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September Travel News

Hi from Rick: Sharing Everyday Travel Thrills

I'm finally home after 100 days in Europe. During that time I posted 100 blog entries on my Facebook page. These generated an average of 100 comments a day...and I read all 10,000. It's fun to be engaged with my readers virtually in real time as I'm making discoveries. My research trips used to feel solitary — but today it's become interactive beyond anything I could have imagined. Of all the experiences we shared, here are a few that readers seemed to enjoy the most:

In Greece, when the Orthodox priest explained to me how he used incense to change the mood — from sadness, to anticipation, to joy — and then gave me a fragrant tour of his stash to make me a believer... Read more

In this issue

Girl in the Opera Garnier in Paris, France

Europe Far from the Madding Crowd

Crowds are becoming an increasing nuisance at top European attractions. There's almost no way to experience places like the Sistine Chapel or the Palace of Versailles without a constant and raging commotion of tourists. It's not uncommon to find hour-or-more waits in ticket-buying lines... Read More

Rooftops of Volterra in Tuscany, Italy

Volterra: Tuscany's Top Hill Town

Just a two-hour drive from jammed-with-tourists Florence, you'll find what is perhaps Italy's most underrated hill town: Volterra. With both rustic vitality and surprising depth, its out-of-the-way location keeps it from being trampled by visitors. Unlike other famous Tuscan towns, Volterra... Read More


The B&B Shuffle

In Edinburgh this summer, Rick's co-author and researcher Cameron Hewitt enjoyed one of his favorite research duties: walking through a neighborhood dense with B&B signs, going door-to-door to update the ones listed in our guidebook. And after checking in with 14 different B&Bs... Read More

Guest Blog: Sarah Murdoch On Packing Light

In her "Adventures with Sarah Murdoch" blog, this popular Rick Steves tour guide reveals her "packing ninja" side, sharing tips learned from 15 seasons spent on the road in Europe. Join Sarah this month as she prepares for her September trip and then tests her advice out in the real world... Read More

A couple sits outside St. Peters in Vatican City

Travel Forum: Where to Propose in Rome?

My girlfriend and I are making our first trip internationally together (and first ever for her). I plan to propose while in Rome. I was wondering what some opinions were on a good place? My main stipulation is I'd like to do it somewhere I can have someone take some pictures. I am... Read More

Mountain Hostel in Gimmelwald, Switzerland

Video of the Month: Hostels, B&Bs, and Pensions

Whether in a big city or a small village, your major expense each day is renting a bed. Outside of hotels, you have lots of homey options, from cozy B&Bs to no-frills pensions. In this 3½-minute video clip from our 90-minute Travel Skills TV Special, Rick introduces you to this popular... Watch the Video

The Mont St Michel at sunrise

Our 2016 Tours Have Arrived!

Our full season of 2016 tours is ready to roll — and you can save money right off the bat! Reserve seats on any 2016 Rick Steves tour today, and you'll automatically save $100 per person! Booking early is the best way to lock in your departure date — and save — before tours fill up... Book now

Rick Steves as Rosie the Riveter - Labor Day Sale

Save 20% On Travel Bags This Weekend!

Rick is rolling up his sleeves to give you hefty holiday savings on a dozen different styles of carry-on bags, day packs, and shoulder bags... Shop Now