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December Travel News

Hi from Rick: Tinseled Memories and Future Travels

Christmas is a time when we gather together, get cozy, be thankful, feel nostalgic, and celebrate. For me, it's also a time to pause, focus on our blessings and our friends and family, and to praise God.

But Christmas 2020 will be a challenge, as much of that holly jolly and fun-loving mistletoe will have to be virtual, and "over the river and through the woods" will mean another Zoom gathering. But it's also a time when I'm thankful for Christmas memories on the road.

I'm blessed to have many wonderful Christmas memories: from attending midnight Mass at the Vatican on Christmas Eve (on what happened to be Pope John Paul II's last Christmas), to walking through the mesmerizing aisles of Germany's greatest Christmas market while cupping a big mug of hot spiced wine, to spending…Read more

In this issue

St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy

There’s No Place Like Rome for the Holidays

I find the holiday season in Rome a joy: crisp air, stylish big-city Italians cupping hot cappuccino in corner cafés, and hurried shoppers bundled up with panache, thoughtfully pausing at grand… Read more

Cameron’s Blog: Christmas in Switzerland

Join Cameron Hewitt in celebrating a traditional Christmas in the Swiss Alps — with Christmas markets, cheese fondue, new-fallen snow, and live candles on the tree in the village church… Read more

Shop Our Annual Holiday Sale

Our annual holiday sale is here! Stock up on gear for future trips or find the perfect gift for the traveler in your life. Enjoy savings of up to 50% storewide, plus free shipping… Shop now

Ice skating at the Somerset House, London, England

Video of the Month: Christmas in London

London offers Christmas fun fit for a queen and streets twinkling with joy. Buildings and shops are dressed in their holiday best, elaborate light displays illuminate store windows on major shopping… Watch video

Lady with her bags in Vernazza, Italy

Travel Tip of the Month: Choosing the Best Travel Bag

A fundamental packing question is your choice of luggage. Of all the options for travel bags, I'd only consider four… Read more

Turkish delights, Turkey

App Bite of the Month: Turkish Delights

Join Rick Steves and guides Lale Surmen Aran and Yaren Türkoğlu in learning about the traditional Turkish comfort foods and desserts that you can enjoy from the shops and street vendors of Istanbul… Hear the track

Norwegian stew

Guides’ Marketplace: Check Out Our Picks of the Week

From cooking a traditional Norwegian stew called Fårikål, to foraging for fungi in Slovenia, to meandering through Paris' Luxembourg Gardens, check out our marketplace picks of the week… Read more