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November Travel News

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

In this issue

Girl with London Guidebook

Tips on Researching Your Trip

Europe is always changing, and it's essential to plan and travel with the most up-to-date information. Study before you go. Guidebooks, maps, travel apps, and websites are all key resources in getting started… Read more


Kraków: The Heart and Soul of Poland

I like to think of Kraków — located in the southern region of perhaps Europe's most underappreciated country — as the Boston of Poland. It's a charming, vital city with a strong sense of history… Read more

A sample trip itinerary

Video of the Month: Planning Your Itinerary

Join Rick in Siena as he shares his tips on planning the best itinerary for your trip — from dreaming about your destination wish list to the nuts and bolts of considering transportation between stops… Watch video

Where to stay

Cameron’s Travels: Where to Stay in Europe’s Best Neighborhoods

You're heading to Europe. You've chosen your destinations. Now you're starting to daydream about your chance to be a temporary Londoner, Parisian, or Roman. The next question: Where should you stay?… Read more


Monday Nights in November

Join us this month for fresh fall trip reports on Italy with tour guide Colleen Schaffer, Morocco with Rick Steves, and Norway, Ireland, Iceland, and Poland with guidebook co-author Cameron Hewitt… Register

Couple on bridge in Gdansk

Slideshow: Best of Poland, Day by Day

With an expert Rick Steves guide at your side, you'll experience the colorful port city of Gdańsk, mighty Malbork Castle, the cobbly-cute village of Toruń, Poland's contemporary capital of Warsaw… Read more

Climate Smart Partner Spotlight: Citizens’ Climate Education

Our $50,000 grant strengthens CCE's nationwide coalition of climate advocates and helps them create a powerful counterweight to paid lobbyists advocating for the fossil fuel industry… Read more