June Travel News

Hi from Rick: A Global Perspective

Dear Traveler,

Last month I was in a grass hut in Ethiopia — no running water, no electricity, fire on a dirt floor…harsh sunlight cutting through the doorway into a dark, smoke-filled interior that housed a woman, three lethargic children, and a big cow. No one seemed to notice the hot pile of manure.

I was filming our upcoming one-hour TV special, "Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Guatemala and Ethiopia." While that scene showed the hunger, most of what we saw and will report on was the hope. (Stay tuned — the show will be out for Thanksgiving.)

The lessons I learn from my travels (whether in Ethiopia, Estonia, or España) always seem to come with a surprising twist. The twist in that case — while studying hunger — was seeing first hand how climate change is hitting the poorest people in the… Read more

In this issue


10 Tips for Environmentally Friendly Travel

As travelers, we need to do our part to address climate change. Here are 10 things you can do to curb your carbon footprint… Read more


Cameron's Blog: How to Avoid Long Lines in Europe

Cameron Hewitt's fresh-from-the-rucksack tips for beating the lines at great sights in London, Paris, Rome, and beyond… Read more


Souvenir Shopping in Europe? Lighten Up

Shopping in Europe can be fun, but don't let it overwhelm your trip. On one guided tour of the British Houses of Parliament I saw… Read more


Video of the Month: The Natural Beauty of Lake Bled, Slovenia

Nestled in Slovenia's Julian Alps, Lake Bled comes complete with a sweeping mountain panorama, a cliff-hanging castle, and… Watch the video


Forum Discussion: Paper vs. iPad

Which do you prefer? Jen from Minnesota asks if it's "still necessary to print out travel docs on paper, or can I save weight by just trusting my iPad"… Read more


App Bite of the Month: Walking Europe

The author of "Explore Europe on Foot" explains how to enjoy a quieter side of Europe from its many long-distance hiking trails… Hear the track


'Early Release' 2020 Tours Now Available!

We know you've been waiting for the first 2020 tour dates to be released…and now they're here! See departures and itineraries for 20 tours… Book now