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TED Talk by Rick Steves: Why Travel Is Well Worth the Money

Rick Steves writes European guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. His company, Rick Steves’ Europe, currently employs a well-traveled staff of 100 and offers a wealth of free travel information through its website, in-person Travel Center, and travel e-newsletters. In addition, Rick designs and sells fully-guided European bus tours and a line of travel gear that includes carry-on bags and accessories.

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Shooting at Germany's Wartburg Castle
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Hiking in Italy's Cinque Terre
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Following in Luther's footsteps in Wittenberg’s Market Square
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Revisiting the back door at Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, England
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Taping his radio show, Travel with Rick Steves
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Relaxing (chillaxing) in the Swiss Alps
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Taking a break from filming in central Turkey
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Cruising Stockholm's archipelago
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Speaking at the Edmonds Center for the Arts
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Teaching a Travel Skills class at the Edmonds Center for the Arts
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Shooting in Zagreb, Croatia
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Basking in the Norwegian sun above the Sognefjord
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Hanging out with schoolgirls in Iran
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Taking in the Mezquita in Córdoba, Spain
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Speaking at the Commonwealth Club in Palo Alto, California (vertical)
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Photo by William F. Adams


Speaking at the Chicago Travel Show (vertical)
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Photo by Mark Neyens


Interview Rick

If you'd like to interview Rick Steves, please email Here are some possible story angles:

Story Angles

Ugly American Sentiment Abroad
Recently, much has been written about Americans being chastised or targeted in Europe because of the United States' foreign policy. Rick believes that although most Europeans take issue with US foreign policy, they feel differently about the American people. The following information, excerpted from Europe Through the Back Door, demonstrates how Americans can keep these "ugly" stereotypes just that.

Safe Travel
Many Americans are nervous about traveling now more than ever. And while the concern is natural, you're safer going to Europe than getting behind the wheel of your car.

Rick's Business
Rick Steves offers a tremendous amount of free travel information through his bi-annual travel newsletter, European travel classes, and his 3,000+ page website. The different components of Rick's business — his tours, travel store, television and radio productions, and guidebooks — feed off each other to create overall brand awareness. Furthermore, his business (Rick Steves' Europe, Inc.) has grown from a one-man operation to a thriving 100-employee office, and it sells more tours to Europe than ever before. Rick is the author of over 60 guidebooks, and his guidebook to Italy is the bestselling guidebook to any foreign destination in the United States.

Rick Supports Public Radio and Television
Rick raises millions of dollars annually for public radio and television. At a time when public radio and television stations are struggling financially, Rick enthusiastically raises money for public broadcasting.

Rick's Travel Philosophy
Travel is of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is intensified living, with maximum thrills per minute. It's recess, and we need it. Experiencing the real Europe requires catching it by surprise. Check out Rick's travel philosophy.

Rick's Social Activism
Rick believes that travel is more a vital force for peace than ever. He believes the most effective way individual Americans can contribute to our "Homeland Security" is to travel a lot, learn about the world, come home, and help the United States fit better into this ever-smaller planet. He also believes that America's current stand on world trade and the environment is in the world minority, and that the world's well-being depends on travel so we can understand other countries' policies on these issues. Learn more about Rick's social activism.

In the News

Rick and His Business

Time Magazine

Rick Steves: The Traveler's Aid

60 Minutes

CBS followed Rick while he researched his guidebook series in 2005

The New York Times Magazine

A profile of Rick conducting guidebook research in Europe

USA Today

Rick Steves has the inside track to Europe

Puget Sound Business Journal

Rick Steves' travel empire is moving as fast as a Europe-bound 747

Updating a Rick Steves Guidebook (4-minute video clip)

Rick gives us a peek at what it takes to update his guidebooks.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Outspoken Travel Guru Rooted in Edmonds


Travel as a Political Act

Wall Street Journal

Rick’s plan for a better world:  more travel

USA Today

Rick provides 10 great places to challenge American assumptions


Rick gets uncomfortable in “Travel As A Political Act”

Budget Travel

#BTReads: Rick Steves's 'Travel as a Political Act'

Chicago Tribune

Rick Steves: One of the most thoughtful travel writers today

Writer's Digest

Write Like Rick Steves: Travel Writer Extraordinaire

USA Today

Rick writes an op-ed about how travel helps gain global perspective

The Seattle Times

Rick comments on recent elections in Iran

The Costco Connection

Travel guru Rick Steves says travel with an open mind and think globally

Book Slut

G is for Geopolitical: Rick Steves Revealed

Interview with Rick Steves: 'Travel as a Political Act'

Seattle Times

The World According to Rick Steves

Faithful Travel with Rick Steves (10-minute TV interview)

Learn why Rick is dedicated to thoughtful travel

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Rick talks about how Europe perceives the United States

The Seattle Times

Rick writes an op-ed about what he sees as the real threat to U.S. security

The Seattle Times

Rick writes an op-ed about global warming

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Outspoken Travel Guru Rooted in Edmonds

The Seattle Times

Rick writes an op-ed about what he sees as the real threat to U.S. security


Drug Policy Reform

Rolling Stone

Mr. Steves goes to Washington – to talk drug policy

The Marijuana Times

Rick briefs members of Congress on marijuana law reform

Houston Chronicle

Rick Steves offers a European take on America’s drug war

Seattle Hempfest

Rick sums up his drug policy views in this 8-min video

New York Times

Fresh ideas on a tired crusade

Los Angeles Times

Rick’s op-ed on “Europe: Curing, Not Punishing Addicts”

University of Washington

Listen to Rick’s speech on drug policy

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Rick Steves’ writes on “We need to get smart about marijuana”

Huffington Post

Rick's LA Times op-ed listed as one of the "Top 10 Reasons for Optimism"

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Travel guru stands firm on war and weed


Rick's Products & Travel Advice


Rick's guidebooks endorsed

USA Today

Rick writes an op-ed about why a weaker dollar can actually give you a richer travel experience

Washington Post

Rick Steves, Through the Front Door