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.
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, the National
Geographic Talk Abroad SIM card is a convenient way to travel with your GSM
Geographic Travel Phone
Cellular Abroad offers rental phones for U.S. travelers that provide affordable
roaming in Europe. The phone includes both U.S. and European phone numbers
(including your home number, if you wish).
Packing for Europe in 1966
Forget your travel stereotypes about the Swinging Sixties. To the parents of
hippie generation, packing for Europe was more about suitcases and foundation
garments than backpacks or tie-dyed t-shirts.
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