers a second-generation "Duet Talk Abroad" package
with a National Geographic phone that holds two SIM cards for greater economy
and calling flexibility.
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