Rick Steves' Europe / Travel & Leisure

Thriving in Europe's most expensive cities

Mastery of Europe's major cities -- Rome, Paris, London, Vienna -- is the mark of a good traveler. There are plenty of ways to thrive in big European cities without going broke. FREEBIES: Smart travelers know where they can get in for free.

The Peloponnese: Greece's unspoiled escape

While most travelers to Greece head for the islands, I head for the hills -- the mountains and valleys of the Peloponnese. Start with the Mani Peninsula -- the southern tip of the Peloponnese -- empty and wild like a landscape in a Hollywood ...

Travel as a political act

The great value of travel is the opportunity it offers you to pry open your hometown blinders and broaden your perspective. Get out of your comfort zone: Choose Managua over Mazatlan or Turkey over Greece.