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Rick Steves, Travel and COVID-19 Press Room

  • A Message from Rick Steves

    Travel is effectively off-limits for the time being. I'm home, doing my part to slow the spread of COVID-19…and dreaming of my next trip to one of Europe's greatest cities. Many of you have been curious to know what I've been up to while staying at home. Here you can read my most recent thoughts on the crisis and travel, find photos and videos of me during quarantine, links to recent interviews, and fun ways to keep you and your family inspired and encouraged during this unprecedented time.

    If you'd like to interview Rick Steves, please email pr@ricksteves.com.

Rick In the News

Forbes
For the Love of Europe: Travel expert Rick Steves talks coronavirus and business ethics. Plus, why you'll want to read his enticing new book

Travel + Leisure
Rick Steves' Travel Empire Is on Hold so He's Paying His Employees to Serve Their Communities

King 5
Travel Expert Rick Steves Keeps Edmonds staff employed with assignments to help the community

The Atlantic
I'm Traveling, Even Though I'm Stuck at Home

TIME
America's Travel Guru Rick Steves Talks About Staying in One Place, What America Is Getting Wrong, and Dreaming of Escargots

The Daily — The New York Times
A Bit of Relief: Rick Steves' Travel Dreams

The Seattle Times
Rick Steves finds unexpected joy amid travel standstill, and vows to keep staff working

WGBH
Travel Expert Rick Steves Pays His Staff Out Of Pocket As Travel Shuts Down Worldwide

The Washington Post
Rick Steves, Samantha Brown, Phil Keoghan and other travel pros reflect on being grounded

The New York Times
Traveling by Ear: 13 Podcasts for Wandering Souls

Los Angeles Times
When can we travel again? Experts share their predictions

USA Today
10 travel shows and movies to avoid coronavirus cabin fever

GQ
Rick Steves Is Learning to Cook and Enjoying Every Sunset

Newsweek
Wanderlust Stricken, But Stuck at Home? The 10 Best Travel Shows to Watch Now

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Rick Steves and quarantine partner, Shelley Bryan Wee, with their dogs and a very quiet hometown.

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Rick Steves realizing there’s no place to get a haircut in his shuttered hometown of Edmonds, Washington.

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Rick Steves in his shuttered hometown (Edmonds, Washington) trying something new: staying home and walking the dogs.

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Rick Steves is not in Europe for the first time in 30 years—learning there’s more to life than travel... like cooking.

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Rick Steves celebrating a fine meal with his quarantine partner and cooking coach, Shelley Bryan Wee.

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Rick Steves and his quarantine partner, Shelley Bryan Wee, with nothing on the calendar and two dogs who think that is just fine.

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For Rick Steves, polishing off old passions — like playing the piano — is a great way to make this quarantine more livable.

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For Rick Steves, polishing off old passions — like playing the piano — is a great way to make this quarantine more livable.

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For Rick Steves, polishing off old passions — like playing the piano — is a great way to make this quarantine more livable.

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Longing for a little bit of Europe, Rick sets up a tiny table at his WC and tries to charge users for a few sheets of toilet paper.

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Longing for a little bit of Europe, Rick sets up a tiny table at his WC and tries to charge users for a few sheets of toilet paper.

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Rick Steves learning there's more to life than European travel…like cuddling with Gracie.

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Watch Videos

  • Before Rick became America's leading authority on European travel, he financed his trips to Europe by teaching piano. Watch this 3-minute piano lesson from Rick and learn how to make lots of creative joy at the keyboard: Rick the Piano Teacher

Rick Steves' Europe Bingo

Here's how to play Rick Steves' Europe Bingo:
  • Download and print the bingo cards.
  • Stream any episode of the Rick Steves' Europe TV show (also available on YouTube).
  • Each time Rick says or does something mentioned in a square, mark it off. (Tip: You may need to watch more than one show.)

This Bingo card also works well as a drinking game. Ideally, pour a glass of wine or beer and set out some munchies from the country you're "traveling" to and take a swig for each square as it's covered. After two episodes, you won't know where you are.

"No-Travel" Tips Poster

Homebound and missing Europe? Here are Rick's top 20 "no-travel" tips as a free and fun poster to cleverly bring a little of that European travel joy into our quarantine world. 

Download the 8½"x 11" poster PDF