Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Traveller's Pocket Bible

Book: The Traveller's Pocket Bible
Author:Paul Jenner and Christine Smith
Edition:eBook on Overdrive from Fresno Public Library
Read:January 21, 2015
268 pages

Talks about foreign travel and things you should consider-if you are British. Actually, it is pretty comprehensive and there are are a lot of good things to take note of as generalities. But it really is aimed at the English.

I am not going to rate this book for the most basic of reasons-it was not written for me. I am an American. This book was written for the British. In most cases  it will not matter. In this case, it does as Jenner and Smith are writing about a particular concern: how can a person from Great Britain travel abroad and what do they need to consider?

Having said that, they do have a lot of good general advice which anybody can take advantage of.  Such as the chapter on security gives some good tips: Try not to look like a tourist; try not to look lost; ... But then they do go on to talk about places which the British government thinks are unsafe to travel to-they also do reference the USA State Departments travel advisories.

The other thing, the version I read was published in 2008. So the particulars may be dated. My advice: not a bad book to skim through, but try to find something specific to your situation.

Good Quotes:
  • First Line: Will you be able to plug in your mobile phone charger in Barcelona?
  • Last Line: So please check us out and let us know if you have any comments, questions or suggestions.
Table of Contents:
1 Accommodation
2 Communications
3 Conversions
4 Electricity
5 Emergencies
6 Health
7 Insurance
8 Language problems
9 Minimising your environmental impact
10 Money
11 Motoring
12 Package holidays
13 Pets
14 Researching and exploring
15 Security
16 Shopping
17 Times zones
18 Transport
19 Weather
Glossary of travel industry terms


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