We’ve grown a lot since publishing our first 20-page pamphlet to Europe in 1960, but 6 decades and 75 titles later, our witty, candid guides are still researched and written entirely by Harvard students on shoestring budgets who know that train strikes, stolen luggage, food poisoning, and marriage proposals are all part of a day’s work.
Brammy Rajakumar | Publishing Director
Brammy is a first-year at Harvard planning to concentrate in Chemistry and English. Originally hailing from Virginia Beach, Virginia, she enjoys traveling all over the East coast and all across the world, honing her ability of getting hopelessly lost in every town or city she stays at. Apart from working and studying, she can be found volunteering with Phillips Brooks House Association, writing for an on-campus publication, or rewatching her favorite Disney movies (any recommendations?).
Favorite Travel Destination: Venice, Italy
Rheede Erasmus| Editor-in-Chief
Rheede is a sophomore at Harvard, concentrating in Social Studies and Philosophy. When he isn’t grinding out copy-batches in the office, he can be found reading (aggressively) in parks, thrift-shopping (indiscriminately) at the Garment District, or researching (systematically) for HCCG. Additionally, he loves watching movies, especially if they’re rated below 40% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Favorite Travel Destination: Swakopmund, Namibia
Sixty years ago, Oliver Koppell came to Harvard as a young man with a big idea: to create a travel guide for those who thought travel was beyond their reach.
The 18-year-old entrepreneur found the perfect partner to launch his plan into action: Harvard Student Agencies (HSA). On the floor of his freshman dorm room, Koppell crafted 25 pages of advertisements, brochures, and tips on touring Europe. With the 1960 European Guide in hand, three planeloads of HSA customers set off for Europe, and since then the travel-guide world was never the same. Since then, HSA and Let’s Go have constantly succeeded in realizing the dream of accessible budget travel.
By 1986, almost 500,000 Let’s Go books were being produced, hitting the shelves just three months after being researched—light-years ahead of the competition. The young trail-blazers at Let’s Go continued to embrace modernity when the 1986 team computerized the entire series. In 1988, as another new title was launched, Let’s Go’s total readership was up to 1,600,000. The 2011 series saw Let’s Go’s focus return to Europe, its bread and delicious butter; nearly all of the coverage was rewritten from scratch to ensure the highest quality prose and information.
Today, we’ve continued to refine and perfect our coverage of Europe—as the cities grow and change, we’re adapting right along with it, going out of our way to find unique, off-the-beaten-path gems in each city we visit. Let’s Go Europe 2020 features 672 pages of comprehensive, up-to-date, honest advice on how to make the most of your European experience, all while retaining the mission that Koppell envisioned: making travel as accessible as possible to everyone.