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.