Social Activism & Philanthropy

Social responsibility is not an add-on to our company's mission. It is at the core:

"Our mission at Rick Steves' Europe is to inspire, inform, and equip Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. We value travel as a powerful way to better understand and contribute to the world in which we live. We strive to keep our own travel style, our world outlook, and our business practices consistent with these values."

Apart from the good of travel itself, Rick Steves, our company, and our employees engage in several areas of activism and philanthropy to help bring about greater social good.

Travel as a Political Act

Discover how travel has shaped Rick's world view, social activism, and political work. Get tips for turning your next trip into a perspective broadening experience from Rick's "Travel as a Political Act" book and related talks.

Rick's Personal Philanthropy

Rick believes travel becomes a political act only if you do something with your broadened perspective. From hunger to arts funding, learn how Rick has incorporated his travel discoveries into real action at home.


US Drug-Policy Reform

Rick has been inspired by Europe's pragmatic approach to drug abuse, with success measured by harm reduction rather than incarceration. Explore how and why he works for the end of America's prohibition of marijuana.

Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. ─ How We Make a Difference

Our company donates to a wide array of organizations directly and through our nonprofit community partners. Learn how you can be involved with ─ or benefit from ─ our giving programs.