October Travel News

Hi from Rick: Hurdling Europe’s Language Barrier

Careening through the streets of Rome, my taxi driver was going way too fast. So I said: "Se non rallenta, vomito" (If you don't slow down, I'll vomit). Worked like a charm.

Sometimes, knowing just the right words can help you hurdle Europe's language barrier. Food wonderful in Paris? Call the waiter over and say, "Félicitations au chef" (My compliments to the chef). Fall in love with a German at the beach? You can whisper "Du bist meine schönste Erinnerung" (You are my most beautiful souvenir). Ordering gelato in Italy and want to get a tasty combo? Try "Che si sposano bene?" (Which flavors marry well?)

While it's nothing to brag about, I speak only English. And yet, I've designed a series of European phrase books. That takes a lot of nerve for a monoglot like me. But I believe… Read more

In this issue

Meet Our Climate Smart Grant Recipients

We're excited to announce the recipients of our 2019 Climate Smart Commitment grants. Each year, we'll invest $30 per tour member in organizations that are fighting climate change… Read more

Tivoli: Still Rome’s Great Escape, 2,000 Years Later

When I'm visiting Rome, I like to travel about 18 miles east to the hill town of Tivoli, a popular retreat since ancient times. Today it's famous for two very different villas: Hadrian's Villa, a Roman emperor's… Read more

Czeching Out Prague’s Top Day Trips

Few cities can match Prague's over-the-top romance, evocative Old-World charm…or its tourist crowds. To escape the masses and experience more of the real Czech Republic, take a bus or train ride… Read more

Cameron’s Blog: All Alone in the Alps

Cameron Hewitt takes you along on an end-of-summer hike in the Swiss Alps, above Gimmelwald's rooftops: mile-high meadows, lonesome cows, hardworking farmers, and rustic mountain cheese… Read more

Video of the Month: Travel Smoothly with Rick Steves Phrase Books

Over decades of travel, Rick has learned which words and phrases are most helpful on the road. In this clip, he shares how his German phrase book helped him order a tasty alpine breakfast in Austria's Tirol… Watch the video

Forum Discussion: Il conto, per favore!

Dav in Virginia writes, "What is the trick for signaling to wait staff that you are ready for the check? I have been told that in Europe the staff anticipate that people will linger over a meal longer…" Read more


App Bite of the Month: Unwritten Rules of French

French authors Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoit Nadeau discuss the intricacies of the French language and how it connects with French culture… Hear the track

Save $100 on 2020 Tours!

Dreaming of Europe in 2020? Book any 2020 tour now and save $100 per person. But hurry! It's only for a limited time… Read more