April Travel News

Hi from Rick: Olá Portugal!

Olá from Portugal! As I write this I'm in Lisbon — wearing my favorite t-shirt — enjoying a tasty bucket of clams with my beer as I sort through the local cuisine.

I've been in Europe just one day (59 to go) and it's great to be settling in with my guidebook research. Here in Lisbon, venerable market halls are becoming food circuses for gourmets. Three-wheeled "tuk tuks" (like those in India) are rivaling local taxis. A leftist coalition is in power but reluctantly ruling within the austerity limits placed on it by the EU. And, with greater affluence, grim and dicey neighborhoods (like Cais do Sodré and Intendente) are being reinvented as fun and trendy… Read more

In this issue


Terrorism: What's the Smart Response?

The harder our society struggles against terrorism, the worse it gets. Like a toy finger trap, it's exasperating. So what's the smart response?… Read more


Slideshow: A "Keep on Travelin'" Gallery

Our Keep on Travelin' T-shirt has been popping up far and wide. Starting with a happy Best of Turkey tour member, here's a gallery of a dozen sightings… Read more


What's New in Great Britain and Ireland for 2016

The British Isles seem to have a special knack for making the most of their heritage and sharing it with the world in an engaging way. This year, as ever, those behind the scenes are working… Read more


10 Things to Do in Scotland

To celebrate the addition of Rick Steves Scotland to our guidebook family, here is co-author Cameron Hewitt's list of his favorite experiences…and tips for incorporating them into your own travels… Read more


Guest Blog: Sarah's On the Road Again

Tour guide Sarah Murdoch is back to share more travel tips learned from 16 seasons on the road. Join Sarah as she embarks on her 2016 touring season, and falls in love with Europe all over again… Read more


Paris Train Pickpocket-in-Training

Thought I would share a story of an attempted pickpocketing in Paris involving what I think was a training exercise. I was on the Métro. At the Concorde station two young girls (12–14) got on… Read more


Video of the Month: Rick's New "Best Of" Guidebooks

Rick's new Best of Spain guidebook has just arrived — the first in a brand-new, full-color series of "Best Of" guidebooks. How are these different from Rick's other guidebooks, and which is the… Watch the video


30 Tours on Sale Now!

Rick Steves tours are always a great value, and once in a while it gets even better! Now you can save up to $400 per seat on 30 of our upcoming tour departures, while they last… See what's on sale