July Travel News

Hi from Rick: Let's Take a Road Trip

I've always said that connecting with the country you're visiting and getting to know the people is a big part of a meaningful travel experience. Traveling by car is often the best way to discover off-the-beaten-path destinations and engage more easily with the locals. A rental car also brings you flexibility: you go when you want to, at your own pace, and enjoy the freedom to stop and linger — or just hop on the freeway to get somewhere fast.

Basic to a good European road trip is renting a car from a company that offers plenty of choices and makes the experience hassle-free and affordable. Auto Europe has earned a reputation that I trust from personal experience — and I'm delighted that they are now a sponsor of my Rick Steves' Europe video podcasts... Read more

In this issue

Tips for Booking a Rental Car

For the best deal on long-term rentals, book in advance from home. If you decide to rent a car while in Europe, try calling around to local car-rental agencies, or book through a local travel agency. When renting a car, you’ll need to make a few decisions... Read More

Breaking Enigma at Bletchley Park

Travelers interested in WWII espionage and the history of computing will find the historic estate of Bletchley Park a worthwhile detour from London. Clandestine codebreakers worked here to decipher Nazi communications sent by the formidable... Read More

Exploring Colorful Coimbra

A couple of hours north of Lisbon, Coimbra is the Oxford or Cambridge of Portugal — the home of its most venerable university. It's also the country's easiest-to-enjoy city — a mini-Lisbon, with everything good about urban Portugal without the intensity... Read More

Cash Strategies for Europe

With the value of the euro lower than in the past, I've been able to experience Europe without as much of a strain on my wallet. I'm enjoying thinking of the euro as being worth a buck — whether or not that's the official exchange rate... Read More

Guest Blog: Jackie Steves in Asia

Jackie Steves and her brother, Andy, are embarking on a one-month adventure in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Jackie is a great writer, and Andy is an expert at stirring up fun with his video camera rolling... Read More

Travel Forum: What’s the Best Thing You’ve Ever Tasted in Europe?

A fun part of traveling is trying out the local food specialties. Have you ever tried the Oeufs en Meurette in Beaune, France? Fried figs with fois gras from the old Le Timbre in Paris? Pear or green apple sorbet at Gelateria Artiginale Eliot in Orta San Giulio?... Read More

Video of the Month: Driving in Europe

Renting a car and driving in Europe is a breeze. Cars get great mileage, distances are usually short, and roads are in excellent condition. Driving is ideal for countryside-focused trips that require maximum mobility. In this 4½-minute clip, Rick covers... Watch the Video