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Rick Steves
In addition to being the host of public television and radio travel programs and the author of over 50 travel books, Rick Steves is an active and charismatic lecturer. In Rick Steves Travel Talks you'll join Rick and his travel experts as they speak on topics ranging from European Travel Skills to Travel as a Political Act.
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USA
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Edmonds, WA
Premiere Date |
2009-08-04
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Monthly

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In this travel class, Rick Steves' Europe travel consultant Kevin Williams explains how your smartphone or tablet can enhance your trip — including helpful travel apps, tips for avoiding high roaming fees, and what to ask your service provider. (Filmed January 9, 2016.)
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In this lecture, Rick Steves describes how art styles follow the march of history: In the 1800s Neoclassical artists celebrate democracy while passionate Romantics champion the individual; the 20th century brings two World Wars, ideological turmoil, and equally wild art; and finally, Rick brings you right up to date with the birth of the European Union and the vibrant world of Europe today. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this lecture, Rick Steves describes how Europe explodes with new ideas in religion, exploration, and politics, resulting in some of the Western world’s greatest art treasures. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this lecture, Rick Steves describes how Europe pieces itself back together after Rome shatters into a thousand kingdoms in A.D. 500. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Cameron Hewitt shares a port-by-port rundown of the top Mediterranean cruise destinations. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel talk, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Cameron Hewitt shares a port-by-port rundown of the top Northern European cruise destinations. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this talk, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Cameron Hewitt provides a wide range of advice for first-time cruisers, including the factors to weigh when choosing and booking a cruise, how to approach all the optional add-ons, and practical travel skills for enjoying your time both on the ship and in port. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Rick Steves' Europe travel consultant Kevin Williams suggests the best strategy for experiencing Iceland on a brief stopover in Reykjavik, including side-trips to the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, and hiking on a glacier. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel lecture, Rick Steves shares his personal experience traveling through Israel and Palestine and filming his one-hour TV special "Rick Steves' The Holy Land." Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel talk, Rick Steves helps us understand Switzerland, one of Europe's richest, best organized, most diverse and expensive countries. We'll explore the breathtaking Swiss Alps, cruise Lake Geneva, and experience other charming Swiss villages and scenic lakes. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel talk, Rick Steves describes traveling in Spain from gawking at astounding architecture and rambling down the Ramblas in Barcelona to eating tasty tapas and visiting top museums in Madrid to exploring southern Spain's Granada, Sevilla, and the whitewashed hill towns of Andalucía. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel talk, Rick Steves describes Scotland's rich culture and history as we visit windswept St. Andrews; an island distillery; Inverness in the Highlands; Lochs Ness, Garry and Lomond; the Isle of Skye; dramatic Glencoe and Bannockburn; seaside Oban; spiritual Isle of Iona; and the craggy castles of Edinburgh, Cawdor, Urquhart, and Eilean Donan. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Rick Steves explores the diversity of Europe's Nordic countries from agricultural Denmark, to industrial Sweden, to fjord-splintered Norway. Along the way, we'll visit a salty fishing island, frolic in fjord country, and compare the capitals in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Rick Steves takes us on a journey through Portugal's modern capital city, charming small towns, beautiful seacoast, delicious food and wine, and soulful music. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel lecture, Rick Steves' tour guide Ried Coen takes us through the bustling capital city of Athens, then we'll explore the Peloponnese and go island-hopping among the Greek islands, ending with a visit to the traffic-free island of Hydra. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel lecture, Rick Steves takes us on a scenic tour of the heart of Europe. In Germany we'll learn about the poetic Rhine, Romantic Road, and Bavaria's fantasy castles and favorite beers; and in Austria we'll visit Mozart's Salzburg, the blue Danube, and stately Vienna. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel talk, Rick Steves explores the cultural hubs of London, Bath, and York; as well as the rural charms of the Cotswolds and Lake District; the historical thrills of places like Canterbury, Dover, and Warwick; and the rugged beauty of North Wales.
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In this travel talk, Rick Steves' guidebook co-author Cameron Hewitt takes us on a journey through a trio of Eastern Europe's most accessible and enjoyable countries: the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary. Along the way, we'll stop off in bohemian Prague, charming Kraków, gorgeous Gdańsk, and bustling Budapest. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this talk, Rick Steves' guidebook co-author Cameron Hewitt shares advice for traveling along Croatia's Dalmatian Coast: the Roman villa-turned-bustling-city, Split; the "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik; and some charming seafront villages. He'll also dip into neighboring Slovenia with stops in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled, and the delightful, small city of Ljubljana. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel lecture, Rick Steves explains what excites and inspires him about Europe: finding "Back Door" alternatives to crowded destinations; connecting with locals; appreciating cultural, artistic, and natural wonders; learning about both history and contemporary life; and having an experience-driven trip. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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Rick Steves explains how travel — from Europe to the Middle East to Latin America — has broadened his perspective and shaped his worldview on drug policy reform, the role of government, and America's place in the world. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Rick Steves' guidebook co-author Steve Smith describes Provence, with its romantic hill towns, dynamic cities, and Roman ruins; and the French Riviera, with bustling Nice, world-class modern art, fine beaches, scenic drives, and glitzy Monaco. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel lecture, Steve Smith tours Burgundy (with fine wine and cuisine, inviting villages, stately abbeys, and Guédelon Castle) and the French Alps, where Mont Blanc towers over cable cars that zip across the peaks to Italy. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Steve Smith explains the highlights of the Dordogne (scenic gorge with canoe rides, decadent foie gras, and prehistoric cave art) and Languedoc (mighty Carcassonne, cliff-topping Cathar castles, and seafront Collioure). Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel lecture, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Steve Smith describes Normandy (D-Day beaches, Monet's gardens at Giverny, half-timbered Honfleur, and evocative Mont St-Michel) and the belle-époque châteaux of the Loire Valley (including Chenonceau). Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Steve Smith suggests strategies for touring Paris — the Louvre, Orsay, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Rodin Museum, and Montmartre — plus tips on sleeping, eating, and getting around affordably. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel talk, Rick Steves guidebook co-author Steve Smith teaches skills for traveling in France: finding hotels, enjoying restaurants, using your credit card, appreciating fine art (while beating lines at top museums), and getting around by train or rental car. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Rick Steves explains how Italy intensifies as you plunge deeper — from the urban jungle of Naples (birthplace of pizza) to the ancient ruins at Pompeii to the stunning scenery of the Amalfi Coast. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel lecture, Rick Steves tours Rome — from the ancient ruins at the Forum and Colosseum to St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (with Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel) — then enjoys Bernini's bubbling Baroque fountains after dark. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Rick Steves describes Italy's Tuscany and Umbria — adjoining regions famous for their scenery, food, wine, and fine cities and hill towns (including Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Volterra, San Gimignano, Orvieto, Civita, and Assisi). Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Rick Steves explains how Florence was the cradle of the Renaissance — and how today's travelers enjoy its art treasures (from the Uffizi to Michelangelo's David), art-filled churches, and delicious Tuscan cuisine. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Rick Steves outlines the glories of Venice, from the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge to St. Mark's Square — including art-filled churches, opulent palazzos, twilit gondola rides, and the cities of Padua, Verona, and Ravenna. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel lecture, Rick Steves describes Italy's north: the Cinque Terre, on the traffic-free Riviera; bustling Milan, with da Vinci's Last Supper; Lake Como, with mellow Varenna and glittering Bellagio; and Italy's Alps, the Dolomites. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel talk, Rick Steves covers practical skills for making the most of Italy, including transportation (trains and rental cars), avoiding lines, planning an itinerary, choosing hotels, taking a cruise, and enjoying Italy's cuisine and wine. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel lecture, Rick Steves describes his experience traveling through Cuba as the US began easing decades of travel restrictions for American tourists. Expand your travel horizons and learn about the time-passed elegance of Havana, Cuba's classic American cars, fine $5 rum, the best Cuban cigars, and the idealistic charms of this remarkable island and its people. (Produced by Seattle's KCTS 9.)
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In this travel class, Sarah Murdoch explains that, even when packing light, everyone is entitled to bring a "luxury item" or two — but she also gives examples of what not to bring if you want to save space. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class on packing light, Sarah Murdoch gives you a tour of her toiletries kit, making tough calls about which cosmetics and other toiletries you really need — and don't need — while on the road. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Sarah Murdoch shows you how to pack light while still fitting all of the essentials into your day bag: water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, spot remover, umbrella, emergency snacks, headphones, iPad, down vest, and more. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class on packing light, Sarah Murdoch gives you a tour of her carry-on-the-plane-sized luggage (with everything she needs for several weeks in Europe), and outlines the pros and cons of backpacks vs. rolling bags. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this packing light travel lecture, Sarah Murdoch explains how the best travel clothes are lightweight, winkle-resistant, easy to layer, color-coordinated, and versatile. She also demonstrates how one piece of clothing can have multiple uses. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel talk, Sarah Murdoch explains why it's essential to pack light — and teaches key skills for how to do it. She'll explain her motto: "Nobody ever said 'I wish I'd brought more.'" Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel talk, Rick Steves covers the skills you'll need to find the ideal European hotel, B and B, or hostel, and offers advice for using hotel-review and booking websites, getting online, and doing laundry. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Rick Steves takes you on a culinary tour through Europe, with advice on choosing the perfect restaurant, interpreting menus, enjoying local specialties, tipping, and joining local cooking classes and food tours. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel skills talk, Rick Steves outlines your options for getting around Europe — by train, bus, rental car, or plane — and explains how you can master big cities by using public transportation, taxis, and bicycles. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel lecture, Rick Steves offers tips on using your mobile phone in Europe without incurring high roaming charges, and explains how easy it is to hurdle the language barrier if you learn a few polite phrases and trust yourself to make educated guesses. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel skills talk, Rick Steves explains how to avoid fees while getting cash from European ATMs, demystifies Europe's "chip-and-PIN" technology, offers tips on outsmarting pickpockets and con artists, and discusses the fear of terrorism. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel class, Rick Steves offers advice for packing light and fitting everything you'll need for a European trip into one carry-on-the-plane-sized bag — whether you're going for a few days or a few months. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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In this travel lecture, Rick Steves offers tips on gathering information, planning a smart itinerary, avoiding crowds, taking a tour or a cruise, traveling in peak season vs. off-season, and joining local walking, bus, or bike tours. Visit www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
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Join Gene Openshaw, co-author of Rick Steves' Europe 101 History and Art, as he shares the work and travels of Michelangelo. Michelangelo Buonarroti — sculptor, painter, architect and poet — was both prolific and well-traveled. We'll trace the life, work and travels of "Earth's Greatest Artist," visiting the Italian cities where he created his masterpieces. You may be surprised to find that the Italy of today is just as culturally rich as it was in the days of Michelangelo. (Please note this presentation was filmed April 14, 2012 and any special promotions or discounts mentioned are no longer valid.) Gene's "Europe 101 History and Art for the Traveler" book is available at www.travelstore.ricksteves.com.
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Join Heidi Van Sewell, Rick Steves' tour guide, as she shares tips and insights for traveling in Italy. You'll almost be able to smell the linguini and taste the vino rosso as we explore enchanting Italy. The north is home to cosmopolitan Milan, time-tripping Venice, serene lakes, and the Alpine Dolomites. In central Italy we'll visit the Renaissance capital of Florence and the quaint hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria. On the Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre's rocky coastlines and tiny villages are the epitome of picturesque. We'll wrap things up with the eternal city, amazing Rome. (Please note this presentation was filmed April 14, 2012 and any special promotions or discounts mentioned are no longer valid.) For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Join Joan Robinson, Rick Steves' packing specialist and tour guide, as she shares tips and tricks for packing light. You'll learn now or you'll learn later that the first step to a great trip is packing light — don't weigh yourself down! You can travel for months with one carry-on size bag and still have everything you need for a great trip. We'll distribute packing lists, show off the latest in lightweight luggage, and demonstrate a professionally packed bag. (Please note this presentation was filmed April 14, 2012 and any special promotions or discounts mentioned are no longer valid.) For Joan's packing list, visit www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/pack-light.htm.
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Join Pat O'Connor, co-author of Rick Steves' Ireland guidebook, as he shares tips and insights for traveling in Ireland. We'll get a glimpse of Ireland's fascinating history and meet the friendly people of this charming country. Our travels will take us through both the Republic and Northern Ireland, including Dublin, Waterford, the Aran Islands, Dingle Peninsula, Belfast, Derry, and the Giant's Causeway. (Please note this presentation was filmed April 14, 2012 and any special promotions or discounts mentioned are no longer valid.) For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Join Steve Smith, co-author of Rick Steves' France guidebook, as he shares tips and insights for traveling in France. It should be no surprise that France is the world's most-visited country. We'll lead you through the battlefields and rugged coastline of Normandy and Brittany, and the vineyards and chateaux of the Loire Valley and Burgundy. Then we head south to Provence and the glamorous Riviera before topping it all off in romantic, historic Paris. (Please note this presentation was filmed April 14, 2012 and any special promotions or discounts mentioned are no longer valid.) For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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You'll almost be able to smell the linguini and taste the vino rosso as Rick explores enchanting Italy in this 80-minute lecture. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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In the final segment, we join Rick as he celebrates his birthday in an Iranian family's home. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick is on the road discovering Iran's great ancient sites. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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In this segment, we enjoy some people-watching in one of Iran’s greatest cities, Isfahan. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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In this segment, we visit a prayer service while Rick discusses religious freedom. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick explores the countryside and the relationship between mosque and state. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick explores the Islamic Revolution and its place in today’s Iran. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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From the Shah's palaces to sleek stores, Rick explores wealth in Iran. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick explores women’s rights in Iran. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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See thought provoking murals and conformity in universities. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Learn about the history of US/Iran relations. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick learns what motivates the Iranian people. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick describes his first observations as he explores Tehran. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick explains what inspired him to make Rick Steves' Iran and his experience landing in Tehran. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick believes how we approach today's challenges is shaped by our world view and our travels. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick explores how to constructively mind the gap between the wealthy and the desperately poor. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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High taxes and "Socialism" – Rick talks about European social services and the price they pay for it. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Europe has realized you can't legislate morality. Listen as Rick explores Europe's pragmatic approach to fighting crime. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick continues his discussion on how travel challenges our "truths." For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick celebrates how travel challenges truths that are "self evident and god-given." For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick considers the reality of terrorism and its affect on travelers and the world. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick illustrates how the rest of the world views the United States. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick describes how nations across Europe are trading away some sovereignty in exchange for a peaceful union. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick explores the new role regions play in the European Union. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Europe is uniting. From the economy to immigration, learn what challenges are facing Europe today. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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As a student of history, Rick explains the need for travelers to engage with Europe's past and present. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick gets turned on by teaching the magic of travel. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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Rick talks about experiencing Europe for the first time as a teenager. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
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In the first installment of his Travel as a Political Act lecture, Rick Steves explains why a travel writer would have something to say about politics. For more travel information, visit www.ricksteves.com.
Practical, informative, engaging podcasts on all aspects of European travel from Rick Steves, the expert in authentic, off the beaten track Europe.
Apr 13, 2018 by cbkbnyc

Way back in the day when Rick Steves and I were both young travelers soaking up the sights and cultures of Europe, his books were my bible. They gave me an inside track to the Europe that most tourists never see and showed me how to access it at a price that people like me who traveled with backpacks as opposed to suitcases could afford. Quite an incredible feat. As the years have passed, Steves has branched out into many other forms of media in addition to his famous books including TV shows and podcasts which are equally informative and impressive. He has also branched out in terms of the places and types of travel he covers as many in his audience have done. If you are looking for a wealth of informative and practical advice offered up in an entertaining, easily digestible way, in my opinion, Rick Steves is the best guide bar none. To discover the real Europe - authentic and off the beaten track - don't leave home without hearing from him first. You'll be glad you did.