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  • Rick on a Night Watchman tour in Rothenburg, Germany

July Travel News

Hi from Rick: A Lifetime of Travel Adventures

When a traveler encounters challenges, they can choose whether to get angry and give up — or make the most of changing circumstances. And for us, 2020 has been a doozy: The coronavirus pandemic is, once again, picking up steam in the US; nationwide protests have reminded us how much work we still have to do in addressing racial inequity; and Americans are still not traveling in Europe, leading us to cancel all of our tours through the end of 2020.

And yet, I find that I'm busier than ever, charging ahead on projects that fulfill our mission of preaching the joy and importance of travel. These days, I'm fully focused on my brand-new book: For the Love of Europe (available now from your favorite bookseller).

This book shares my favorite memories from a lifetime of adventures in 100 vivid and intimate essays. Capturing all this travel fun… Read more

In this issue

For the Love of Europe book cover

Rick’s Newest Book is Here!

For the Love of Europe collects 100 of Rick's favorite memories from a lifetime of overseas adventures, giving travel dreamers a fun-to-read, greatest-hits collection of Europe's most exciting… Read more

Flags in Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Explore the Guides’ Marketplace

Even under lockdown, our talented guides haven't stopped teaching. We're sharing their creative products and services with everyone who's hungry for "travel experiences" in our new Guides' Marketplace… Read more

Rick with a beer stein

Download a Rick Steves Zoom Background

Take a virtual trip to Europe on your next video call with free backgrounds of some of Rick's favorite places in Europe, including Rick with a mug of beer in Rothenberg and dancing in an alpine meadow… Read more

Kirkjufell horses in Iceland

Cameron’s Blog: How the Coronavirus is Changing European Travel for Americans

As Europe reopens, Americans are still at home. Cameron Hewitt offers a midyear snapshot of how European travel is changing — and why we may need to wait to return to our favorite continent… Read more

Couple reading Pocket London guidebook

Travel Tip of the Month: Creating Your Trip Itinerary

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 parts… Read more

Restaurant on Lake Como, Varenna, Italy

Video of the Month: Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como — lined with palm trees and elegant pastel-colored villas, crowned by snowcapped mountains, and crisscrossed by a fleet of ferries — is a great place to take a break from the intensity of… Watch the video

Sunset on the Seine, Paris, France

App Bite of the Month: Love Affair with the Seine

Elaine Sciolinio, author of The Seine: The River That Made Paris, explains how the legendary Seine made Paris into one of the world's most vital and romantic cities… Hear the track