Hi from Rick: Early Planning Pays Off
As my very busy year of travels winds down (I just flew home from a great little trip to Morocco the other night), many travelers are already looking ahead to their next adventure — and so am I.
These days, when we make reservations for more than a thousand Rick Steves tour departures, we find that Europe is more popular — and more crowded — than ever. People often ask for my top crowd-beating tips. One of them is "don't just follow the crowds." Another is, simply, get an early start with your planning.
Some of my favorite mom-and-pop hotels and restaurants, all over Europe, love hosting our travelers. Lately, they've been telling me that things are very seasonal and during the peak months, they're filling up several months out… Read more