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February Travel News

Hi from Rick: Good Guidebooks = Good Travels

If you're heading to Europe in 2024, it's prime time to make your plans: figuring out an itinerary, booking flights and accommodations, and weaving together vivid experiences and unforgettable meals. And after all these years — even in an age of e-books, artificial intelligence, and social media influencers — a good guidebook remains your key to planning and enjoying a great trip.

Guidebooks are as practical as ever — and as popular. And I'm proud that in the US, for most European destinations, our Rick Steves books outsell the competition combined. (I get a rush every time I see the sales charts, which celebrate how our hardworking guidebook team produces the bestselling travel books in the US.)

A Rick Steves guidebook is not a dry bundle of data; it's a lovingly researched, designed, and updated "tour guide in your pocket." Our goal: When you use one of our books, you'll find it smart and insightful… Read more

In this issue

Circling locations on a map of Europe

Tip of the Month: Itinerary Planning

Turning a wish list into a day-by-day itinerary for your European vacation isn't just smart, it's fun. Filling in the blanks between the flight out and the flight home is one of the more pleasurable… Read more


Nature Rules in England’s Lake District

For more than a century, North England's verdant, hilly Lake District has attracted nature lovers. The great poet Wordsworth lived, trekked, and was inspired here. Whether you're a serious hiker… Read more

Rick Steves, Martin Sheen, Emilio Esteves

Rick Steves and Martin Sheen on the Value of Travel

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez join Rick for a conversation about the transformative value of pilgrimage travel. This bonus footage is featured in the re-release of their movie, The WayWatch video


Cameron’s Blog: A Day in the Life of a Guidebook Writer

If you've ever been curious about what it's really like to be a guidebook writer, Rick's co-author Cameron Hewitt shares an account of what goes into researching and writing Rick Steves guidebooks… Read more

Coming Up on Monday Night Travel

Join Rick and Gene on Feb. 5 as they give the inside scoop on 50 years of Rick Steves' Europe and talk about Gene's new book, Michelangelo at Midlife. Plus, Scottish islands and more on Monday Night Travel… Register

Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany

Slideshow: Rick’s Top 10 “Best of Europe” Tour Experiences

The thing I love most about our original Best of Europe in 21 Days tour is how it laces together so many of my favorite places and experiences in Europe. In fact, it's a natural for a top 10 list… Read more