April Travel News

Hi from Rick: TV That's Thinking, Not Sinking

For about twenty years now, I've hit the road every pledge season to remind people that public television is an oasis on the dial — a place that doesn't dumb us down, but engages us. It treats us not as shoppers, but as neighbors and fellow citizens. It respects our intellect, assumes an attention span, and brings us programming driven not by a passion for keeping advertisers happy, but by a passion for bringing us a better understanding of our world.

To lend a hand to this mission, I recently visited public television stations in San Francisco (KQED), Chicago the night before (WTTW), and also Minnesota’s Twin Cities (TPT), where I was charmed by a red-headed public television fan and travel enthusiast. (I told him I looked just like him when I was in second grade.)

If you haven't been disappointed by the sinking standards of... Read more

In this issue

Navigating European Airports

Sometimes I wonder why I lug my bag through airports, following my own recommendation to pack light enough to carry on and avoid checking any bags on international flights. It can be a drag, dragging your bag through airports. But when scrambling with last-minute changes in flight plans... Read more

Rome's Inspiring Baroque Sights

Rome is a showcase of Western civilization, layered with elements of the city's 2,000-year history. Among the traffic-choked 20th-century boulevards, you'll find marble ruins of ancient times, early Christian churches, grand Renaissance buildings and statues, and a wealth of Europe's most sumptuous... Read more

Glasgow: Scotland's Second City

Lately, I've really been enjoying what I consider to be the "second cities" of Europe, such as Naples in Italy, Marseille in France, and Hamburg in Germany. These places often have a rough, Industrial Age heritage and a rust-belt vibe that keeps them honest, unvarnished, and nonconformist... Read more

Dazzling St. Petersburg

The last time I visited St. Petersburg, in the 1990s, the Russian city was gray and depressing. But during a recent visit, I found a town that sparkles. Three hundred years ago, St. Petersburg was a dismal swampland. But that was before Tsar Peter I — better known as Peter the Great — came along... Read more

Video of the Month: Rome's Borghese Gallery

More than a museum, the Borghese Gallery is a beautiful villa in a delightful urban-park setting. Visitors get to see great works of art in the setting for which they were commissioned by the Borghese family. Masterpieces by Baroque masters Bernini and Caravaggio are among the many highlights... Watch the video

Rick's Charity Rail Pass Offer

Here's an exciting chance to support a good cause as part of your upcoming travels! Rail Europe has provided us with 30 Eurail Global Passes (specifically 15-day flexipasses) regularly priced at about $1250 — and Rick will give these passes for free to the first 30 travelers who each send us a $925 donation check for Bread for the World… Read More