By doing some pre-trip research and reading you will find information that will helpful for your trip. Doing a little homework will address your particular needs and interests. Determining your traveling style, where you want to go, what you want to do and see will help you to access the critical information you will need for a pleasurable and memorable trip. Europe Traveler Guide tries to categorize areas of information that will help you find the right information and web site.
How do most Americans obtain their information when planning a trip?
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce: International Trade Commission, Air Travelers (SIAT) Survey Data on U.S. Residents Visiting Overseas Countries.
63.3 % Airline
29.9% On-Line Travel Agency
20.2% Personal Recommendation
10.5% Corporate Travel Department
7.7% Travel Agency Office
5.3% National/ State/ City Travel Office
5.3% Travel Guide
4.7% Tour Operator/Travel Club
You can attain a lot of information from multiple sources.
- Guide Books – The old fashion way of extracting travel information on your destination of choice. They are typically 5 1/2″ x 8″ to easily pack and carry around with you while travel about. These can be purchased at a book store or a web site book provider online.
- EBooks – Many of these are versions of the physical guide books, only you download them to your smart device for viewing while traveling about.
- Audio Guides – These are downloadable audio files for your devices so you can listen to a description while walking around or visiting a point of interests.
- Travel Blogs – Usually created by extensive travelers who are so passion about their adventures that they want to share their experiences. These travelers can provide extremely helpful updated information about the places they have visited. They can also inspire you to travel to places you may not have thought about visiting.
- Travel Web Sties – These provide a lot of the same information you can get out of travel guide books. Some provide travel forums, travel assistance with booking flight or rooms.
- Travel Forums – A lot of todays web sites allow anyone to contribute their travel experiences. The topics can have a range of recomondations for hotels, restaurants, airlines, sights, etc. Some sights also allow users to rank these places.
- Tourist Offices – Almost every country, major city, popular tourist area and attraction will have local tourist offices. Nobody knows their backyard better than a local so these can be an invaluable source for the latest accurate information.
- Direct and Aggregate Booking Web Sites – Airline, hotel, rental car and aggregate booking sites also will provide local information on many destinations they serve or your final destination. For more on booking sites go to our ➾ Booking On Line page.
Travel Guide Books & Web Sites…
There are many guide books available from publishers as well as online web sites that provide great information. Some are publishers that have guide books you can buy and take with you on your trip. In addition some also have web sites loaded with information but also have forums where travelers can sign up for an account and leave their own experiences and reviews for hotels, restaurants, attractions, etc. You can even ask questions and some travelers will respond to you with very valuable information. However be forewarn, some web sites only allow reviews by people who have booked through them. This eliminates ex-disgruntled employees or competitors going on line and making false claims in reviews. Other forums can be open to anyone who wants to write a review and this is why you’ll a five star review and then a zero for the same place. It is also the personal opinion of each individual’s expectation of what they should receive in the way of service. It varies from person to person and country to country.
Some web sites do not publish books but, will be very good sources of information. Some may also assist with your trip planning with booking flight and rooms.
The following web sites and guide book publishers provide some of the best information from which you can plan your trip.
E Books – Guide Books – Web Site
Blue Guides are throughly researched books that offer great information on archeology, architecture, art and history through drawings, maps and photos.
Web Site – Travel Services
Independent travel community for Indie Travel. Beginner’s guide to hitchhiking internationally, travel insurance offers and RTW round the world travel. Air Treks services.
Miscellaneous Travel Publications
Books written for travelers by travel experts. They are known for a deep understanding of culture and history, as well as opinionated and witty writers.
Web Site – Things to See & Do – Guides & Tips – Food & Drink – Places to Stay – Art / Flim & TV – Music & Books
Web site is dedicated to showing the the best of countries, cities & destinations.
Beautifully done books with wonderful graphics and photos. Very encyclopedic on certain topics such as buildings, landmarks, history. Best read before your trip.
Travel Services – Web Site
One of our favorites as their staff stays and reviews inexpensive hotels. Also great tips on ways to save money with transportation & attractions.
Written by Europe travelers Durant & Cheryl Imboden as an un-bias review of major destinations. Good informative pages featuring Rome, Paris, Venice & Cruises
Guide Books – Web Site
Eugene 1st published his first guide book in 1936. Other than just hotel, restaurant & landmark listings he provided information on the people and their culture. Their web site was launched in 1996
Guide Books – Travel Forum – Travel Services – Web Site
Arthur Frommer’s 1st guide was for American GI’S in Europe. Then came Europe on $5.00 a day which focused on traveling with a budget. He also ranked sights and landmarks by importance.
Guide Books – Travel Blog
More than 45 years helping travellers to plan their next adventures. As well as popular guidebooks, they now offer the opportunity to book tailor-made private tours completely personalized to your interests and needs
Apps – E Books – Guide Books – Web Sites
Comprehensive travel information on urban destinations. Locally produced , practical information for over one hundred cities. More than 70 published guide books in 23 countries
E Books – Guide Books – Travel Services – Web Site
Publishers with over 200 authors who only write about what they personally see and do while, committed to independent travel, trustworthy advice and editorial independence
Michelin Guides (Europe)
Guide Books – Restaurant Guides – Online Interactive Maps – Travel Services – Web Site
Publishers with over 200 authors who only write about what they personally see and do while, committed to independent travel, trustworthy advice and editorial independence. They have been rating hotels and restaurants for over 100 years.
Travel Guide Books – Web Site – Travel Blog
Professional traveler Matt writes about his personal experiences and what he has learn traveling. Saving money, tips for certain travel destinations. Author of the book “How to travel around the world on $50. a day”.
Guide Books – Podcasts – Travel Forum – Tours – Web Site
Rick has become America’s best known guides for Europe travel. His approach to traveling Europe as a local creates an understanding and appreciation of Europe its history, culture and people. This approach has opened up a new perspective to European travel.
E Books – Guide Books – Travel Services – Web Site
1982 two friends felt guide books needed a more journalistic approach to guide books and issue their first book. They also now publish guides to music, culture topics and phrasebooks books for 18 major languages.
Apps – E Books – City Guide Books – Travel Magazine – Travel Merchandise – Web Site
A web site of what to do in 19 European cities, Time Out sites have an emphasis on entertainment, venues and events. Highly read by the younger travelers.
Web Site – Countries – Cities – Beaches – Castles – Tours and Things to do
Web site is dedicated to showing the top choices of destinations for Countries – Cities – Beaches – Castles – Tours and Things to do
Explore by country the: Best places to visit – Top tourist attractions – Most beautiful churches and châteaus – Best hotels & places to stay – Underatted destinations – National parks – How to spend 2 or 3 weeks in a particular location.
Web Site – Travel Magazine
Travel advise and tips for travels across the globe to the World’s Best, A-List, Trip Ideas, News, Hotels & Resorts and Cruises.
Web Site – Travel Forums
On line Travel Community. Book accommodations, write personal blogs and upload photos. Create travel maps and find important travel tips and information.
Apps – Travel Forum – Travel Services – Web Site
This has become one of the biggest travel web sites where travelers can report their experiences and rate hotels, restaurants, etc. Individual may submit questions when planning trips and receive feedback from other travelers on their traveler forum.
A travel site written by real experts, not anonymous reviewers. One of the top-10 travel information sites in the world as measured by comScore. 20-year-strong library of more than 30,000 articles.
Online App – for iOS or Android
Access for your smart device to Guides, Maps, Trip Planning, Tours & Hotel booking.
Travel information on primary cities across Europe and the rest of the world. What attractions to see, day trips from cities, amps and more. Also Travel Tips for planning and travel while at your destination.
The World Travel Guide (WTG) is a comprehensive guide to the world’s best travel destinations. Available in English, German, French and Spanish versions, the WTG provides detailed and accurate travel content designed to inspire global travellers.
National Tourists Office Information…
Belgian Tourist Office
220 East 42nd Street, Room 3402
Croatian National Tourist Office
350 5th Ave., Suite 4003
New York, NY 10118
Danish Tourist Board
PO Box 4649, Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163-4649
Telephone: +1 212-885-9700
Fax: +1 212-885-9726
French Government Tourist Office
444 Madison Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10022-6903
Telephone: +1 212 838-7800
Fax: +1 (212) 838-7855
9454 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 715
Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2967
Telephone: +1 310 271-6665
Fax: +1 310 276-2835
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org site: http://us.france.fr
Greek National Tourism Organization 305
East 47th Street New York, New York 10017
Tel: (212) 4215777 Fax: (212) 8266940 Source
Web site: https://www.greeka.com/greece-travel/greece-tourism-offices.htm
Lithuanian State Department of Tourism
Telephone: +370 2 62 26 10
Fax: +370 2 22 68 19
Departamentul Dezvoltarea Turismului / Department of Tourism Development
bd. Stefan cel Mare, 180, bir. 901
Telephone: +373 (2) 21 07 74
Fax: +373 (2) 23 26 26
608 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10020
Telephone: 1-877-Switzerland (1-877-794 8037) in USA
Fax: +1 (212) 262 6116
English Tourist Board
Thames Tower Black’s Road Hammersmith, London W6 9EL Telephone: 0800 192 192 free call in England
Web site: http://www.travelengland.org.uk/
Tourism Northern Ireland
Floors 10-12, Linum Chambers, Bedford Square, Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7ES
Tel: 028 9023 1221