• Rick Steves' Travel Center Staff

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!

Abe

His travels include Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Benelux, Germany, Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatamala.

Perfect Travel Day: Lunch at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in London, then poking around in the shops on Jermyn Street.

Favorite travel product: Hideaway Tote Bag.


Casey

Her travels in Europe include Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey.

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.


Jennifer

Her travels in Europe include Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,  Turkey, and Wales.

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.


Kevin

His travels in Europe include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Wales.

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.

Favorite travel product: Rick's European Travel Maps and Streetwise Maps.


Mary

Traveled to Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey. Outside Europe, Mary's also been to Canada, Colombia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.

Perfect travel day: For me, that would include one or more of the following: Italian coffee, freshly made crêpes, a walking tour with a good local guide, hiking in the French, Swiss, or Italian Alps (or a hike + swim at the calanques of Cassis), an aperitif at an outdoor café, chatting with locals over dinner at a restaurant with long communal tables, and an evening "Vélib'" bike ride along the Seine.

Favorite travel product: Velocé Guide Bag for iPad.


Rosie

Her travels in Europe include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,  Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey.

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.


Stefanie

Her travels in Europe include 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, and Turkey.

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.