Meet our Travel Advisors
Whether picking the perfect hotel in Paris, or choosing just the right travel gear, our expert team of Travel Advisors has just the right suggestion for customers. With a combined 50 plus years of working and traveling for Rick Steves, they know Europe frontwards, backwards and, most importantly, Through the Back Door. Discover what makes our Travel Advisors the best in the business!
9 years at Rick Steves' Europe • Has traveled to Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, France, England, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Japan & Mexico
Perfect Travel Day: 1) Skiing powder on a crisp day in Chamonix or Switzerland's Berner Oberland, followed by a hearty dinner and laughs with good friends, capped by a stroll, a mellow soak in some hot water and some quality late-night conversation. Or 2) Hiking and lounging by the water in Salema, Portugal, followed by amazing seafood.
Favorite travel product: Convertible Carry-On.
12 years at Rick Steves' Europe • Has traveled to Cuba, Canada, Nepal, Thailand, Tanzania, Botswana, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, Norway, Russia, Greece, and Turkey. (But first traveled through the majority of the USA.)
Perfect vacation day: sun, water, moderate temperatures, family laughter, beach swim or forest walk, clean air, good book, nap, fine food, peace.
Perfect travel moment: Sitting at a French or Italian sidewalk café while enjoying a delicious lunch and watching the world walk by.
Favorite travel product: Packing Cubes, Packing Cubes, Packing Cubes!
First year at Rick Steves / Has traveled to Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands, Scotland, Mexico, and Canada.
Perfect travel day: A sunny, crisp fall day in Florence. I start my day climbing to the top of Il Duomo to overlook the beauty of the old city, then head to Mercato Centrale for a delicious lunch of un panino di manzo con salsa verde. I wander the leather markets, people-watch in Piazza della Repubblica, stroll the Arno, and catch a concert at La Pergola theatre in the afternoon. At night I grab friends and head to Kitsch, my favorite local aperitivo spot, and chat with locals.
Favorite travel product: Italy Guidebooks.
4 years at Rick Steves' Europe • Has traveled to England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, and Canada.
Perfect vacation day: 1) Visiting my favorite painting at the National Gallery in London, followed by dinner and a Pimm's Cup in a local pub. Or 2) Sitting in a sunny piazza in Tuscany with my husband and mother eating gelato and people watching, followed by a meal of bruschetta and fresh pasta.
Favorite travel product: Velocé Guide Bag.
19 years at Rick Steves' Europe • Has traveled to England, Wales, Scotland, Portugal, Spain, France, Monaco, Bosnia, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Turkey, Greece, Canada, Mexico, and Tahiti & Moorea.
Perfect travel day: sleeping in and going to the local bakery, a walking tour, picking up a picnic lunch at Harrods or Mark & Spencers, shopping at H&M, getting a spa treatment, dinner out without kids, ending the day at the theater going to a musical.
Favorite travel product: Hide Away Tote. It holds so much and keeps my H&M purchases safe. I wouldn't travel without it.
3 years at Rick Steves' Europe • Has traveled to Czech Republic, Pland, Slovakia, Portugal, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, and Egypt.
Perfect travel day: Being the only tourist who didn't take the 5pm boat back to the mainland from the Aran Islands in Ireland. Leaving me alone to discuss with old Irish fishermen the differences and similarities between fishing in the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the Atlantic Ocean. OR swimming with sharks off the coast of Oahu Hawaii and even touching a 10ft long Galapagos shark.
Second year at Rick Steves' Europe • Has traveled to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam.
Perfect travel day: Somewhere on the Mediterranean eating all the pizza, pasta, greek salad, bread and gelato I can handle. A hike and a swim. Shopping. A massage. Capping the day with a glass of wine or cold beer while watching a Santorini sunset.
Favorite travel product: Veloce Shoulder Bag.
In her first year at Rick Steves' Europe • Has traveled to Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the Vatican City; as well as American Samoa, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, French Polynesia, Grenada, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Reunion Island, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
Perfect travel day: Exploring the caves, cafés, and bougainvillea-lined backstreets of Crete, followed by an al fresco feast of Greek salad, olives, fava beans, dolmades, and stuffed peppers at a cliff-side restaurant overlooking Rethymno's Fortezza — sun setting over the Mediterranean Sea as dramatic backdrop.
Favorite travel product: Europe 101: History & Art for the Traveler Book.