Review: Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2013: The Travel Skills Handbook

Rick Steves
Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2013: The Travel Skills Handbook by Rick Steves

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Europe Through the Back Door” contains excellent tips and advice presented in a logical fashion with funny, humorous anecdotes. An appendix with destination and idea suggestions is included. I always enjoy Rick’s writing, and this book has given me the confidence to investigate solo travel abroad.

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Decisions, Decisions…

I’ve been struggling with a lot of decisions lately…  I suppose it’s that time in my life.  I’m soon to graduate from community college, with prospects for a great job, but doubts and uncertainties are making for some interesting conversations with myself!  I have a lot on my mind and my plate, from balancing school and work, to eventually trying to find my own place and possibly upgrade my car before it decides to take a turn for the worse (the darn thing is approaching 20!).  Add to this my insatiable yearning for travel, and no plans for the international variety this year, and you can imagine  my mindset.

That being said, I’m coming up with contingency plans and trying to find opportunities to take advantage of in case things don’t pan out as originally mapped out.

In spirit of this, here’s a poem I wrote after open mic at the college this evening, which proved to be very inspirational and eye-opening.  It’s aptly called “Decisions, Decisions…”

Decisions, Decisions…

It’s difficult, isn’t it, to find one’s place in the world.
Carried on by daring dreams, quashed by comfortable conditions.
A young man must decide his path in life, or so we’ve been told.
He yearns to see it all.  Do it all.
But can he?  Will he?
Only he can decide.