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January Travel News

Hi from Rick: Here’s to Travel in 2021

Happy New Year! You might respond, "It can't get much less happy." Well, my resolution for 2021 is to learn from 2020.

Now that we have vaccines, a president-elect who respects science, and good reason to expect the travel industry will begin its recovery in 2021, I'm feeling pretty good…confident that soon, this pandemic will be in our rearview mirror.

As a new year dawns, I'm also confident enough that I'm allowing myself to dream about where I'll travel first. While I can't do them all this year, here are the five trips I'd like to take once it's safe to travel again:

1. Having spent most of my adult life experiencing the travel thrills of Europe and then sharing lessons learned, I'd love to take a "20 cities in 20 days" road trip lecture tour across the US. I'd lace together…Read more

In this issue

Seljalandsfoss waterfall, South Coast, Iceland

Experiencing Iceland’s Raw Beauty

Iceland, with cinematic scenery showcasing nature in its rawest form, thrills outdoorsy travelers. Its fascinating landscape, from rugged coasts to steaming volcanoes and craggy glaciers, offers… Read more

Puente de la Reina, Camino de Santiago, Spain

Cameron’s Blog: 10 European Discoveries for 2021

It's beginning to feel like 2021 may bring the "return to normal" — and the return to travel — that we all crave. It's too early to begin planning trips, but it's never too early to dream. So… Read more

The Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

Video of the Month: Zermatt

The alpine resort town of Zermatt is hugely popular among skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer. Nestled at the foot of the Matterhorn, and home base for several steep mountain lifts… Watch video

Happy riders on a tour bus, France

Travel Tip of the Month: Comparing European Bus Tours

Taking a bus tour can be a good choice if your European vacation time is limited — but you'll want to carefully consider your options before signing up. Offerings range from… Read more

App Bite of the Month: Art of Rome

Tour guide Francesca Caruso shares advice on how to navigate Rome's ancient sights, where viewing more than 2,000 years of history can teach us a few things about… Hear the track


Monday Night Travel Lineup for January

Join Rick's live Monday Night Travel party featuring fun weekly events — next up: Italy's Cinque Terre, Island Hopping, and The Making of Rick Steves' Europe… Register here

Guides’ Marketplace: Picks of the Week

Learn about January's saints, what makes a fine Italian wine, how to navigate Norway's Atlantic Road, and more in our marketplace picks… Read more