Christine Gilbert of Almostfearless.com published a guide book and I got the privilege to review it. Consider yourself lucky, too, since by getting to hear about it from me, you can make a more informed decision to buy it.
Too little time to read all below? Read my 20 word review:
“The Visa Book” is a great reference for the traveler on the go. Simple, single-purpose structure. Comprehensive coverage. Worth the $10.
A Full Review of “The Visa Book”
Here is Christine’s skinny on her newest book:
- 253 pages
- pdf instant download
- covers over 200 countries and territories
- Only for US citizens (although there may be Australian and European versions in the future)
- New editions will be produced every year
- Does not cover long term residency visas, work visas or education visas (in other words, this is for tourist visas only)
- Cost is $10
And My Feedback:
- pages are well laid out; 1 page = 1 country/territory
- a single-purpose, no frills structure
- little of Christine’s fun personality – the “Visa Book” is all business
- can’t imagine a place in the world that’s not covered here
- greatest value: for tourists en-route wanting to quickly compare, offline
Who the Visa Book is Not For
I believe the newbie American tourist traveling to their first country in their life would simply google for needed information on the US State Department.
That said, most anyone would at least verify what “The Visa Book” says, but Christine makes that ultra easy with direct links to do so.
Also, the book isn’t for people looking to answer “How do I work in XYZ country?” This is for tourist visas, not work permits or residency visas.
Where the Visa Book Shines
Where this book really shines is as a quick, comparative reference that’s already handily on the traveler’s laptop, smartphone or any e-reader for PDFs.
For travellers already on the go, perhaps in between destinations, this book provides fast “how about XYZ country?” answers. It’s a sweet no-frills reference book that way.
I randomly picked a few countries for the tourist visa information. I picked Canada, Chile and Croatia. Sure enough, Christine lays out the essential information, then provides easy links to verify it.
Not only could I read up on these 3 countries on their respective, dedicated full info page, but in an earlier section “The Quick Country-by-Country Guide”, I see and compare my trifecta and all other countries together. It’s beautiful.
All told, this guide is handy. At $10, it’s also cheaply priced. Granted, there’s not a lot of information per country, but that’s not its purpose. This guide answers only a few questions (for every country in the world):
- Do I need a visa?
- How many days am I allowed to stay?
- Any cost to visiting?
Yeah, the guide is well, well worth it. Even if you don’t travel, if you want a fast PDF-portal to every country’s visa information, pick this guide up at Christine’s site. (book will be released April 5th 2011, but sign up for an alert)
Note: Christine offers other bloggers an “affiliate” commission for reviewing and linking to this book. However, I turned it down, since she so clearly deserves the entire but meagre $10 sale.