I rely on Rick Steves’ masterly command of travel minutia to guide me in Europe. The guy spends 3 months traveling there *every* year updating his advice in his expanding line of eponymous books. Rick has the drill down perfectly, and possess a real gift for teaching what he knows. Yet as great as his books are, the very best way to get educated in how to travel Europe with ease and grace is to watch his short course in Travel Skills on DVD or tape. He does great video: quick, dense, informative, easy. I am a hardened veteran traveller and I picked up some handy tips I didn’t know. If you are just starting out to Europe, I can’t recommend this enough.