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Planning a trip abroad can be a daunting experience -- especially for first-time travellers.  This series of books is designed to help travellers take off with confidence.   The invaluable predeparture guides give step-by-step advice on preparing for a trip, from budgeting, arranging a visa to planning an itinerary, staying safe and still getting off the beaten track.  You won't find specific hotels and restaurants here but you will find the information you'll need to plan the trip of a lifetime.
First-Time Around the World

First-Time Around the World is a pre-trip guide for travellers planning their first trip around the world. This guide turns the planning process into a few easy steps that will help make the most of the journey. Wherever the starting point and whatever the budget, the guide covers the airline routes, health insurance, visas and money together with issues that need a friend’s voice – how to find work abroad, how to avoid scams, how to hitchhike on yachts, and how to hook up with others.

It's covers everything from budgeting, packing and avoiding scams to staying healthy and working abroad. The guide contains area profiles, giving the lowdown on where to go and the best way of getting around. Color photos show some of the most alluring destinations and there are anecdotes throughout from other travellers.

$18.99 (softcover)
First-Time Asia First-Time Europe First-Time Latin America
This is the book to read when you’re considering your first visit to Asia. The book covers 20 destinations in Asia, from Bangladesh to Vietnam, profiling each country’s highlights as well as its more unusual attractions. First-Time Asia first gives suggested itineraries, online resources, embassy and tourist information. Then come digestible chapters on the practicalities of life on the road, a section that also contains entertaining anecdotes from other travellers. The final chapter, Basics, is stuffed with contact addresses and websites for everything from backpack suppliers to travel health clinics. First Time Europe is a pre-trip guide for travellers planning a first trip to Europe. The author's thoughtful pre-departure advice and humorous anecdotes will help you find your way no matter what your age or budget. The first section of the book is a full-color guide to Europe's highlights, "20 Things Not to Miss", and an introduction to the delights of travelling around Europe. The book runs through all the information you'll need before your trip and on the road - how to buy plane tickets and get visas; where to stay; how to get around; and how to stay healthy and avoid trouble. This pre-trip guide is packed with essential information to make a trip to Latin America safe and enjoyable.  The book offers step-by-step advice to help you find your way confidently anywhere between Mexico and Patagonia – getting around, finding accommodation, staying healthy – along with concise profiles of every Latin American country, including color maps and suggested itineraries for each one. The first section of the book gives individual profiles of all twenty-one Latin American countries, with a rundown of highlights and possible itineraries. Part Two of the book provides the basics you'll need before your trip and on the road.
$18.99 (softcover)
$18.99 (softcover)
$18.99 (softcover)
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