• Rick Steves with tapas

May Travel News

Hi from Rick: Travel Thrills Ibérico

As I write this, I'm flying to Madrid, kicking off my annual 100 days of European travel — and I can't wait to sink my teeth into a little travel thrills ibérico!

Each year since I was a kid, spring has been the time to hit the Mediterranean road. While the theme of 2022 was "getting back to travel," this year I'm finally doing what the pandemic forced me to cancel. In fact, each of my planned 2023 trips are what I had set up in early 2020.

First up, in May I'll be updating our guidebooks in Spain and France, with a quick visit to Morocco. I just can't wait to marvel at exquisite Moorish palaces, hike to towers above fortified villages along "the route of the pueblos blancos," enjoy the heady atmosphere and sizzling taste treats of a tapas bar crawl, and then dive into my ritual salade niçoise in its hometown… Read more

In this issue

Tip of the Month: Packing Smart

The importance of packing light cannot be overemphasized, but, for your good, I'll try. You'll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags: "Every year I pack heavier." You can't travel heavy… Read more

London Yeoman

Sightseeing the Coronation

On May 6, for the first time in nearly 70 years, the United Kingdom coronates a new monarch. And regardless of how you feel about the new king (and whether you're on "Team Harry and Meghan" or "Team Charles")… Read more

Hairy coo & Cameron Hewitt

Cameron's Blog: Where Do You Find the "Wow" in Your Travels?

Have you noticed that those magical "wow" moments are often between the big stops on your itinerary? Cameron Hewitt considers why…and how we can find (or create) more of those moments in our travels… Read more

Rick Steves, Martin Sheen, Emilio Esteves

Video of the Month: Sneak Peek at "The Way"

On May 16, Rick hits the big screen in the re-release of The Way, a movie about walking the Camino de Santiago starring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. Here's a sneak peek at the show… Watch video

MNT: "Wow" episode

Monday Night Travel in May

This May on Monday Night Travel, we'll reveal Europe's top 10 "wow" moments from Rick Steves tour members, explore the natural beauty of Costa Rica, and take a trip to charming Bruges… Register

San Sebastian coastline

Slideshow: Basque Country of Spain & France

Straddling the modern-day borders of Spain and France is one of Europe's most ancient, independent-thinking regions. Starting in Bayonne and ending in Bilbao, Rick Steves' Basque Country tour… Read more

Climate Smart Partner Spotlight: Agros

Agros received a 2023 Climate Smart Commitment grant for $250,000. In the upcoming year, our donation will help Agros build an agribusiness incubator in La Bendición, Nicaragua, that will teach farmers… Read more