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January Travel News

Hi from Rick: Happy New Year Travels…Sooner or Later

One year ago, as I happily said goodbye to 2020, I hoped — and expected — that the pandemic would be a distant memory by 2022. But COVID had other plans.

And yet, despite Omicron and the winter surge, I remain optimistic. That's based partly on my belief that this latest variant is another necessary step in society's road back to some kind of normalcy. And it's because of the two wonderful trips I enjoyed in Europe in the fall of 2021. Being back in Europe filled me with hope. And I believe that in 2022 — sooner or later — many of us will be traveling again.

On my recent travels, from Athens to the Alps and Rome to Paris, I was struck by how normal things felt. I saw societies adapting in smart, pragmatic, and compassionate ways to manage risk while getting back to enjoying life… Read more

In this issue

Rick in downtown Edmonds, Washington

Keeping Up with Rick: It's a New Year

Follow along as Rick discusses his newfound love of hiking, swaps travel-writing tricks with author Paul Theroux, kicks off another fun year of Monday Night Travel, and shares his New Year's… Read more

Nürnberg, Germany

Travel Tip: When to Go to Europe

Some people have flexible enough jobs and lifestyles to cherry-pick when to take their vacations, but many others have less choice. Fortunately, Europe welcomes visitors 365 days a year — and each… Read more

Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Magic Moments in Europe

Smart budget travel isn't just about saving money — it's about maximizing your experience. Let Rick stoke your travel dreams by sharing some of his favorite European experiences from several decades… Read more


Cameron's Blog: 10 European Travel Resolutions for 2022

Heading to Europe in 2022? Cameron Hewitt suggests some travel resolutions for the new year, such as finally going to that place you've always dreamed of (a.k.a. Revenge Travel)… Read more


Video of the Month: Why We Travel

Have you ever pondered why you travel? In this clip from Rick's 30-minute episode exploring the reasons why he travels, Rick celebrates the fun and excitement we experience on the road visiting new… Watch the video


This Month on Monday Night Travel

Join Rick on January 10 as he welcomes Samantha Brown back for an evening dedicated to smart travel skills and Andy Steves joins his dad on January 17 to share his adventures in colorful Colombia… Read more

Couple on Charles Bridge

Slideshow: Best of Prague & Budapest Tour

What's better than touring a great city in the Rick Steves style? Being thrilled by two in the same trip! Rick Steves' Best of Prague & Budapest in 8 Days tour brings together two of Eastern Europe's… Read more