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,  England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine. Outside of Europe: Egypt.

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, and Wales.

Perfect travel day: My perfect travel day begins and ends in York, England. I start with a Fat Rascal scone and rose petal tea at Betty's Tea Shop then walk it off by circling the Old Town along the city's medieval walls. If it's spring, the hills slumped climbing up the walls will be glowing 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 Studley Royal Water Garden, and read late into the afternoon. 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: Streetwise Maps — As much as I love getting lost in a new city, I also enjoy eventually finding my way again! Streetwise Maps are waterproof, tearproof city maps that are detailed enough for even the most directionally challenged traveler. (I know, because that traveler is me!)


Jennifer

Her travels in Europe include Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, 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 starts with going to the local bakery for fresh bread and coffee, joining a walking tour to explore a new neighborhood, picking up a picnic lunch at Harrods or Mark & Spencers, shopping at Primark with my teenagers, visiting a new museum, dinner out (hopefully Indian or Asian), and ending the day at the theater going to a musical.

Favorite travel product: Hide-Away Tote — It holds so much and keeps my 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, New Zealand, 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, Switzerland,  Vatican City, and Wales. Outside of Europe: Thailand, New Zealand.

Perfect travel day: My perfect travel starts with an early morning jog through Hyde Park followed by a full English Breakfast. I would then catch the train out the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour to check out the behind the scenes sets that brought so much magic to the Harry Potter movies. After the Studio tour, I would train back into Central London and catch the double decker Afternoon Tea Tour through London. Once I am full of cucumber sandwiches, scones and tea, I would either, take the tube to the Imperial War Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum or walk to the Churchill War Rooms. Dinner at Dishoom, followed by a West End play, like Hamilton, The King & I or Les Mis, to finish off the full day.

Favorite travel product: Packing Cubes


Mary

Traveled to Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, 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, Bulgaria, 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