Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe due to the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here's one of my favorite European activities -- a tasty reminder of what's waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.
As a budget traveler, there's no better experience than a picnic sourced from a local ...Read more
Beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Rick Steves travel column will be on hold until travel outside the U.S. is deemed safe again. The State Department has advised against international travel because of the risk of coronavirus infection and we want to ensure that readers stay safe and follow government warnings. Thank you for ...Read more
Editor's note: Beginning Sunday, April 5, 2020, the Rick Steves travel column will be on hold until travel outside the U.S. is deemed safe again. The State Department has advised against international travel because of the risk of coronavirus infection and we want to ensure that readers stay safe and follow government warnings....Read more
It's a familiar story in Europe: A once-important town falls on hard times, only to make a comeback many years later and thrive in modern times. Add Bristol, England, to the list. Like Belfast, Glasgow, and Liverpool, this rusty old port town is emerging with a special creative energy and is well worth visiting.
Known as the birthplace of world...Read more
For me, libraries are the great equalizer. Whether you're rich or poor, powerful or not, when you walk into a library you realize how small you are compared to the wealth of human activity contained on those shelves. The grand libraries of Europe offer travelers the chance to connect with books and documents that changed the course of history --...Read more
London is one of the Europe's most expensive cities. But with fine public transit, many free museums, affordable plays, and fun food markets and pubs, the city becomes more affordable. Here are some of my tips for savings.
Take the Tube: London's black cabs are iconic, but for the cost of one ride, you can buy an Oyster card transit pass, ...Read more
Clinging to a bend in the Rhone River in the south of France, Avignon looks and feels like it's stepped out of a medieval fairy tale. While it's largely famous for its 14th-century heyday as a papal capital and its even older 12th-century bridge, Avignon has plenty to offer beyond history. Today this walled Provençal town is a youthful place ...Read more
When I took my first solo trip to Europe in 1973, I must have kept my parents on the edge of their seats.
The day after my high school graduation, I headed to the airport, accompanied only by a good friend, a rucksack, and a youthful sense of adventure. Throughout the months-long trip, the only way of communicating with my folks back home was ...Read more
On a sunny summer evening in Lucca, Italy, I was inspired by the simple joy of watching an old man bicycling with his granddaughter atop the wide, fortified wall that once protected this proud city from its enemies -- and now seems to corral its Old World charm. Then, on rented bikes, a group of chatty tourists frolicked by. Their enthusiasm was...Read more
On my two previous trips to Switzerland's tiny-but-touristy Zermatt, I failed to catch a glimpse of the glorious Matterhorn mountain that draws so many to the burg at its base for a peek at the peak.
My third try was the charm, and now I have a confession: I'm in love with the Matterhorn. Now I get why this mountain town of 5,800 people is so ...Read more
To travel as a pilgrim is to experience "travel with a purpose"--to go beyond tourism and connect more deeply with a place, a culture, or a faith. Travelers considering pilgrimages in Europe have the opportunity to follow centuries-old routes or trace new paths in a search for perspective on their own culture -- or the culture of others.
"The ...Read more