Researched, writted, edited and produced entirely by Harvard Undergraduate Students.
Armed with pens, notebooks, and a few changes of underwear stuffed in their backpacks, our intrepid researchers go across continents, through time zones, and above expectations to seek out priceless travel experiences at less of a price. Travel has changed a lot since Let’s Go published its first guide 58 years ago; our hip, young writers aren’t just following the trends ― they’re setting them. Whether you’re discovering an untouched, tucked-away destination or immersing yourself in work or study abroad, we know that the way you travel is unique, because so are we.
So, you want to go to Europe? But how could you not? There’s something awfully romantic about spending midnight in Paris, watching the lights shine on the famed La Seine. There’s something special about hearing the growls and grunts of cars on the vias and around the piazzas of Rome. There’s something magical about walking on the streets of London in front of Buckingham Palace as the roads close down for the iconic Changing of the Guard. Europe―rich with history, culture, art, and adventure― is the ultimate destination for any backpacker from any background. For all the hullabaloo around this small piece of land attached to Asia, the fairytale-like legends that you hear from old men in the park, friends, and parents are, for most part, true stories. Well, maybe all except for that one time Uncle Marty claimed he found an old manuscript of Ulysses on a Dublin pub crawl. Pub crawls and pretentious reading material aside, Europe awaits you. Paraglide in the mountains of Gimmelwald, shimmy your way into the most exclusive clubs of Berlin, or scuba dive between two tectonic plates in Iceland. When in Dubrovnik, find love on Lokrum Island and, in Athens, find your Adonis or Aphrodite. Get blown away by the beat of the Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls and cheer on European sports teams in Munich’s beer gardens. Europe has been, and will continue to be, the starting point for the adventures of students all around the world. Join the company of your fellow wanderlust-stricken adventure seekers and set your trip apart from the rest. Ready, set, Let’s Go!
"The Bible of the budget traveler." —Boston Globe
"The granddaddy of budget guides." —New York Times
"For independent travelers on a budget, with an emphasis on whatever's hip, fun, or free." —Associated Press
"Refreshingly youthful and opinionated. Let’s Go has retained its super-low-budget approach, is the best resource for shoestring travelers, and offers the best coverage on hosteling and the alternative nightlife scene." —Rick Steves
"Value-packed, unbeatable, accurate, and comprehensive." —Los Angeles Times
"The guides are aimed not only at young budget travelers but at the independent traveler; a sort of streetwise cookbook for traveling alone." —New York Times
"Unbeatable; good sight-seeing advice; up-to-date info on restaurants, hotels, and inns; a commitment to money-saving travel; and a wry style that brightens nearly every page." —Washington Post
"All the dirt, dirt cheap." —People
"Let's Go follows the creed that you don't have to toss your life's savings to the wind to travel—unless you want to." —Salt Lake Tribune
"The writers seem to have experienced every rooster-packed bus and lunar-surfaced mattress about which they write." —New York Times
"[Let's Go's] devoted updaters really walk the walk (and thumb the ride, and trek the trail). Learn how to fish, haggle, find work—anywhere." —Food & Wine
"A world-wise traveling companion—always ready with friendly advice and helpful hints, all sprinkled with a bit of wit." —Philadelphia Inquirer
"Lighthearted and sophisticated, informative and fun to read. [Let's Go] helps the novice traveler navigate like a knowledgeable old hand." —Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The serious mission at the book's core reveals itself in exhortations to respect the culture and the environment—and, if possible, to visit as a volunteer, a student, or a teacher rather than a tourist." —San Francisco Chronicle