September Travel News

Hi from Rick: Under-the-Chestnut-Tree Moments

Earlier this summer, I was with my TV crew in the small town of Hall, Austria. After a long day of filming, we relaxed back at our hotel — enjoying new friends, tasty Spätzle, and the folk tunes of the local brass band — all under a chestnut tree that had hosted a century of such gatherings. I was struck by how much joy there was simply enjoying the moment in the shade of that big tree. In fact, my cameraman, Karel, felt the urge to get up and join the locals in a waltz. (Karel and I have traveled together for decades…and I've never seen him dance.)

Europe specializes in moments like these. And to capture them is the challenge of a good traveler.

I’m just home from a busy summer of travel: guidebook research in England and Scotland, and filming three new TV episodes… Read more

In this issue

Spain's Tasty Tapas

I never tire of tapas. Sure, you can find them in some American cities, but for the true tapas experience, you must go to Spain. The experience is like an… Read more

Bratislava: Slovakia's Capital Makes a Remarkable Comeback

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and once a nearly desolate ghost town, is one of the big surprises of my recent travels. Its compact old town bursts with colorfully… Read more

Cameron's Blog: 10 More Europe Travel Hacks

Cameron Hewitt shares his favorite travel hacks, tips, and insights: How to avoid long lines at major sights, save on ATM fees, dry out a wet swimsuit, find a seat… Read more

Video of the Month: Leaving America Makes Americans Better

In this animated interview, Rick explains how to become an "activated citizen," what's so exceptional about American exceptionalism, and why a world in which people get out… Watch the video

Forum Discussion: Best Christmas Markets

Heading to Europe over the holidays? Jane from Tennessee asks for recommendations on Europe's best Christmas markets, and travelers weigh in with their favorites… Read more

App Bite of the Month: Slovenian Cuisine

Slovenian tour guides describe the comfort foods of their homeland, where the culinary influences of neighboring countries add variety to the menu… Hear the track

Listen to Rick Steves Over Brunch

Rick chats with the hosts of the "Rick Steves Over Brunch" podcast about avoiding lines, the ethics of traveling in the era of climate change, and more… Download the episode

Save $100 on 2020 Tours!

Dreaming of Greece, Italy, Ireland, or France in 2020? Book any 2020 tour now and save $100 per-person. But hurry! It's only for a limited time… Read more