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Rick Steves

Rick Steves has made a successful career out of helping people experience the world through travel. His most well-known contribution is his travel show "Rick Steves' Europe" which has been airing on public television since 1991 and has become one of the most popular travel programs in the United States.


Steves' show immerses viewers in the rich history, culture, and food of Europe, while also providing practical advice for travelers, such as where to find the best deals on hotels, how to navigate public transportation, and how to avoid common tourist traps. His expertise on travel is further showcased in his numerous travel guidebooks, which are considered to be comprehensive and reliable resources for anyone traveling to Europe.


Rick has also entered the world of podcasting with his popular podcast "Rick Steves' Europe" where he shares his insights and advice on all aspects of travel in Europe. In addition, he is committed to responsible and sustainable tourism and advocates for travelers to engage with local cultures and support small businesses to prevent the negative impacts of mass tourism. Furthermore, he donates a portion of his company's profits to charitable causes, including organizations that support international education and humanitarian efforts.


Steves' success has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including induction into the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers Hall of Fame. His off-the-beaten-path approach has encouraged viewers to explore beyond the major tourist destinations, to seek out authentic local experiences and to try local foods.


In the late 1980s, Steves established his own travel company, Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door, which offered guided tours and travel advice to Americans who wanted to explore Europe independently. This laid the foundation for his first TV special called "Travels in Europe with Rick Steves," which aired in 1989 on public television stations across the United States. The show's success led to a series of pilot episodes for a new travel program that eventually became "Rick Steves' Europe."


The first season of the show in 1991 covered England, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Over the years, Steves has explored numerous countries and regions throughout Europe, including Italy, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. He continues to inspire and educate viewers about the beauty and diversity of the world, making travel more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. 


Rick Steves’ My Way Tours offers self-guided tours for independent travelers. This means that you have the flexibility to travel at your own pace and explore each destination on your own. My Way Tours provides all the logistics, including accommodation, transportation, and suggested itineraries, so you can focus on enjoying your trip.


My Way Tours for Italy is an excellent option for travelers who want the freedom to explore each destination on their own schedule without having to worry about the logistical details of travel.

Follow all advice!

      50 travel tips from Rick Steves:

  1. Pack light and bring only what you can carry on your own.

  2. Use a money belt to keep your important documents and cash secure.

  3. Bring a small first-aid kit with basic supplies.

  4. Learn a few key phrases in the local language.

  5. Use public transportation to get around.

  6. Use a guidebook to plan your trip.

  7. Dress appropriately for the local customs and culture.

  8. Be respectful of local traditions and customs.

  9. Don't be afraid to try new foods.

  10. Stay in a centrally-located hotel or hostel.

  11. Use a local SIM card for your phone.

  12. Bring a portable charger for your devices.

  13. Take advantage of free walking tours.

  14. Don't overpack.

  15. Wear comfortable shoes.

  16. Use a backpack instead of a suitcase.

  17. Check the weather forecast before you pack.

  18. Use a packing cube to keep your belongings organized.

  19. Bring a water bottle and fill it up at public fountains.

  20. Use a travel adapter for your electronics.

  21. Use a money converter app to know the local currency.

  22. Always carry a photocopy of your passport.

  23. Keep your valuables in a safe place.

  24. Get travel insurance before your trip.

  25. Be aware of your surroundings.

  26. Use a noise-canceling headset for long flights or train rides.

  27. Take a guided tour to learn more about the local culture.

  28. Don't rely on credit cards.

  29. Bring a small umbrella or raincoat.

  30. Be prepared for pickpockets.

  31. Take advantage of local markets.

  32. Use a VPN to protect your data while using public Wi-Fi.

  33. Be aware of local scams.

  34. Get off the beaten path and explore.

  35. Be open to meeting new people.

  36. Bring a portable water filter if you're traveling to remote areas.

  37. Use a local transportation app.

  38. Bring a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

  39. Try street food.

  40. Don't be afraid to negotiate prices.

  41. Use a laundry service instead of packing too many clothes.

  42. Bring a small daypack for excursions.

  43. Use a travel pillow for long flights or train rides.

  44. Use a packing list to make sure you don't forget anything.

  45. Bring a small flashlight or headlamp.

  46. Be respectful of local religious customs and traditions.

  47. Use a collapsible water bottle to save space.

  48. Bring a power strip if you have multiple devices.

  49. Use public restrooms when available.

  50. Don't drink tap water in developing countries

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