This guidebook, based on lessons learned from more than 30 years of exploring Europe, is your handbook for traveling smart. With the tips and advice I’ve assembled here, you can plan, create, and enjoy a trip that will live up to your dreams.
My first five trips to Europe were purely for kicks. I made my share of blunders—I missed train connections, wasted money on dreary hotels and bad restaurants, and showed up at sights after they had closed. But each new trip became smoother than the last. It was clear: I was learning from my mistakes.
While traveling, I saw others making the same costly and time-consuming errors that I’d once made. It occurred to me that by sharing the lessons I’d learned, I could help people enjoy better, smoother trips. And I’d have a good excuse to go back to Europe every summer to update my material.