Travel Video with Rick Steves

Here’s a video I’m particularly excited about: Rick Steves represents the best of travel, and I was fortunate enough to meet him at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show. Now, the LA Travel & Adventure Show regularly has Rick Steves as a featured speaker, and in turn he regularly talks about traveling in Europe on a budget to standing-room-only crowds. No surprise; he’s well-known among travel fans everywhere. His regional guidebooks and Europe Through the Back Door are well-written, popular travel books. Rick Steves is more than “just” a travel guidebook author and TV/radio personality, though. He’s an important figure for those of us who strive to promote genuine exploration in travels, and the increased tolerance and understanding of other cultures such explorations can engender.


The Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show has a lot to commend it. Wonderful travel destinations and activities’ exhibitors are proud to share their knowledge. Travel industry superstars like Arthur Frommer discuss tourism trends and more. But for me, listening to Rick Steves is the highlight of the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show.

To consider the history and culture of a place, to slow down and interact with our vacation surroundings, that’s what makes travel great. I share the opinion with Rick Steves (though he’s so much better at articulating it than am I) that travel is about more than relaxing with a tropical drink by the pool. It’s edifying to experience a travel destination, rather than to simply be there to rest one’s bones.

It doesn’t have to be Europe, Rick Steve’s specialty. It can be a volunteer vacation in Costa Rica, an adventurous hike in Kauai, a coastal day trip…even to a place you used to call home. Wherever your travels take you, may they help you grow, learn about others and yourself, and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Thank you, Rick Steves, for taking the time to talk with this fan. May all your travels be interesting.

13 Responses to “Travel Video with Rick Steves”

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    Colleen says:

    I watch his show all the time! I do know so much about different countries now because of Rick Steves!

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    Dave says:

    Wow, excellent insight from one of the best in the biz. And Rick Steves was pretty good, too. Ha! Rick’s an amazing motivator and global expert. I could listen to him talk all day. Tremendous stuff!

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    ColoradoGal says:

    A travel legend! You did a great job interviewing, Jen. Thoughtful questions – and you’re so calm. I always speak WAY too fast when on camera (or behind the camera).

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    TwinCitiesGal says:

    Great interview, Jennifer! Rick Steves always impresses me. I saw him when he was here in the Twin Cities last year – he’s such an inspiring speaker/traveler.

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    I loved the questions that you asked, Jen! I had no idea that Rick Steves doesn’t really enjoy being a tour guide, since in a big-picture sense, that’s what I feel he does so beautifully. I haven’t yet taken a trip to Europe without some of his advice in tow.

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    He’s got some great opinions in there. Good job.

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    Stephen says:

    Always great to hear the opinions of such a thoughtful and influential traveler. Right on Rick! Thanks for the interview.

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    Mara says:

    Rick Steves is such funny and erudite guy in person. I heard him speak expansively last year on the topics he brings up here and it was excellent (especially since the audience was quite stodgy and many people left in a huff – I don’t think any of them was quite prepared for his position on the legalization of drugs).

    I love his point about us not being exceptional – brilliant.

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    Nice interview, Jen, even though I am not a great fan of the Rick Steves guidebooks. He has his good points, but I think he is writing for an audience that is becoming smaller and smaller–people who actually don’t understand the value of traveling outside the United States and don’t know where to start. To me, his approach painfully dumbs down the travel experience and his guidebooks are superficial–skipping over so many things. His books seem to reach out to people who don’t want to be confronted with choices, but want the same tour-bus-led experience without the tour bus. No need to learn about a country’s rich history, or interact with its’ citizens in order to decide what you want to do–just go where Rick says to go, eat where Rick says to eat, look at the things Rick says to look at.

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    I wish I would have known you were at the LA Travel Show too! I would have loved to meet up. Great interview!

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    ya’ll rock! Great interview.

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    Donna Hull says:

    Great job, Jennifer. My hands would be shaking too! Unfortunately, I’m in Montana where the internet connection is giving me a very bad experience with your video.

    I have to say that I’m ambivalent about Rick Steves. I do feel that he is probably single-handedly responsible for making Italy’s Cinque de Terre a prime tourist destination, much to the dismay of local residents. It’s an interesting lesson in how the popularity of a place as a tourism stop changes the local culture. Do we, and Rick Steves, share responsibility for this?

    As far as ways to travel, I don’t believe that there is a wrong way to travel as long as you’re not doing harm to others or yourself. To make someone feel guilty because they prefer to rest and relax from their hectic lives on a warm, sunny beach is misplaced. Perhaps, that relaxing experience will plant the seed of curiosity for a closer inspection of culture on the next vacation. Travel should not be work.

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    I would have been so incredibly nervous, nice interview!

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