Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about Rick Steves' Europe, as well as links to more frequently asked questions for speciific Rick Stevs' Europe travel services. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, or would like to provide feedback, please email us.

About Rick Steves' Europe

Can Rick Steves' Europe help me plan my trip?

Rick Steves guidebooks offer suggested itineraries and all the info you'll need on hotels, sights, food, and transportation to plan your own trip. This website also provides extensive European trip planning information for free.

If you need more help, we offer travel consulting in person at our Travel Center in Edmonds, WA, or by phone. The cost is $50 per half hour, which is enough time for most in-person consultations. Because of extra pre- and post-session work, we charge $75 for phone consultations since they usually take 45 minutes of staff time. To set up an appointment, phone us at 425-771-8303, ext. 298.

Once you have made your phone appointment, it is useful to fax/email/send your plans to your consultant in order to make best use of the consultation time.

For more information, visit our Consulting page or contact us:

Fax: 425-771-0833, Attention: Consulting
Email: consulting@ricksteves.com

Will Rick Steves' Europe take care of my travel arrangements for me?

Rick Steves' Europe is not a travel agency, so we don't book flights, car rentals, or hotels.

If you are looking to have most of your travel arrangements taken care of for you, you might consider one of Rick Steves' European Tours.

Rick's guidebooks have all the information you need to find your own Back Door style hotels, and you'll usually save money taking care of your own reservations rather than booking through a travel agent. These guidebooks list Rick Steves' favorite hotels, and also include complete instructions for phoning and faxing hotels in Europe to make reservations.

For flights and car rental arrangements, we recommend contacting a travel agent in your area. Be sure to check out Rick's travel tips!

Do you have a store where I can see your travel products?

Yes! Visit us from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or during our extended hours on Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. at 130 4th Avenue N in charming downtown Edmonds, Washington. We're just off Main Street, four blocks inland from the Kingston ferry dock. See our map of how to find us. Or call us at 425-771-8303 if you need directions.

How often does Rick Steves' Europe hold Travel Classes?

Sign up online for our free Travel Classes held every Thursday and Saturday at our Travel Center in Edmonds, WA.

Does Rick offer any seminars in my area?

When Rick plans travel classes, we post updates to Rick's travel schedule.

When can I watch "Rick Steves' Europe" on TV?

You can watch Rick Steves' Europe right now! If you are located in the United States, watch Rick Steves Europe on demand for free on our website. Or, watch segments of Rick Steves Europe on YouTube.

Of course, you can watch Rick Steves Europe on your local public television station. We make available all of your upcoming local public TV station's airtimes for Rick Steves Europe.

Do you have a mailing list?

We no longer mail out printed newsletters. Instead, you can subscribe to our email list to receive monthly Travel News or Tour News dispatches from Rick. We do send out free printed Tour Catalogs with our Tour Experience DVDs on request. If you wish to unsubscribe or update your contact information, go to our Subscription Center

How did Rick get started as a travel writer?

I traveled each summer back when I was a piano teacher. On a super tight budget I made lots of mistakes and learned the hard way. My passion for travel showed itself in a powerful interest in teaching others from my mistakes. Eventually I was giving talks about budget travel at the University of Washington, throughout Seattle and even using my piano studio recital hall more for travel lectures than for piano concerts. I finally had to decide: teach piano or teach travel. I chose travel and the rest is one very well used passport.

Does Rick have any tips on how to become a travel writer?

The keys to becoming a travel writer are to travel for the love of travel, sniffing out maximum experiences and writing while on the road. Back home, get your writing out anyway you can (for free). Your publicity stunt must be your commitment to smart travel. Impress people with the quality of your work by making it available widely and for free. Eventually, people will pay for your writing. (But keep your day job if you ever want to afford another plane ticket.)

Do you publish travelers' articles and photos?

While we love hearing about travelers' experiences, we do not accept unsolicited articles or photos. If you'd like to share your travel experiences or tips, please visit our Travel Forum.

Does Rick have any tips on how to get into TV production?

Breaking into TV production requires lots of money and something viable to make into TV. You need to have accidently been preparing to produce TV without knowing it for a decade and then proceed. The equation for making TV production a viable business is nearly impossible without lots of hard work, luck, and money.

Contact Information

Rick Steves' Europe
130 4th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020-2009 USA
Tel: 425-771-8303
Fax: 425-771-0833
Email: rick@ricksteves.com

Directions & Map

If you are trying to contact a specific department, please see our contact page.

Employment Opportunities

If you would like to be considered for a position at Rick Steves' Europe, you may email a cover letter, resume, and brief summary of your travel experience to gottajob@ricksteves.com or mail to:

Rick Steves' Europe
Attn: HR Dept.
130 4th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020

Resumes are reviewed and considered as positions become available. Due to the high number of applications we receive, we regret that we cannot respond personally by phone. Thanks for your interest in Rick Steves' Europe!