Meet Our Travel Advisors

Whether you need help picking the perfect hotel in Paris, or choosing just the right travel gear, our expert team of Travel Advisors has just the right suggestion. With a combined 50+ years of working and traveling for Rick Steves, we know Europe frontward and backward. Discover what makes our Travel Advisors the best in the business!


Ben

His travels in Europe include Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Ukraine.

Perfect travel day: A morning jaunt through Rynek Glowny, Kraków's main square, to grab a local obwarzanki bagel and wander through the area as kids chase pigeons and artists display their wares. Later, a delicious lunch at Restauracja Padre is followed by a walk through a new, undiscovered part of the city and an evening hike to Kościuszko Mound to take in a beautiful sunset. If energy remains, a trip to Pijalnia Wódki I Piwa for a few vodka shots with friends rounds out an eventful day.

Favorite travel product: Travel as a Political Act — Rick discusses the powerful impact travel has on one's perspective


Gabe

His travels in Europe include Belgium, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Vatican City, and Wales.

Perfect travel day: My perfect travel day begins and ends in York, England. I start with a Fat Rascal scone at Betty's Tea Shop then walk it off by pacing the city's medieval walls. If it's spring, the hills along the walls will be lit with daffodils. In the afternoon, I drive to Fountains Abbey and clamber on the ruins of the whitewashed Cistercian monastery. I'll then walk along the River Skell, lay out a picnic lunch on the manicured lawns of the Royal Water Garden, and read the afternoon away. In the evening, I'll return to York for an evensong service at the York Minster cathedral then walk a couple minutes down the road to enjoy a pint of the Centurion's Ghost Ale at the Three-Legged Mare.

Favorite travel product: Red Maps — As much as I love getting lost in a new city, I also enjoy eventually finding my way again! Red Maps are waterproof, tearproof city maps that are detailed enough for even the most directionally challenged travelers.


Jennifer

Her travels in Europe include Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and Wales. She has also traveled to Peru, Honduras, Belize, French Polynesia, and Mexico.

Perfect travel day: My perfect day involves sleeping in and going to the local bakery, a walking tour, picking up a picnic lunch at Harrods or Mark & Spencers, shopping at H&M, getting a spa treatment, dinner out without kids, and ending the day at the theater going to a musical.

Favorite travel product: Hide-Away Tote — It holds so much and keeps my H&M purchases safe — I wouldn't travel without it


Julianne

Her travels in Europe include the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Spain. She has also been to Canada and Mexico.

Perfect travel day: Heading to the French countryside after spending a couple of days in Paris. I'd spend time with friends playing cards, cooking dinners, and enjoying the evening sun. While watching the fire die down we can discuss what we saw in the Louvre or the delicious jambon fromage crêpe we munched on in the Quartier Latin. If someone pulls out a guitar, all the better!

Favorite travel product: The Picnic Set or the Travel Sewing Kit — It's always nice to be prepared to eat some cheese or patch some clothing.


Kaitlin

Her travels include Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Spain, Thailand, Vatican City, and Wales.

Perfect travel day: My perfect travel day starts waking up on a sailboat off the coast of Croatia surrounded by close friends. While sailing to the next island, I relax reading a book and listening to the sound of surfacing dolphins as waves softly crash against the boat. We stop in one of Croatia's many picturesque coves for a salty swim, and then enjoy a delicious picnic-style lunch with meats, cheeses, breads, and olive oil. Once docked, we ride rented motorbikes to the secluded beaches on the other side of the island. The night ends at a family-owned restaurant watching a breathtaking Croatian sunset spread across the sky, as we enjoy the local wine and a classic Croatian feast.

Favorite travel product: Packing Cubes


Mary

Traveled to Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey. Outside Europe, Mary's also been to Canada, Colombia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.

Perfect travel day: For me, that would include one or more of the following: Italian coffee, freshly made crêpes, a walking tour with a good local guide, hiking in the French, Swiss, or Italian Alps (or a hike + swim at the calanques of Cassis), an aperitif at an outdoor café, chatting with locals over dinner at a restaurant with long communal tables, and an evening bike ride along the Seine.

Favorite travel product: Velocé Guide Bag for iPad


Stefanie

Her travels in Europe include Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey. Some of her other travels include Argentina, Australia, the Caribbean, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Egypt, Fiji, Guam, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tahiti, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

Perfect travel day: Exploring the caves, cafés, and bougainvillea-lined backstreets of Crete, followed by an al fresco feast of Greek salad, olives, fava beans, dolmades, and stuffed peppers at a cliffside restaurant overlooking Rethymno's Fortezza — sun setting over the Mediterranean Sea as dramatic backdrop.

Favorite travel product: Europe 101: History & Art for the Traveler book