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Travel with Rick Steves

English, Social, 1 season, 961 episodes, 6 hours, 34 minutes
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A weekly one-hour conversation with guest experts and callers about travel, cultures, people, and the things we find around the world that give life its extra sparkle. Rick Steves is America's leading authority on travel to Europe and beyond. Host and writer of over a hundred public television travel shows and author of 30 best-selling guidebooks, Rick now brings his passion for exploring and understanding our world to public radio. Related travel information and message boards on www.ricksteves.com.
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755 Soldier Poets of WWI; Village Turkey

Historian, novelist, and legendary editor Michael Korda invites us to look back on World War I through the eyes of its soldier poets, whose works — often composed in the trenches — offer an unusually personal and uncensored perspective on the horrors of "the war to end all wars." And a Turkish tour guide takes listener calls while offering advice for finding a friendly welcome in the rural villages of Turkey, where the main attraction might just be…you. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/25/202452 minutes
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754 Central Europe; Norway’s Prosperity; Somali Pirates

Rick and his senior writer discuss why so much of what Americans have long called "Eastern Europe" is better termed "Central Europe," especially with the Cold War now several decades behind us. Then a tour guide from Oslo explains how Norway cleverly uses its oil-industry revenues to maintain a flourishing society. And German-American journalist Michael Scott Moore tells us how he survived nearly three years as a hostage of pirates in Somalia. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/18/202452 minutes
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367a Driving in Europe; Getting Around Ireland; Exploring Provence

A pair of tour-bus drivers offer their expert tips on what to expect when navigating the highways of Europe. Then we discuss ideas for exploring two of Europe's most scenic regions: the lush Irish countryside and the floral landscapes and villages of southern France — and pop into a Dublin pub for a wee sing-along. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/11/202452 minutes
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753 German Views; Mudlarking the Thames

A German journalist shares some timely thoughts on what his fellow citizens find appealing about America, as well as his insights into the intriguing differences between our two societies. Then a London "mudlarker" who searches the River Thames at low tide for buried objects describes how discarded items can connect us with life in the Victorian era, and even as far back as Roman times. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/4/202452 minutes
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752 Amsterdam Canals; The Last Island; Coimbra

A Dutch guide invites us to imagine a day on the water exploring Amsterdam's iconic canals. Then a historian shares what little we know of the elusive Sentinelese — likely the most isolated, least contacted people on earth — and what he learned by traveling to nearby islands in the Bay of Bengal. And a tour guide from Portugal tells us why the venerable university of town of Coimbra is such a delight to explore. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/27/202452 minutes
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751 Eyewitness to Climate Change; Endangered Eating; Shakespeare in Stratford and South Sudan

Celebrate Earth Day by considering the ways you can address climate change at home, with practical advice from a scientist who's seen its effects around the world. Then hear from a culinary historian about the crops, farm animals, and agricultural traditions that we risk losing in America. And mark Shakespeare's birthday by learning how his works have played a key role in shaping Africa's newest nation and by getting tips for enjoying a visit to his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/20/202452 minutes
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591a Polynesian Explorers; Northern Greece; Greek to Me

We admire the seafaring prowess of the Polynesians and hear how a cultural faux pas led to Captain James Cook's fateful encounter with 18th-century Hawaiians. Then tour guides from Athens and Thessaloniki recommend attractions to visit in northern Greece, and The New Yorker’s "Comma Queen," Mary Norris, explains what an appreciation for Greek language and mythology can add to your own Greek odyssey. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/13/202452 minutes
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750 Mini Italian Lesson; Geography of Genius; Timbuktu Haircut

We learn some surprisingly useful Italian phrases from one of Italy's most popular newspaper columnists, then consider why certain places have fostered more than their share of world-changing innovations, and hear about Timbuktu's history as an important center for scholarship. Plus, we find out about the thrill of dropping in on a choir practice in small-town Wales. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/6/202452 minutes
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749 Totally Eclipsed; Mekong Paddle Pilgrim; Strange Food

A nature filmmaker and self-proclaimed "umbraphile" shares tips for viewing the next total solar eclipse, when the moon will cast its otherworldly shadow on a narrow band across North America on April 8 — and explains why he thinks it’s worth a trek to the totality zone. Then the "Paddle Pilgrim" returns to tell us about the unexpected challenges along his month-long Southeast Asian adventure kayaking down the Mekong River, where he was forced to learn to "linger with the lotus." And Cecily Wong from Atlas Obscura describes some of the strangest potions and fermented foods concocted before the era of refrigeration. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/30/202452 minutes
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748 Quirky Oslo; Last Empty Places; Herbal

An American expat in Oslo shares some of the quirks and customs of life in his adopted home. Then, a wilderness and history author recounts what he found exploring four blank spots on the US map. And an ethnobotanist describes the healing properties of different kinds of herbs around the world — some of which might be growing in your own backyard. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/23/202452 minutes
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597a Dublin Walk; The Immortal Irishman; Aran Islands

In this all-Irish hour, tour guides describe some of the intriguing sights you'd encounter on a walking tour of Dublin and explain why the rugged Aran Islands, off Ireland's west coast, are such an exciting place to explore Irish traditions. And author Timothy Egan delves into the legacy of 19th-century America's most famous Irish immigrant. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/16/202452 minutes
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746 Goodbye Eastern Europe; The Long Field in Wales

A historian describes how eastern European countries have modernized since the Cold War and examines the kinds of challenges they face today. And an American-born artist and creative writing teacher shares the joy she feels in being "Welsh by choice." For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/2/202452 minutes
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641a Finding Europe in America; Cruise Ship Nightmare; Iceland Backcountry

Get ideas and tips from TV host Samantha Brown for finding little corners of Europe in the New World, then hear an author's dramatic firsthand account of a near catastrophe on a cruise ship caught powerless in a freak winter storm off the coast of Norway. And a tour guide takes us to the wild, windy, and wonder-inspiring backcountry of Iceland. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/24/202452 minutes
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745 Orkney Living; Walkable European Cities; Nomads of Europe

Hear what it's like to live on one of the windswept Orkney Islands off the northern tip of Scotland, where people have lived since before recorded history. Then learn how redesigned traffic patterns in Europe have had a positive impact on quality of life — and get ideas for making your own city a more enjoyable place to be outdoors. Plus, a historian examines the underappreciated role of nomadic societies and their struggles in the modern world. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/17/202452 minutes
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744 Falling for Saturn; Heart of Martin Sheen; Florentine Favorites

Astronomer Philip Plait — who fell in love with Saturn after first viewing the gas giant, with its mesmerizing rings and moons, through a telescope as a child — shares some of the amazing discoveries we've made about the planet in recent years. Then actor Martin Sheen describes how his travels in the developing world have opened his eyes, and his heart, to the needs of others. And a Florence-based tour guide and culinary expert lets us in on where to find the best food in her adopted home. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/10/202452 minutes
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747 Ireland in 100 Objects; Midlife Michelangelo; Language City New York

Irish writer Fintan O'Toole tells of cherished objects from Ireland's history that contribute to its national identity today. Then a linguist describes the efforts underway to capture the words and sounds of languages spoken in New York City that are on the brink of disappearing. And Rick's longtime collaborator Gene Openshaw delves into Michelangelo's midlife crisis in his new historical novel. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/10/202452 minutes
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743 Happens in Vegas; Morocco's Sahara

The most popular storyteller of our time, author James Patterson, shares insights from the people who work behind the scenes to turn Las Vegas into America's ultimate fantasy destination. And a Morocco-based tour guide recommends letting yourself be amazed by the night sky in the Sahara Desert, a view that's guided travelers for millennia. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/3/202452 minutes
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742 Sharks; Beyond Havana; Pompeii

A deep-sea diving instructor from Australia explains why he's not afraid of sharks — well, most of them. Then a Cuba travel expert looks at the places and experiences you can explore beyond Havana, as well the rules that govern travel to Cuba for US travelers. And a guide from Italy helps us step into a day in the first century, frozen in time, at the ruins of Pompeii on the slope of Mount Vesuvius. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/27/202452 minutes
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595a The Story of Spanish; First Timer's Spain

Hear the unlikely story of how Spanish grew from a Latin dialect in northern Iberia to become one of the world's most important and widely spoken languages. Then get tips for enjoying your first trip to Spain, and for getting the most out of a visit to the Prado's massive art collection in Madrid. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/20/202452 minutes
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741 Visiting Vienna; Visiting Bosnia; Athens Acropolis

Get tips for enjoying elegant, easily navigated Vienna, Austria's capital and the epicenter of a once-mighty empire. Then hear a Bosnian describe what his country, a generation after its infamous war, has to teach us about getting along with our neighbors — and why the nation is now blossoming as a travel destination. And get acquainted with the fascinating ancient structures atop Athens' Acropolis. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/13/202452 minutes
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740 Cruising the Nile; Paradise on Earth; Lost Pianos of Siberia

A tour specialist from Cairo explains how you can cruise through five thousand years of history on the Nile River in Egypt. Author Pico Iyer suggests paradise on earth might be in some of the most unexpected places. He tells us about his sojourns from the Himalayas to Sri Lanka to experience what South Asia had to show him. And hear how Sophy Roberts searched for the historic "lost pianos of Siberia," and what she actually found. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/6/202452 minutes
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739 Travel Like a Diplomat; Making a Difference; German Pop

Get some travel advice from the former U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria, who recommends his favorite vacation getaways in the Balkans. Then listen in as a climate scientist describes the efforts that have worked — and some that haven't — in combatting the pollution that causes climate change…and what you can do now to make a difference. And hear how Germany's pop music has evolved to reflect a half century of intense cultural transformation. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/30/202352 minutes
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738 Christmastime in Bavaria, Croatia, Sweden, Rome, Sardinia, Costa Rica, Amsterdam

Brighten your holidays with an international perspective on Christmas celebrations: Learn about Europe's Old World holiday traditions, and meet some of Santa's cousins, as some of Rick's friends drop by to discuss the sometimes sublime, often quirky ways they observe the season in Bavaria, Sardinia, Croatia, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Rome. And get a taste of a tropical Christmas in Costa Rica. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/23/202352 minutes
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587a Cod in Portugal; Eating in Naples; Dingle Bells; Christmas Travels

Hear about why cod is so popular among the Portuguese — especially at this time of year — and get a taste of the culinary treats to try in and around Naples. Then find out how the Irish gear up for the holidays, and what listeners enjoy about traveling overseas during the Christmas season. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/16/202352 minutes
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737 A History of Modern Ireland; Following Caesar

A columnist for the Irish Times discusses the dramatic recent changes in public opinion and attitude in Republic of Ireland, and how he's seen it become a modern, progressive nation over his lifetime. And a journalist from Utah tells us how to find some of the roadways the ancient Romans built to connect outposts of their empire — all the way to Istanbul. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/9/202352 minutes
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736 The Swiss; Sightseer's Guide to the Solar System; Winter in Anchorage

A former US ambassador to Switzerland shares her insights into what makes the Swiss tick — and what their society gets right. Then an astronomer helps us imagine what sort of views we'd enjoy if we could travel to planets in our solar system. And a guidebook author from Anchorage tells us why south-central Alaska can be a fun place for a winter visit. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/2/202352 minutes
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630a Portugal's Art and Architecture; Breakfast With Polygamists; Jack London's Yukon

Tour guides from Lisbon paint audio pictures of the vivid art that colors the streets of Portugal, then a journalist and former diplomat tells of how curiosity led him to meet with healers in the jungles of Nicaragua and Belize. And travel writer Richard Grant explains how a particularly bitter Yukon winter in Dawson City inspired Jack London to write one of his most famous tales of the North. Plus, Rick's in-house art expert gives us a close-up appreciation of Leonardo's Mona Lisa. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/25/202352 minutes
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735 American Thanksgiving; Feeding the World; Tom Miller; German Sausages

A culinary historian tells us what's traditionally been on the Thanksgiving table over the years. The head of the World Food Program USA updates us on the work that goes into feeding the world's most impoverished communities. Also, we remember Tucson-based travel writer Tom Miller. And we get a taste of the variety of sausages people enjoy year-round in Germany. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/18/202352 minutes
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734 Saving Europe's Art; Overlooked Cuisines of Italy; Belgian Treats

Hear about the risks and heroism it took to protect Europe's art treasures during World War II. Then vicariously eat your way through four of Italy's lesser-known regions — where specialties include elaborate seafood stews, spreadable salamis, and some of the world's best sheep's-milk cheeses — with Italian-food expert Fred Plotkin. And listen in as two Belgians discuss the hearty comfort food of their homeland. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/11/202352 minutes
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733 Walls Around the World; Tourism in Spain; Tecumseh

A Jerusalem-raised Palestinian tour operator explains how he works to reconcile divided communities — in his home country, and far beyond. Then two Spanish tour guides consider what makes their country one of the world's most popular destinations among tourists, and what they want visitors to experience there. And a historian discusses the legacy of Shawnee chief Tecumseh, and why, in the early years of the US, he was so admired even by the settlers he opposed. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/4/202352 minutes
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732 Vampires of Eastern Europe; Supernatural Ireland; Haunted Europe

At a time of year when, according to some cultures, the worlds of the living and the dead come a little closer together, a historian joins us to explain how vampire stories arose from eastern European legends of the "un-dead." Then Irish writer Fintan O'Toole describes the role of the supernatural in Celtic traditions and in more recent Irish literature. And listeners describe eerie encounters they've experienced while traveling in Europe. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/28/202352 minutes
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731 Hiking Iceland; Disappearing Asia; England Journeys & Slang

A creative-writing professor discusses Icelandic mythology, as told in the Viking-inspired sagas — and how a summer backpacking trek around the island nation helped him understand the role these tales play in Iceland's modern-day culture. Then futurist and Wired founder Kevin Kelly looks back on his journeys to document, over nearly 50 years, many of the traditions and features now quickly vanishing across Asia. And experts share advice for fall travels to England's gardens and stone circles, and for understanding British slang. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/21/202352 minutes
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619a Paprika; Silver Sword and Stone; Galicia

Tour guides from Hungary discuss their country's love of paprika and set us straight on what makes for good goulash. Then the literary director of the Library of Congress and bicultural author Marie Arana examines the cultural divide between the US and Latin America, and explains its thousand-year-old historical roots. And we learn why the lesser-known region of Galicia, in Spain's northwest corner, is where Spaniards go to escape from heat (and tourist crowds). For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/14/202352 minutes
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730 Wandering Indonesia; Italian Lessons; Czech Towns

Get a sneak peek at some of the surprises you might encounter when exploring one or more of Indonesia's 13,000 islands. Then hear from a journalist about how his fellow Italians pulled together — with a uniquely Italian spirit — to cope with the earliest days of the Covid pandemic. And pick up tips for visiting some of the Czech Republic's most intriguing historic locations beyond Prague. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/7/202352 minutes
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729 A Pilot's View; Cuba 2023; Traveling Again, Part 2

Commercial pilot and very frequent flier Mark Vanhoenacker shares stories from his many brief excursions to cities around the world. Then Cuba travel expert Christopher P. Baker discusses how the island has been faring since the pandemic shut down its tourism industry and relays the latest on government requirements for Americans interested in visiting. And Rick hears from more listeners who've been resuming — and adjusting — their international adventures post-pandemic. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/30/202352 minutes
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728 Beyond New Orleans; View from Germany; Traveling Again, Part 1

Take a look at the historical attractions of southeast Louisiana that are easy day trips from New Orleans. Listen in to a German journalist comparing how his fellow Germans approach contemporary political and social issues versus the polarizing ways many Americans react to hot button issues. Plus, hear listeners share tales of how they've been able to get back to traveling again since pandemic restrictions were lifted. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/23/202352 minutes
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610a London Layover; Tower of London; London Day Trips

Get tips for making the most of a long layover in Heathrow Airport with a quick visit into central London. Then meet the Tower of London's "Ravenmaster": the Yeoman Warder tasked with guarding a thousand years of British history. And hear about several celebrated spots in the English countryside that you can enjoy as fun, easy day trips from London. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/16/202352 minutes
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727 Enjoying Venice; History of Rome in 12 Buildings; Michelangelo's Rome

Two local guides working in Venice recommend their favorite ways to find serenity in the "most serene" of cities, despite its often overwhelming tourist crowds. Then Rick chats with author Phillip Barlag about a dozen buildings and plazas in Rome that offer particularly fascinating insights into the city's rich history. And author Angela Nickerson helps us imagine Rome during the Renaissance, when it was the setting for many of Michelangelo's masterpieces. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/9/202352 minutes
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726 Orkney Vikings; Favorite American Cities; Chopin's Piano

Consider your options for encountering the thousand-year-old culture of the Vikings on a visit to Scotland's Orkney Islands. Then listen in as a frequent domestic traveler explains why he believes that visiting all 50 states is a worthy endeavor for all Americans — not merely for fun but as a powerful way to overcome political division. And hear about Frédéric Chopin's struggles with a clunky piano on a Spanish island, where he still managed to compose pieces that changed how the world listens to music. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/2/202352 minutes
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725 Crystal Bridges; Route 66 Kicks; Amsterdam By Bike

The director of the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art tells us how a small city in Arkansas became home to a major art museum. Then author Rick Antonson describes how motoring west along the legendary Route 66 can reveal easily overlooked slices of Middle America. Plus, a Dutch tour guide discusses Amsterdam's reliance on bicycles — and what visitors should know before jumping into the bike lane. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/26/202352 minutes
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724 Tangier; Costa Rica's Pura Vida; Lingo of Europe

Guidebook authors from Morocco and Costa Rica explain why Tangier serves as a handy entry point into Morocco, discuss the meaning of "pura vida" in the tropical abundance of Costa Rica — and tell their story of an overseas trip that led them to fall in love and make a new life for themselves. And a Dutch linguist advocates for learning more about the evolution of Europe's languages as a fun way for travelers to deepen their cultural experiences. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/19/202352 minutes
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366b Correspondent in India; World of Madhur Jaffrey; Chaos, Italian Style

BBC reporter Nick Bryant gives us a personal look at India as he discusses what he learned about its society while he was stationed in New Delhi. Then Indian-born actress Madhur Jaffrey shares childhood memories from the last days of British colonialism. Plus, friends from Italy tell Rick how they cope with their country's everyday chaos and offer tips for handling surprises you may encounter on your Italian travels. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/12/202352 minutes
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723 Fragile Countries; Hiking with Children; Exploring Romania

A journalist explains why she travels to countries that most people would have a good reason to avoid. Then an alpine guide discusses why she enjoys exploring Europe's historic hiking trails with her young children in tow. And a tour guide discusses what he enjoys most about Romania's less-traveled Old World scene. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/5/202352 minutes
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722 Mid-American Feast; Ambassador's Guide to Switzerland; Diver's Guide to the World

A creative-writing instructor with an appetite for American comfort food describes some of his favorite quintessentially Midwestern dishes, and a former US ambassador lets us in on some of Switzerland's most enjoyable urban festivals and experiences. Then diving experts invite us to imagine the beauty of the underwater world as they explain what motivates them to explore beneath — and above — the surface of warm- and cold-water destinations around the world. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/29/202352 minutes
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260b Western Whitewater Adventures; A Readers Grand Tour; Tapas in Spain

Find out how a camping trip down the Colorado River can be a life-altering experience. Hear about Nancy Pearl's favorite books for armchair adventures. Also, learn the protocol to order and enjoy the local specialties in Spain's tapas bars. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/22/202352 minutes
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721 The French; Hidden Gardens in Paris

The authors of "The Bonjour Effect" explain how many of the problems foreigners encounter in France are a disconnect with how the French expect you to communicate. Author Susan Cahill reveals some of her favorite garden spots in Paris and get a whiff of its colorful history.  For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/15/202352 minutes
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720 Ceramic Arts of Portugal; Poland 2023; Nomads

Learn how colorful ceramic tiles have long been an important part of the scene in Portugal. Get recommendations from Cameron Hewitt, Rick's senior researcher, on elegant and soulful Polish cities, some of Europe's best-kept secrets. Hear from Author Anthony Sattin about how nomads have have shaped civilization over the centuries. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/8/202352 minutes
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719 Rocky Mountaineer; Gulf Islands BC; Global Perspective; Piecing Together America

Hear about making family memories in western Canada along the historic Rocky Mountaineer train line. Explore the Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea. Learn more about confronting culture clashes in overseas travels. And discover the best local crafts in each of the 50 states. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/1/202352 minutes
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616a Zagreb; Natchez; Leave Only Footprints

Hear how Croatia's capital city Zagreb is a hidden gem of Central Europe, a respite from the tourist crowds of other more-famous cities. Listen in as author Richard Grant tells us why Natchez is called the quirkiest town in Mississippi. Plus, find out from TV reporter Conor Knighton about visiting each one of the U.S. National Parks in a year. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/24/202352 minutes
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718 Pastas You Should Know; In Sardinia; Gelato

Italian food expert Fred Plotkin describes some of the unusual varieties of pasta that you can find in Italy — and the reason behind their different shapes. Historian Jeff Biggers explores the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where sites dating back to the Bronze Age are found across the island. And tour guides from Tuscany and Sicily bring us the scoop on how to find the best gelato in Italy. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/17/202352 minutes
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717 Bill Bryson At Home; Pico Iyer In Search of Paradise; Walkable Cities

Author Bill Bryson describes how buying an old house in England has made him appreciate how dramatically domestic life has changed in just a few generations. Then writer Pico Iyer explains why visiting difficult destinations can shed light on where — or what — "paradise" might be. And urban planner Jeff Speck celebrates some of the North American cities that are catching up with their European cousins in designing pedestrian-friendly streetscapes. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/10/202352 minutes
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716 Roman England; Ottoman Turkey; Crossing Boundaries

Join us as we travel back in time to Roman England to consider what remains today from 400 years of Roman rule in Britain. Then hear about the most spectacular sites in Turkey to revel in the rich 600-year history of the Ottoman Empire. And listen in as a Palestinian Israeli shares his hard-earned lessons for getting past polarization within one's own divided society. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/3/202352 minutes
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612a Inland West Coast Roadtrips; Making Scottish Music; Oddball English Festivals

Get tips for discovering the delightful bits of Americana that await along the scenic inland back roads of California and the Pacific Northwest. Then listen in on a special in-studio concert with folk musicians Jim and Susie Malcolm as they explore the musical traditions of Scotland. And hear about some of the quirkier festivals you can visit in England. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/27/202352 minutes
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715 San Juan Islands; Martin Sheen’s Travels; Imagine a City

Hear about the "personalities" that differentiate the biggest of the San Juan Islands, which cluster in the northwest corner of Washington State. Then listen in as actor Martin Sheen describes how his experiences filming overseas have come to influence his political activism. And get a professional intercontinental pilot's perspective on travel and lifelong wanderlust. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/20/202352 minutes
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714 Uniquely Georgian; Amsterdam 2023; Puzzle of Polynesia

Hear about the natural beauty and rich culture that await visitors in the Republic of Georgia, where Europe meets Asia. Then get an update on the travel scene in Amsterdam, where recent regulations attempt to minimize the impact of "nuisance tourists," and a renovated riverfront has become a pleasant place to escape the often crowded city center. And learn how early Polynesian navigators managed to populate the most far-flung islands on earth. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/13/202352 minutes
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713 The Way of Saint James; Rewilding Europe

Actors Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez relive their experience filming a movie about walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and describe how a pilgrimage hike with strangers can be an effective antidote to years of pandemic isolation. Plus ecologist and filmmaker Chris Morgan tells us about recent successes in reintroducing certain wildlife species to wilderness areas in Europe. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/6/202352 minutes
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410b Marrying an American; Flatlands; Sightseeing Communist History

Hear what kind of cross-cultural issues emerge when Europeans marry Americans, then listen in as we discuss the allure of a road trip around America's Great Plains, where unobstructed views make the sky seem closer. And get tips on the best places to visit in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic for a sense of life behind the Iron Curtain, now a generation in the past. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/29/202352 minutes
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712 Party of Trees; Vanishing Asia; Living with Caribou

Journalist Zach Saint George describes the slow-motion migration of several North American tree species seeking to evade environmental threats. Then Wired founder Kevin Kelly lets us in on a massive photography project to document traditions disappearing across a quickly modernizing Asia. And writer Seth Kantner explains what he loves about living off the land near the Arctic Circle, in the wide-open spaces of northwest Alaska. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/22/202352 minutes
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711 Greek Godmother; Favorite Athens Neighborhoods; Appreciating Islam; Tibetan Prayer Flags

Hear about the importance of extended family in Greece, where the honor of being named a godmother comes with real responsibilities, and learn about some of Athens' most interesting neighborhoods — many of which are enjoying an exciting new vitality. Then listen in as an Arab-American Peace Corps veteran describes what he's come to admire about the Islamic religion of many of his friends. And consider the meaning of Tibetan prayer flags, and hear how to properly display them. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/15/202352 minutes
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710 Saints of Italy; Pilgrim Trails; Holy Bones

Get to know some of the most notable of Italy's many patron saints, and why they remain important to so many. Then hear what journalist Tim Egan spent his time contemplating on his walk along the medieval Via Francigena — the pilgrimage path from Canterbury to Rome. And learn about the role of relics in many religious traditions, and why, for centuries, millions of faithful have journeyed for a first-hand encounter with them. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/8/202352 minutes
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709 America’s Favorite City Parks; Europe’s Great Trails; Egypt 2023

Learn about the thoughtful design behind America's elegant city parks of the 19th century, which continue to provide green space for millions of urban dwellers, then get some tips for exploring Europe on one of its long-distance hiking trails. And hear about the massive archaeology museum, built to display a vast collection of ancient Egyptian riches, that's set to open in Giza later this year. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/1/202352 minutes
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607a Bridges and Little Museums of Paris; Burgundy

We'll take an up-close look at some of Paris' most beautiful bridges as well as its most intriguing specialty museums and galleries, where you can escape the crowds — and are sure to discover something new in this always-surprising city. Then we'll head south to savor the relaxingly rural, yet assuredly sophisticated charms of Burgundy. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/25/202352 minutes
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708 Favorite Tours in Ireland; Celtic Middle Earth; Ireland’s South Coast

Hear about how a locally operated tour can add depth and conviviality to your next trip to the Emerald Isle, then learn about the sophisticated ways ancient Celts mapped out their pre-Roman world. And get tips for exploring scenic West Cork — an untamed alternative to the tourist-trodden Ring of Kerry — and other highlights of Ireland's south coast. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/18/202352 minutes
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707 Islands of Britain; Italy for Food Lovers; Flavors of Florence

English actor Martin Clunes recommends some of his favorite smaller British isles among the many he visited while filming a travel documentary. Then Rick checks in with Italian-food expert Fred Plotkin to celebrate the completion of their new guide to Italy's regional cuisine. And a Florence-based tour guide lets us in on her favorite food and wine shops for showing off her city's culinary delights. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/11/202352 minutes
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706 Budapest Riverwalk; Megalithic Orkney; Travel Kindness

We'll take an audio stroll along the Danube waterfront in elegant, Old World Budapest, then contemplate the prehistoric stones that stand amid the stark beauty of Scotland's remote Orkney Islands. And listeners share their most memorable instances of a stranger's kindness changing an overseas trip for the better. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/4/202352 minutes
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515a Artists of Spain; Being Welsh; Being Bosnian

We look at the top sites where you can experience firsthand the groundbreaking contributions of Spain's greatest artists. Then tour guides from Wales and Bosnia share the facets of their nationalities that mean most to them — such as the Welsh fortitude for enduring the blustery climate that produces such beautiful landscapes, and Bosnians' knack for using humor to defuse the thornier aspects of life in the Balkans. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/25/202352 minutes
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705 Basque and Balkan Carnival; Sicilians; World Lit

Hear how ancient pagan traditions spice up carnival season in the Basque Country and the Balkans — two regions that celebrate the days preceding Ash Wednesday with raucous festivals. Then get two Sicilians' take on what sets Sicily's island culture apart from the rest of Italy. And consider your next armchair journey as Harvard professor David Damrosch recommends authors whose works can transport you to China, Japan, Iran, Brazil, and sub-Saharan Africa. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/18/202352 minutes
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704 Casanova's Venice; China 2023

Historian Laurence Bergreen takes us to 18th-century Venice — the time of Casanova, when this "Most Serene Republic" had become the Sin City of Europe. And the head of the Young China Group think tank lets us in on what he wishes Americans knew about today's China and what he expects to see as it emerges from the pandemic, and explains the key challenges it's facing in our changing world. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/11/202352 minutes
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703 Yucatan Holiday; Ambassador to Switzerland; Finding Atlantis

Author Mark Adams reveals four possible Mediterranean locations where the legendary lost city of Atlantis could have been. The former U-S Ambassador to Switzerland tells us what it's like representing American interests in a country known for its neutrality. Plus, a longtime resident of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula describes what to look for when you venture out beyond Cancun. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/4/202352 minutes
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582a Istria; Wee County Louth; Tides

Explore two of Europe's less-crowded scenic peninsulas! Rick visits with local tour guides from Pula, on Croatia's Istrian Peninsula, and from Ireland's Cooley Peninsula, an hour north of Dublin in County Louth. Plus marine conservationist Jonathan White explains what he's discovered about the power of the tides around the world — and how they affect you, even if you don't live near the shore. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/28/202352 minutes
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702 Touring Bath; Joy of Travel Writing; Ghost Dance in Berlin

Soak in the history and the splendor of Bath, where Georgian architecture and mineral waters make it one of England's most attractive cities. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens when a travel writer researches guidebooks. And hear how Peter Wortsman's Jewish heritage forces him to grapple with some powerful ghosts from the past in Berlin. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/21/202352 minutes
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701 The US Civil Rights Trail; Wild Arctic Svalbard

Hear how the US Civil Rights Trail, with 100 stops across 14 states, was organized to help all Americans get an up-close look at the movement to dismantle Jim Crow laws across the South. And listen in as ecologist Chris Morgan describes changes he's observed on Norway's Svalbard archipelago — halfway between the mainland and the North Pole — which indicate how our warming climate is a threat to life in the Arctic. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/14/202352 minutes
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700 Pleasures of Mexico City; Why We Travel; Classical Music in Europe

A tour guide from Mexico City describes some of the most pleasant surprises he enjoys sharing about his adopted home. Then the author of the "Thousand Places to See Before You Die" series explains why culture shock can be the highlight of your next overseas vacation. And a young orchestra conductor describes some of his favorite European venues for enjoying a classical-music concert. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/7/202352 minutes
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699 New Year's Traditions; New Orleans Originals; David McCullough Tribute

Consider new ideas for greeting the new year by learning about some of the unusual traditions — and a few superstitions — with which Swedes, Croats, Scots, and the Welsh celebrate this time of year. Then hear about the multicultural food and music that enliven the streets of New Orleans' neighborhoods. And join us as we remember the late historian David McCullough with a look back at his examination of how the Wright Brothers changed the way we see the world. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/31/202252 minutes
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548b German Christmas Markets; Christmas in Madrid, Sicily, Ireland, Hebrides

We'll hear how the traditional Christmas markets of Germanic Europe set the mood for the season. And we'll learn about Christmastime events that bring everybody out on the streets of Madrid and Dingle, and cozy holiday celebrations in homes on Sicily and Scotland's Hebrides. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/24/202252 minutes
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698 Ready for Christmas Near and Far; Wassailing

In the first of two holiday-themed shows, Rick's guests recall their childhood Christmases in the Netherlands, Italy, and New Mexico. Then more friends join us to describe what you're likely to find this time of year in Austria, Australia, Japan...and Antarctica. Plus, we'll hear about how the English tradition of "wassailing" developed as a way to guarantee a good apple harvest — or at least an occasion to enjoy a warm drink with neighbors. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/17/202252 minutes
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697 Sacred Paris; Raising a Family in France; A Place in the World

Author Susan Cahill recommends some of the most magnificent religious architecture to explore in Paris, then an American who married a Frenchman describes her experiences raising three young children in a small town outside Paris. And writer Frances Mayes, who lives in both Tuscany and North Carolina, discusses just what makes a place feel like home. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/10/202252 minutes
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696 For the Love of Guidebooks; The Gulf; Greatest Art In Europe

We look at the must-see paintings, sculptures and historic edifices across Europe. University of Florida professor Jack E. Davis notes the many roles the Gulf of Mexico has played over the years, and why it's important to understand its ecology. And we'll look at the role of guidebooks, and what can make one worth reading, a hundred years after it's been published. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/3/202252 minutes
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695 Belgium Pride; Favorite Gardens; Arctic Trails

A native-born Belgian shares what delights him most about his small, but justifiably proud country. Then author Catie Marron recommends some of her favorite gardens around the world — plus the most enticing ones she's yet to visit. And author Seth Kantner, who was raised way off the grid in northwest Alaska, alerts us to the increasing threats to the people and wildlife of the Alaskan Arctic. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/26/202252 minutes
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584a My Town; Lidia's Flavors of Italy; Wine Educator

Listeners tell us what makes their hometowns feel special, then the host of the TV show Lidia's Italy describes the remarkable diversity among the regional cuisines of Italy — and how each naturally features whatever's particularly delicious from a given area. Then a Madrid-based wine expert shares tips for food pairings and fully enjoying what you're drinking. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/19/202252 minutes
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694 Highlands of Scotland; Art of Spain; Sweet Home Alabama

Get expert advice for planning a trip to the majestic Scottish Highlands. Then hear about some of Spain's most influential artists, from El Greco to the modern day. And discover what's making Alabama an increasingly popular destination for international visitors. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/12/202252 minutes
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453a Rome Neighborhoods; Crazy Rides; Ex-Yugoslavia

Get tips for how to "do as the Romans do" in Rome's modern-day neighborhoods. Hear about the travel writer Will Hide's latest crazy rides, from cycling across the hills of Rwanda to driving what might be the world's "most dangerous road" up from Delhi into the Himalayas. Plus listen in as guides from Slovenia and Bosnia take listener calls to help plan fun trips to the countries of the former Yugoslavia. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/5/202252 minutes
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693 Dracula’s Romania; Spooky New Orleans; Mary Morris in India

Uncover the truth behind Count Dracula in Romania. Find out where the most haunted house is located in New Orleans, and what's behind local customs such as voodoo and jazz funerals. Plus, hear how the cities of India surprised author Mary Morris when she traveled there to view tigers in the wild. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/29/202252 minutes
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586a Travel Writers Travels; Autumn Light in Japan; Swedish Values

Pico Iyer explains why autumn is the perfect season for understanding the soul of Japan. Robert Reid recommends how to amp up your next vacation, by traveling like a travel writer does. And guides from Sweden tell us how to keep expenses in check, to enjoy Scandinavia the way the locals do. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/22/202252 minutes
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692 Making the Art of Europe; 20 Years of Ireland; Experiencing Austria

Get a taste of Austria beyond the usual tourist sites in Vienna and Salzburg, where farmstays and festivals can make you want to wear lederhosen for a day. Rick's right-hand man on all things Ireland shares what he's liked most about researching guidebooks and leading tours in the Emerald Isle for the last 20 years. And Rick's TV producer shares tales from behind the scenes on their two-year-long filming project on the greatest art in Europe. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/15/202252 minutes
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691 Climate Change Watch; The Art of Rome; Seeing the Ancient World

Learn to see Rome — the way the ancient Romans did — as the opulent and innovative city that gave Europe a common culture. Look closer at the even more-ancient worlds of the Greeks and Egyptians, and what their antiquities can tell us about their lives. And find out what's being done to protect important cultural sites today from the ravages of the world's changing climate. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/8/202252 minutes
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690 Hamburg; The Art of Europe; Extreme Sports

Find out why Germany's "second city," the industrial northern port of Hamburg, is a favorite getaway among Germans. Then get the inside scoop on Rick's new TV series, which explores the backstories of Europe's greatest artworks. And consider what drives some death-defying athletes to go all-in for "extreme sports." For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/1/202252 minutes
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578a Walking Ljubljana; Munich and Bavaria; Wild Animals

The co-author of Rick's Eastern Europe guidebook and a Ljubljana-based tour guide discuss the laid-back charms of Slovenia's capital. Then a tour guide from Munich shares tips for becoming a temporary Bavarian at Oktoberfest — which is back on after a two-year pandemic hiatus. And an adventure traveler explains why even the creepiest critters deserve a little respect. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/24/202252 minutes
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689 Ambassador to Bulgaria; Senior Nomads 2022; Himalaya Hike

Diplomat and former ambassador Eric Rubin gives us a look at how the foreign service works on behalf of American interests in Bulgaria. Then "Senior Nomads" Michael and Debbie Campbell update us on their pandemic-era global travels. And artist and author Sylvia Verange reflects on her hiking journey across the Himalaya Mountains and how it's affected her life in the decades since. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/17/202252 minutes
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688 Maeve Higgins’ County Cork; Southwest England; Glasgow Cool

Humorist Maeve Higgins recommends places to visit in her home turf of Ireland's County Cork. Then tour guides from southwest England share their expert advice on where best to enjoy the coastal beauty of Cornwall and Devon — and the tourist traps to avoid. And guides from Scotland describe what makes Glasgow such a cool city to explore. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/10/202252 minutes
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687 More California Day Trips; Olmsted Bicentennial; Celebrating Eastern Europe

Travel writer Chris Baker returns with more ideas for fun day trips from LA and San Francisco, including his home base of Palm Springs. Then historian Laurence Cotton joins us to celebrate the 200th birthday of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, whose parks and civic projects have given so many American cities a lasting natural legacy. And a Rick Steves guidebook co-author describes the colorful variety travelers can enjoy among the countries of central and eastern Europe. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/3/202252 minutes
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579a Kerouac’s Firewatch; Erosion; USA National Parks

British travel writer Dan Richards describes his hike to the remote post in Washington's North Cascades where Jack Kerouac spent two months as a fire lookout. Then author and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams describes how the processes of erosion define the Utah desert landscape she calls home, and how understanding them can provide a helpful perspective on our civic and social territory, as well as our physical. And photographer and guidebook writer Becky Lomax shares more of her favorite experiences in America's national parks. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/27/202252 minutes
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686 New Orleans by Foot; The Orchestra Conductor

Tour guides from New Orleans examine the historical, musical, and culinary elements that make their city one of the most exceptional places anywhere in North America. They also share their top recommendations for exploring the city and discuss the merits of a pay-what-you-like model for city walking tours. And an associate conductor with the Seattle Symphony gives us a view from the conductor's podium while describing some of his favorite US venues for reveling in live classical-music performances. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/20/202252 minutes
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685 Joanna Lumley’s Nile Adventure; Samantha Brown’s Happy Travels

Actress Joanna Lumley details her 4,000-mile trek up the Nile River to the river's fabled source in Rwanda. Joanna shares what she learned from people she met while filming a documentary about the trip, and describes her ride to the pyramids on one very fine camel. And TV host Samantha Brown tells Rick how she keeps herself from stressing out over what could go wrong in her frequent travels. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/13/202252 minutes
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684 Obscure Museums; Peloponnesian and Mythical Greece

Rick checks in with Dylan Thuras from Atlas Obscura to discuss a few of their favorite small, sometimes eccentric museums around the world. Then author Peter Fiennes describes some of the real sites where Greek myths were set, and how they can speak to us today. And two historian tour guides share some of their top reasons to visit the Peloponnese, the giant peninsula just an hour's drive south of Athens. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/6/202252 minutes
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683 English Country Gardens; On Becoming a Gardener; In Praise of Wasting Time

English tour guides share their enthusiasm for enjoying the riot of color and inspiration you'll find in England's best country gardens. Then author Catie Marron explains how she designed and planted a garden as a way to feel a sense of belonging in her new home. And physicist Alan Lightman explains why it's healthy to give yourself a little unstructured time every day just for goofing off. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/30/202252 minutes
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480b Turn Right at Machu Picchu; Lafayette in the USA; Scotch

Author Mark Adams shares what he learned about Incan history while trekking to Machu Picchu. Then author Sarah Vowell explains how Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette helped unify Americans after the contentious presidential election of 1824. And Rick checks in with tour guides from Edinburgh to get tips on visiting Scotland's whisky distilleries. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/23/202252 minutes
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682 Europe by the Book; Berlin Day Trips; Mexico City 2022

Enjoy some of the best-ever writing on life in far-away places with a recommended reading list from a Harvard professor of comparative literature. Then get tips on the historic towns and royal retreats that are easily enjoyed as day trips from Berlin. And hear about daily life in Mexico City in 2022 from an American expat — and why he considers his new home the "capital of the 21st century." For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/16/202252 minutes
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681 French Impressionism; Perfect Week in Paris; First Timer’s Louvre

Celebrate Bastille Day with French guides. They'll explain the impressionist techniques perfected in the early 20th century, provide insider advice for designing the perfect Parisian itinerary, and help tackle the immense collection at the Louvre. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/9/202252 minutes
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680 The Last Cowboys; Perfect Day California; American Bald Eagle

New York Times reporter John Branch tells us how one family in southern Utah keeps a cowboy tradition alive at rodeos across the West. Chris Baker recommends itineraries for scenic road trips and sites to explore across California. Plus, Jack Davis pays tribute to the American bald eagle, whose recovery from the brink of extinction is an environmental success story that can inspire everyone. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/2/202252 minutes
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529a Newfoundland Tour; Canada Day; Drink Dat New Orleans

Explore what Canada has to offer! Newfoundland's Alan Doyle recommends sights to enjoy the rugged beauty of his Atlantic island home. Comedian and author Rick Mercer shares some of his favorite places to enjoy across Canada. Plus, raise a glass to New Orleans as Elizabeth Pearce unveils how to appreciate the history of America's most "spirited city" through the kinds of cocktails it serves. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/25/202252 minutes
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679 Nordic Roots; Dutch Towns; Bridge to Nicaragua

Hear how the characters of Nordic mythology can help you better understand the past, and how they influence the epic tales that entertain us today. Discover Dutch towns to explore beyond Amsterdam where you can view technological marvels as well as medieval charm. Also, find out how tourism in Nicaragua is trying to rebound from multiple setbacks, one rural homestay at a time. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/18/202252 minutes
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567a Hokkaido; Arctic Solitaire; Bloomsday in Dublin

Get tips from an American-Japanese author for experiencing the rugged allure of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Then hear from a nature photographer what it's like to spend a summer boating up Hudson Bay in search of polar bears. And learn all about how Dubliners celebrate Bloomsday — good fun even if you still haven't finished Ulysses. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/11/202252 minutes
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678 Hiking in England; British Footnotes; High Tea in London

Two English tour guides discuss a time-honored way to enjoy the British countryside: "rambling" along Britain's well-marked system of hiking trails. Then author Peter Fiennes describes his cross-country journeys in the footsteps of great British writers, and what his travels revealed about how much the UK has changed in recent years. And Rick learns about the rightfully revered tradition of afternoon tea — and the best places to make it an occasion in London. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/4/202252 minutes
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201b Beer In Europe, Irreverent Curiosity

Get in a festive mood as Rick invites a few of his friends to compare the beer styles of Europe, and the cultures that go with them. Also, writer David Farley tells us about an eccentric hill town not far from Rome. It's home to a generation of bohemian residents, and one of the strangest mysteries in Italy — a centuries-old relic the Vatican would rather not talk about. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/28/202252 minutes
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677 Parisians; Heart of Italy; The Scent Trail

Author Graham Robb describes a few of the extraordinary historical characters of Paris. Then vintner and tour guide Cecilia Bottai shares tips for planning a getaway to the relaxed "green heart" of central Italy. And author Celia Lyttelton tells us how she traveled the world to find the ingredients for making her very own custom perfume. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/21/202252 minutes
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676 Birth of Korean Cool; Perfect Week in Portugal

Journalist Euny Hong explains how South Korea has made itself not only an economic powerhouse but a pop-culture superpower. And tour guides from Portugal join Rick to share recommendations for planning a week's getaway to Lisbon, Porto, the Algarve, and the colorful, historic towns in between. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/14/202252 minutes
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675 Appalachian Music Trails; Loire Valley Chateaux; Achtung Baby

British travel writer Will Hide recounts his journeys along the back roads of Appalachia, where country music first arose from the melodies and instruments of immigrants from the British Isles. Then tour guides from France share tips on exploring the Loire Valley's many magnificent châteaux. And author Sara Zaske reveals what she learned from the German style of parenting while raising her young American children in Berlin. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/7/202252 minutes
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674 Driving in Ireland; Women Who Wander; Primed for Prague

Guidebook co-author Pat O'Connor delves into the details of driving in Ireland, where renting a car can be worth the extra expense when it gives you the flexibility to explore the countryside on your own schedule. Then author Mary Morris explains why she prefers to go solo to connect with other people in her travels, and how she ensures her safety. And tour guides from Prague offer tips for enjoying the beauty of the Czech capital. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/30/202252 minutes
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673 Visiting Antarctica; Journeys of Trees; Italy's Northern Lakes

Travel writer Julian Sancton tells us how a trip to Antarctica helped him see that continent through the eyes of the early polar explorers. Then science reporter Zach St. George explains how some North American tree species are migrating to survive a warming climate. And two Italy-based tour guides take us to the resort lakes of northern Italy, where outdoor sports and celebrities compete with the scenery for visitors' attention. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/23/202252 minutes
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519a Saints of Ireland and France; David Suchet Steps of St. Peter

Get acquainted with some of the most popular French and Italian saints, and learn why they remain important to their countrymen. Plus, actor David Suchet shares what he discovered while making a documentary about the life and times of St. Peter, and the first-century world he inhabited in Galilee. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/16/202252 minutes
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672 Paddle Boldly; Hape Kerkeling's Camino; Sacred New Mexico

Kayaker Dave Ellingson tells us how he learned to savor the unexpected on a paddling adventure in Minnesota. Then German comedian Hape Kerkeling relives his hike on the famed Camino de Santiago in Spain, where he learned something new every day. And adventurer Christina Nealson recommends places in New Mexico to get in touch with both the indigenous and Spanish colonial heritage of the desert Southwest. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/9/202252 minutes
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671 Three-Hour Louvre; Friend in Foreign Service; Summer of '73

Get an expert's tips for enjoying the best of the Louvre's gigantic trove of treasures on a short visit. Then hear about what you can expect from US embassy and consulate staff, should you need their assistance while traveling, from the President of the American Foreign Service Association. And listen in as Rick recalls his first unchaperoned backpacking trip to Europe, right out of high school, in the summer of 1973. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/2/202252 minutes
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670 Weekend in Brussels; The Temporary European; My Town

A Brussels-based tour guide offers his recommendations for making the most of a weekend in the Belgian capital. Then one of Rick's co-authors joins us to explore what it means to become a "temporary local" when traveling, and how it can help you actually relax on your next vacation. And listeners share ideas for enjoying areas they know well, as long-term locals — including Maine's Acadia National Park and the art museums of St. Petersburg, Florida. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/26/202252 minutes
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669 Maeve Higgins Loves You; Kinsale Ireland

Irish-born comedian and writer Maeve Higgins shares what she's observed about the US after a decade of living in New York City, and Irish tour guide Barry Moloney explains why his hometown of Kinsale, on the scenic south coast of County Cork, is so popular among visitors. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/19/202252 minutes
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557a Speaking in Irish; On the Wind; Irish Craic

Hear how the Irish language, once banned by English colonial rulers, has re-assumed its place at the heart of Irish identity. Then listen in as musician Kieran O'Hare explains why he finds Irish bagpipes more pleasing than the better-known Scottish ones, and plays a few traditional tunes on the Irish tin whistle. And eavesdrop on a pair of Irishmen from opposite ends of the island as they share a beer and a little banter with Rick. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/12/202252 minutes
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668 Ancient Ohio Trail; Endangered Places 2022; Atlas Obscura Curiosities

Learn about the Ancient Ohio Trail and its cluster of mysterious geometric earthworks left behind by pre-Columbian "mound builder" cultures. Then find out which cultural treasures — architecture, landscapes, townscapes — have been added to the World Monuments Fund's most recent list of endangered sites. And hear about some of the more curious places and things held dear by people around the world. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/5/202252 minutes
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667 R. L. Stevenson South Seas; Around the World in 80 Books; Why Wales

Author J. Maarten Troost recounts his journeys sailing the South Pacific in the wake of Robert Louis Stevenson, and the contentment and sobriety he found along the way. Then Harvard professor David Damrosch describes the globe-spanning route he charted during the pandemic...via some of the world's most eye-opening works of literature, both classic and contemporary — and recommends some of his favorites. Plus a Welsh historian and guide gives us a good peek at the magical landscapes and attractions of his homeland. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/26/202252 minutes
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547a Gaudí's Sagrada Família; Globally Curious

An expert on Antoni Gaudí reveals what the Modernista architect had envisioned for Barcelona's magnificent Sagrada Família church, and shares updates on the work to complete what Gaudí started 135 years ago. And travel writer Seth Kugel makes the case for letting serendipity play a role in your trip's itinerary. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/19/202252 minutes
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666 Unter den Linden; Touring the Thames; A Heart for Public Art

A pair of German tour guides take us on a vicarious stroll down Unter den Linden, the famed tree-lined boulevard running through the heart of Berlin, and describe what it reveals about their country's history. A British writer and avid "mudlarker" explains why low tide on the River Thames often brings pieces of that city's past to the surface. And an artist with a passion for street art tells us how she helped brighten up a couple of working-class neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/12/202252 minutes
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665 Surprises from Boring Places; Sidecountry; Dakar, Senegal

We consider how visiting second- and third-tier destinations — places some might dismiss as "boring" — can lead to the most rewarding travel experiences. And two New York Times journalists take us on a pair of journeys: first to the world of offbeat — and often mortally dangerous — athletic achievements, and then to the Atlantic-seaside attractions of Dakar, Senegal's lively capital. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/5/202252 minutes
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664 Tblisi; Bruges; Milan

A young "digital nomad" tells us why Tblisi, in the Republic of Georgia, makes an ideal home base for working abroad. Then a Belgian tour guide describes what visitors enjoy most when exploring the medieval town center of Bruges. And tour guides from Italy share tips for people-watching among the high-fashion café society of Milan — and the cocktails to enjoy while doing so. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/29/202252 minutes
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574a American Hawaii; Aloha Rodeo; Surfing Groundswell

Historian Sarah Vowell revisits how the Hawaiian Islands became an American territory in the 19th century, then journalist David Wolman tells us how three cowboys from Hawaii's Big Island redefined the American West when they competed at the world's greatest rodeo championship. And writer Michael Scott Moore explores how surfing spread from Polynesia to the rest of the world. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/22/202252 minutes
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663 The MLK Trail; Afghanistan Ski Challenge; Favorite Travel Memories

The president of the social-justice nonprofit Sojourners joins Rick to discuss places you can visit to better appreciate the life and civil-rights accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. Travel writer Tim Neville describes how a homegrown ski slope had brought a bit of joy — at least for a few years — to the young people of Bamyan, Afghanistan. And listeners share their favorite travel memories as they anticipate embarking on new adventures before too long. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/15/202252 minutes
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662 Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail; When I Return to London; South of England

We hear from a young traveler who, having graduated from college amid the pandemic, used the opportunity to set out on an epic hike from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. Then Rick and the author of the "Frommer's London" guidebook share what makes them eager to return to London, and what post-pandemic changes they expect to see there. And a pair of British tour guides recommend important historical sites to explore in the south of England. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/8/202252 minutes
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661 Auld Lang Syne; Paris Sommelier; Gastro Obscura New Year's; Waters of Rome

Two Scottish friends explain the Scots-dialect lyrics to "Auld Lang Syne," and a Parisian sommelier shares his expert tips for selecting — and enjoying — French wines. Then an author with Atlas Obscura describes some of the unusual things people eat and drink to ring in the New Year in different parts of the world. And two experts on Roman history discuss the ornate fountains sprinkled around the Eternal City. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/1/202252 minutes
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427b Even More European Christmas Traditions

Learn about holiday traditions observed in France, Norway, Greece, London, the Spanish Basque Country, and small-town Italy. From festively decorated Greek boats to dishes of fresh oysters and fermented trout, and Santas who live not on the North Pole but on a farm or in the woods, Christmas is a little different across the pond. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/25/202152 minutes
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508b Another European Christmas

Hear about what Europeans are looking forward to at this time of year, from Saint Nicholas Day through Boxing Day, in Germany, England, Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, and the Czech Republic — perhaps it's some of grandma's special potato salad to go with the fish stew and figgy pudding! For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/18/202152 minutes
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660 A Theroux Traveler; Why We Travel; Winter in Paris; Dingle Bells

Rick talks with author Paul Theroux about the advantages of traveling solo, and swaps some travel-writing tricks, then TV host Samantha Brown joins us to describe how the pandemic has affected her love of exploratory travel. We'll also hear what's special about Paris in winter, and how the people of Dingle celebrate the Irish tradition of Wren's Day on December 26. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/11/202152 minutes
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659 Lyon; Building a Beloved Community; Influential Iceland

A pair of French tour guides tell us why Lyon is one of their favorite places in France. Then the president of the social-justice nonprofit Sojourners describes how the example set by Martin Luther King, Jr., inspires his work within religious communities in America. And a journalist from Iceland points out his country's surprising degree of influence on the world stage. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/4/202152 minutes
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546a Greek Godmother; Lidia's American Dream; Promised Land

A Greece-based tour guide describes the elevated role of godparents in her adopted country, where godparents become a lifelong part of the child's family. Then TV chef Lidia Bastianich shares the story of her family's flight from Yugoslavia, and the successful family business they were able to start in America. And former NBC Middle East correspondent Martin Fletcher explains how his latest novel, set in Israel during its early years as a modern state, evokes the extraordinary drama of Israeli life in that era. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/27/202152 minutes
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658 Humble American Bragging; Why I Love Madrid; Deep Time Journey

British travel writer Richard Grant discusses the sporting sense of humor he's observed (and appreciated) behind the distinctly American talent for over-the-top bragging. Then tour guides from Madrid let us in on their favorite places to take visitors in the Spanish capital. And we ponder our place in the planet's history with author Robert Macfarlane, who shares insights gained from a decade of investigating, from a perspective of geologic time, humanity's relationship with our landscape. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/20/202152 minutes
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657 Perillo Family Italy; Soul of South Korea; Visiting Europe Now

Tour operator Steve Perillo describes his family's connection to a scenic town near Naples, and why he's so eager to return. Then travel writer Chaney Kwak explains why Seoul is an ideal introduction to traveling in Asia, and recommends a relaxing island counterpoint to the bustling Korean capital. And Rick and his frequent collaborator Cameron Hewitt fill us in on what they encountered on their first European trips since the pandemic began. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/13/202152 minutes
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656 On Travel Writing; Antarctic Madhouse; Enchantress of Florence

Join Rick on a dip into the deeper end of travel literature as he talks with travel essayist Pico Iyer about writing from the heart, then with author Julian Sanction, who recounts the gripping story of a polar expedition stuck in Antarctic ice over 100 years ago. And Salman Rushdie takes us back 500 years to describe some of the key figures of Renaissance Italy and Moghul India. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/6/202152 minutes
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581a Recoleta Cemetery; Spooky Atlas Obscura; Near the Exit

Just in time for Halloween and Day of the Dead, meet some of the famous residents of Buenos Aires' Recoleta Cemetery, then take an armchair expedition to some of the spookiest places in the Atlas Obscura catalog. And hear what an Episcopal deacon has learned about how people around the world deal with death. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/30/202152 minutes
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655 SF East Bay; A Week in London; Climate Crucible

Roman Mars, host of the podcast "99 Percent Invisible," describes some of his favorite examples of clever design from his home turf in Oakland and Berkeley. Then two tour guides from London team up with Rick to recommend an ideal sightseeing week in the British capital. And poet and essayist Lisa Wells shares the insights — and optimism — she gained from interviewing a geographically and ideologically wide range of people battling climate change by improving their own communities. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/23/202152 minutes
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654 Best of Bulgaria; Traveling with Disabilities; Chasing the Sun

Two tour guides from Sofia explain why Bulgaria is one of Europe's most underrated travel destinations (hint: it has a long, fascinating history — and bargain prices). Author Francine Falk-Allen shares know-how and insights for traveling with a physical disability. And author Richard Cohen describes the varied ways human cultures have long celebrated — and feared — our life-giving nearby star. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/16/202152 minutes
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538a Why I Love Berlin; Italian Coffee Bars

Three tour guides from Berlin suggest sights to see and experiences to enjoy in Germany's vibrant, changing capital. And to celebrate Oktoberfest season, a tour guide from Munich explains why beer gardens are so important to Bavarian culture. Then two guides from Italy walk us through the typical Italian's daily visit to a coffee bar, and share tips on how to order your espresso like a true Italian. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/9/202152 minutes
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653 Ærø Island Denmark; Emilia-Romagna; Italian View of Sicily

Find out what makes the small Danish island of Ærø a perfectly charming and cozy getaway, which region Italophile Fred Plotkin considers Italy's greatest source of culinary and cultural achievements, and why the large island of Sicily is such a favorite with visitors, whether from elsewhere in Italy or abroad. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/2/202152 minutes
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652 Gastro Obscura; Disney World Update; Memory Lane

A writer with Atlas Obscura describes some of the world's most unusual foods — and extraordinary places to eat them. Then the author of Frommer's guide to Orlando shares tips for visiting Disney World, which has introduced big changes to its reservations system just in time for its 50th anniversary. And listeners share some of the travel memories that have helped keep their spirits up amid pandemic-delayed travel plans. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/25/202152 minutes
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651 Inner Hebrides; Soul of the Family Tree; Ancient Ireland

Scottish tour guides share their best advice for a spirit-boosting trip to the enchanting isles of Scotland's Inner Hebrides. Then author Lori Erickson invites us to gain a deeper understanding of our own family histories as she describes what she discovered about her Norwegian ancestors — and the realization that her day-to-day life remains influenced by a certain Viking energy. And tour guides from Ireland let us in on their favorite places to connect with the culture of the ancient Celts. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/18/202152 minutes
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495a National Parks Dinner Party; The Great Southwest; Crazy Utah Bike Ride

Author Terry Tempest Williams describes the various "personalities" of a dozen US national parks, and examines each one's contributions to the American character. Then historian Flannery Burke tells us how Arizona and New Mexico came to embody what we now think of as the Great Southwest. And travel writer Christopher Solomon enjoys getting dusty on a mountain-bike tour across southern Utah. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/11/202152 minutes
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650 Silver Linings; Basque Cities; English Villages

Travel writer Don George shares the reflections that have helped him get through the pandemic with a positive outlook. Then tour guides from the border-straddling Basque Country of Spain and France lend insights on their home turf, plus advice for enjoying it. And a pair of British guides describe a few of their favorite historic villages in the west of England, where the traditions of its scenic countryside are alive and well. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/4/202152 minutes
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649 Bowen Island, BC; Arctic Wisdom; Warsaw

Listen in as a University of British Columbia professor describes the woodsy charm of Bowen Island, just offshore from Vancouver, and a nature photographer shares what he's learned from decades of working amid the often-surprising light of the Alaskan Arctic. Then hear how Poland's capital city has shaken off its difficult 20th-century history to become a vibrant 21st-century metropolis that's well worth exploring. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/28/202152 minutes
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580a Villages of Tuscany; Megafauna

American-born tour guides who've settled in Tuscany explain why it's an ideal region for experiencing the essence of Italy. And the curator of mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History tells us what scientists are learning about the fantastic beasts that used to roam the Earth — as they investigate why they went extinct. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/21/202152 minutes
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648 Becoming a Digital Nomad; Window Seat; Spirit of the Grand Canyon

Get tips on becoming a "digital nomad" from an American who relocated to the Republic of Georgia. Then consider ideas for taking a deeper look at the US as a geologist shares advice on making the most of the view from your next domestic flight, and an Arizona novelist describes how the overwhelming beauty of the Grand Canyon inspires her writing. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/14/202152 minutes
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647 Algarve Coast; Fijian Customs; What Pandemic Showed Me

Find out what makes the coastline of southern Portugal's Algarve region an ideal destination for family vacations. And learn about some of Fiji's most interesting customs as a guidebook author describes how the indigenous population of this South Pacific island nation has maintained its cultural identity. Plus listeners share tales of how the pandemic has impacted their lives and travels. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/7/202152 minutes
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646 Daughter of Peru; Married to Bhutan; Barcelona Guide

Journalist and author Marie Arana describes her cross-cultural experience of growing up in both Peru and the US, and another author, Linda Leaming — one of very few Americans to ever live in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan — shares her experiences of teaching in and marrying into Bhutanese culture. Plus Spanish tour guide Jorge Román joins Rick to discuss what made Barcelona a booming tourism destination before the pandemic, and offers suggestions for visiting the city's less touristy attractions. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/31/202152 minutes
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645 Romantic Rhine; Indian Ocean Journeys; Where I'm Going

A pair of seasoned tour guides discuss the romantic allure of Germany's Rhine Valley, and author David Mould recounts his journeys in the Indian Ocean region while sharing what he's loved most from his time in India, Bangladesh, and Madagascar. Plus, with some restrictions on international travel winding down, listeners tell us where they're most eager to venture next. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/24/202152 minutes
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556a Flamenco Fan; Four Seasons in Lesotho; Faux Pas

A flamenco enthusiast from Sweden explains her lifelong passion for the fiery dance traditions of southern Spain. Then writer Will McGrath tells us what he learned from his neighbors while living in southern Africa's small mountainous nation of Lesotho. And Rick checks in with listeners to hear how the mistakes they've made as travelers became openings to connect with local culture. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/17/202152 minutes
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644 Underappreciated Paris Museums; Many Lives of the Louvre; Cote D'Azur

Get ideas for visiting some of Paris' unique, under-appreciated small museums, as well as tips for tackling its massive grande dame, the Louvre — and an author's insights into the former palace's remarkable history. And French tour guides tell us what they love best about the cities along the Mediterranean's sparkling Cote d'Azur. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/10/202152 minutes
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643 Pandemic Road Trip; Corona Wanderlust; American Surprises

Esteemed travel writer Paul Theroux recounts his cross-country adventure driving from Cape Cod to southern California amid a pandemic, and Don George of National Geographic Traveler describes how he's dealt with wanderlust while staying close to home. Then Laurence Brown of YouTube series Lost in the Pond shares a few of the surprises he's found since moving to America from England. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/3/202152 minutes
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569a Best National Park Experiences; Northland; San Francisco Day Trips

Writer Porter Fox tells us what he discovered when he followed the US-Canada border from Maine to Washington State. Then writer and photographer Becky Lomax shares her favorite national park experiences. And guidebook author Kimberley Lovato recommends day trip options for enjoying beaches, redwood groves, and wineries within easy reach of San Francisco. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/26/202152 minutes
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642 Turkish Market; Tour Industry; Inclusivity

After learning why a midday stop at the public market is always a good idea in Turkey, get an insider's look at how the tour industry is rebuilding itself as Rick and the head of Perillo Tours compare notes on what the road to normalcy looks like for their companies. And New York Times travel writer Tariro Mzezewa examines what "inclusivity" really means for African-American travelers. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/19/202152 minutes
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641 Finding Europe in America; Cruise Ship Nightmare; Iceland Backcountry

Get ideas and tips from TV host Samantha Brown for finding little corners of Europe in the New World, then hear an author's dramatic firsthand account of a near catastrophe on a cruise ship caught powerless in a freak winter storm off the coast of Norway. And a tour guide takes us to the wild, windy, and wonder-inspiring backcountry of Iceland. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/12/202152 minutes
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640 Invisible City; Under the Wave at Waimea

There's an invisible layer to the city where you live. It's meant to make your life easier, but is easy to overlook. Roman Mars of the podcast "99% Invisible" helps us examine how our urban environments are designed. And author Paul Theroux tells us how he explores getting older and the surfing culture near his home on Oahu's North Shore in his latest novel, "Under the Wave at Waimea."  For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/5/202152 minutes
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554a Why I Love Rome; Garden Lust; Mountain Switzerland

There's something about the city of Rome that lets you know you get to be part of its incredible history. On the next Travel with Rick Steves, we'll hear how the locals love their city, even with all its flaws. The author of "Garden Lust" tells us about his favorite contemporary botanical gardens around the world. And we get advice for hiking and touring in the Swiss Alps. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/29/202152 minutes
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639 Mid-American Feast; All the Way to the Tigers; Feedback

Enjoy a picnic of comfort foods from the American Midwest, as Matthew Gavin Frank describes a few of his favorites. Author Mary Morris tells us what she discovered on a challenging winter trip to central India, when she decided to travel "All the Way to the Tigers." And listeners share recommendations and feedback with Rick from what they've heard on recent episodes of the show. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/22/202152 minutes
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638 Sailing in Oslo; Underland; Beyond Amsterdam

There's a largely unknown world to explore, right beneath your feet. Author Robert Macfarlane tells us what he finds intriguing about the "Underland." Plus, hop aboard for a sail to Oslo. And Dutch tour guides help us plan a trip to the Netherlands, where they recommend Haarlem, cycling to the sea, and other attractions beyond the usual sights in Amsterdam. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/15/202152 minutes
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286b Mother's Day: Sweet Home Croatia; An American Mother in Paris

On our Mother's Day edition, we hear what it was like to relocate a Midwestern family to the Croatian village their great-grandparents came from. An American who married a Frenchman tells us what it’s like raising a child in Paris. We go on a sentimental family trip to San Francisco, and hear how mamma is center stage in Sicily. Plus Rick pays tribute to his late mother, who influenced him to become a traveler. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/8/202152 minutes
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637 Versailles; Reporting from West Africa; Orthodox Easter Traditions

New York Times correspondent Dionne Searcey tells us about her work as the paper's West Africa bureau chief, where her team's reporting on the women kidnapped by Boko Haram won them a Pulitzer. Learn how the palace of Versailles was built to impress — and still does so for visitors today. And hear about the elaborate traditions of Bulgaria and Greece for Orthodox Easter. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/1/202152 minutes
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636 Athens Neighborhoods; Digital Nomads; Venice Lagoon

An American "digital nomad" tells us how he's figured out how to work from home, overseas in the Republic of Georgia. Guides from Athens tell us how their city became a cleaner, more attractive metropolis for exploring ancient and modern Greece after they spiffed up for the 2004 Olympics. And we wade into the issues behind the flooding that often threatens Venice. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/24/202152 minutes
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635 The Habsburgs; Lost in the Pond; Arabic Friends

Laurence Brown explores a few of the memos that must have gotten "lost in the pond" between the US and Britain. Zora O'Neill tells us how studying the Arabic language might not prepare you for talking to everyday people in today's Arab world. And hear how the most important royal family in Europe earned their titles the old fashioned way — by marrying into them. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/17/202152 minutes
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482a Sevilla April Fair; Walking England; City Squares

A tour guide from Sevilla explains how the annual April Fair will animate her city again when the pandemic is finished. Guides from England share their favorite places to enjoy your own piece of the English countryside, on any of the hundreds of walking trails in Britain. And we explore how public squares can make all the difference in how a great city defines itself. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/10/202152 minutes
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634 Holy Land Easter; Mudlarking; Higher Tides

A London "mudlarker" who searches the River Thames at low tide for buried objects describes how discarded items can connect us with life in the Victorian era, and even as far back as Roman times. Plus, hear what high tides threaten to bring to coastal communities around the world, and celebrate Easter at sites mentioned in the Bible. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/3/202152 minutes
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633 Granada; Mount Ararat; Colombia's Rio Magdalena

Guides from Spain highlight the historical treasures you can find in Granada today, including the impressive Islamic art of its Alhambra palace. Rick Antonson tells us how he climbed to the top of Mount Ararat in Turkey and about its significance to nearby Armenians. And anthropologist Wade Davis explains how the flow of the Rio Magdalena helps define today's nation of Colombia. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/27/202152 minutes
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318a Springtime in Basque Country; Irish Song

You'll find one of the oldest cultures in Europe along the Atlantic coast of Spain and France. We'll explore Basque Country with two guides who have deep family roots in the region. We'll also visit the island of Innishmore in Ireland's Aran Islands. And we'll extend our St. Patrick's Day observance by hearing how nearly every town in Ireland comes with its own special song. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/20/202152 minutes
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632 Galway; A Week in Ireland; Brittany

We'll help you start your travel plans for when the pandemic is behind us with an all-Celtic hour. Tour guides from Ireland offer insider advice for visiting Galway and the west of Ireland, and for planning a week's itinerary to the Emerald Isle. We'll also pop over to the Celtic corner of France to hear what makes Brittany a special destination to visit. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/13/202152 minutes
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631 The Ravenmaster; Future Travel; Tour Business in 2021

A Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London explains why a British legend about ravens is being put to the test. A New York Times reporter tells us how people are hoping to travel safely again. The head of Perillo Tours describes how his company dealt with the loss of business over the past year. And Rick reveals how he got the notion to become a travel writer more than 40 years ago on the moors of England. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/6/202152 minutes
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630 Portugal's Art and Architecture; Breakfast With Polygamists; Jack London's Yukon

Travel writer Dave Seminara tells us how curiosity led him to meet with healers in the jungles of Nicaragua and Belize. Plus, Richard Grant tells us how a Yukon winter in Dawson City inspired Jack London to become a writer; tour guides from Lisbon point out the art that colors the streets of Portugal; and we get a close-up appreciation of Leonardo's Mona Lisa. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/27/202152 minutes
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534a Crete; Alaska's Tip of the Iceberg; Darwin Comes to Town

A Dutch biologist explains how urban evolution is happening faster than we used to think all over the world. Plus, travel writer Mark Adams describes his 3,000-mile voyage along the coasts of Alaska to follow what the Harriman Expedition saw in 1899. And we'll hear how the Greek island of Crete offers a natural experience unlike any other. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/20/202152 minutes
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629 Loving French Cheese; More Cities of China; Carnival in Venice & Rhineland

While this year's Mardi Gras parties were called off because of the pandemic, we'll bring you a virtual celebration of Carnival — a social safety valve for letting off steam since the Middle Ages in Venice and Cologne. We'll also explore more of China's booming megacities with the head of the Young China Group and enjoy the local artisan cheeses you can find all over France. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/13/202152 minutes
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628 Amtrakistan; Astronaut's View; Renaissance Florence

Find out what taking high-definition photos of Earth through the windows of the International Space Station revealed to astronaut Chris Hadfield. Hear why writer Eric Weiner prefers spending four days on Amtrak over a cross-country flight. And get inspired to view the Renaissance treasures of Florence. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/6/202152 minutes
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627 Guanajuato & Querétaro; Patricia Schultz Places to See; Where I Really Want to Go

With a global pandemic playing havoc with travel plans, we can take refuge in our fondest travel memories and look at places to go next. We'll explore what the picturesque cities of central Mexico have to offer. And the author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die recommends some of her favorite destinations. Plus, listeners share where they hope to visit once it's safe to travel overseas again. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/30/202152 minutes
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626 Unraveling America; Spanish Civil War Sites; Photogenic Scotland

A Canadian observer of America's malaise offers what he calls an "intervention" to his friends in the USA. Plus, we'll explore Spain's civil war with a pair of Spanish tour guides whose families still feel the after-effects of the Franco era decades later. And we make time to find beauty in the Gothic stained-glass marvel of Saint-Chappelle in Paris and the photogenic landscapes of Scotland. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/23/202152 minutes
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550a Expats in Italy; Maeve in America

American ex-pats tell us why they chose to make a new home for themselves in Italy — and how they make it work. And Irish comedian Maeve Higgins explains what it's been like moving to New York from a small town in County Cork and getting accustomed to American ways. She also tells us about the stories of fellow immigrants that she has gotten to know. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/16/202152 minutes
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625 Snowdonia; Outposts; Natural Slovenia

British travel writer Dan Richards explores the historic outposts and refuges you can visit that are scattered among some of the most dramatic scenery on earth. Plus, local guides tell us about the outdoor possibilities in their home turf, from Wales' highest views at Snowdonia National Park to the surprises you'll find in the elaborate underground caves of Slovenia.  For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/9/202152 minutes
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624 Greek Mythology Sites; National Parks Year; Travel Memories

Guides from Greece tell us about the significant places you can visit to better understand the world of the ancient Greeks. Journalist Conor Knighton describes how he made an epic New Year's resolution happen by visiting all of America's National Parks in 12 months. And listeners share their standout travel memories, as we await the chance to explore the world again. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/2/202152 minutes
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549a Searching for Stars; Stoked My Spirit; Champagne

MIT Professor Alan Lightman tells us how a little time alone with the night sky in Maine illuminated his awareness of the universe, and his place in it. Also, listeners share travel experiences that really "stoked their spirit." And we get ready to welcome in the new year with a toast to Champagne, and the region in France where the bubbly comes from. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/26/202052 minutes
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548a German Christmas Markets; Christmas Memories Madrid, Sicily, Ireland, Hebrides

Brighten your socially distanced holidays by looking at the extra observances our friends in Europe normally celebrate this time of year. Listen in as Rick's friends from Germany, Spain, Sicily, Ireland, and Scotland tell us how they have traditionally enjoyed the holidays where they live. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/19/202052 minutes
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623 Christmas in Holland, Santa Fe, Venice; Wassailing; Holiday Travels

Take a virtual vacation to spice up this year's stay-at-home holidays: We'll hear about the festive customs people in Holland, Venice, Santa Fe, and England have for celebrating the Christmas season, and listeners tell us where they'd like to travel again in December. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/12/202052 minutes
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622 UK Royals; Lost Pianos of Siberia; Action in the Piazza

"Have you got a piano?" Sophy Roberts tells us how that simple question warmed her up to the people of Siberia on a search for historic pianos in the Russian Far East. Plus, find out how you can get close to the sites and treasures of the British royal family. And author Frances Mayes explains how piazzas play a vital role in the life of Italian towns and cities — and shares her personal favorites.  For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/5/202052 minutes
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621 Italian Wine and Music; Nomadland USA

Jessica Bruder, author of the book that the new movie "Nomadland" is based on, tells us how she learned firsthand how thousands of older Americans survive on seasonal temp work while living in RVs. We'll also hear about the wines Italians prefer and the songs that get requested the most in Italy. Plus, Rick describes the "bella chaos" he's enjoyed when strolling the streets of Naples. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/28/202052 minutes
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544a Bulgarian Feast; Gascony Gastronomy; Italian Olive Oil

Find out how living in the crosshairs of cultural battlelines in the Balkans has made Bulgaria one of Europe's most interesting places to eat. Food writer David McAninch reveals what makes the food traditions of Gascony different from the rest of France. And tour guides from southern Italy tell us what Italians expect in a good olive oil. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/21/202052 minutes
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620 Frankfurt; Ghostways; Where I Really Want to Go

We look beyond the dazzling skyscrapers of Frankfurt to find the city's street-level charms, with the help of a friendly pair of German tour guides. Author Robert Macfarlane tells us about two of England's most mysterious landscapes, in Dorset and Suffolk, which he finds himself drawn to. And Rick checks with more listeners on how they're coping with this year's canceled travel plans. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/14/202052 minutes
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619 Paprika; Silver Sword and Stone; Galicia

Tour guides from Hungary set us straight on their country's love of paprika and what a good goulash is supposed to be. Author Marie Arana looks at how a thousand years of history can help explain the differences between the countries of Latin America and the US. And we'll explore why Galicia — a lesser-known corner of Spain — is where Spaniards like to escape from the heat and the crowds. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/7/202052 minutes
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382b Pirates of the Carolinas; Faeries of Ireland; Ghosts of San Francisco

Just in time for Halloween and All Souls Day, we'll explore the legacy of the real-life pirates who operated off the Carolina coast of colonial America. A pair of Irishmen clue us in to their country's traditions about the different orders of faery people that some believe inhabit Ireland. And we'll learn about ghost sightings in San Francisco and the stories that come with them. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/31/202052 minutes
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618 Medellin; Traveling with Gloria Steinem and David McCullough

Rick compares notes with travel writer Dave Seminara on Medellín, Colombia, as the "City of Eternal Spring" tries to shake off its former reputation for cartel violence and promote itself as a safe and family-friendly destination. Plus, we relive two of our favorite interviews, hearing how important travel has been to the work of writer and activist Gloria Steinem and historian David McCullough. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/24/202052 minutes
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617 Dutch Masters; Where I Want to Go; Bird Brains

Find out what the art of the Dutch Masters can reveal about the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century, and why Holland and Belgium were so different from the rest of Europe. Learn about the intelligence and personalities of different bird species around the world, and what they might teach us about what it means to be human. Plus listeners share where they want to go next, after their travel plans have been postponed by this year's global shutdowns. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/17/202052 minutes
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542a Wild West Ghost Towns; Heroes of Ireland; Savage Harvest

Author Jim Hinckley recommends Old West ghost towns you can still visit, before they fade away. Irish singer Cathie Ryan shares how Ireland remembers its heroes in the lyrics of traditional songs. And journalist Carl Hoffman tells us what he learned about the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, who vanished in 1961 while on an art-buying expedition in the jungles of New Guinea. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/10/202052 minutes
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616 Zagreb; Natchez; Leave Only Footprints

Learn why Croatia's capital, Zagreb, is a hidden gem for visitors to eastern central Europe, where tourist crowds have never been a problem. Author Richard Grant tells us why Natchez is called the quirkiest town in Mississippi, and what its slave-owning history can teach America today. And reporter Conor Knighton tells us what he learned after spending a year exploring every US national park. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/3/202052 minutes
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615 Places to Fly Fish; Monsoon Postcards; Copenhagen

Get inspired to fly-fish in some of the world's most beautiful waters; hear what challenges people overcome every day in the countries that border the Indian Ocean; and get ready to enjoy yourself in convivial Copenhagen. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/26/202052 minutes
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614 Bulgarian Festivals; Paul Theroux Travels; Checking In

Travel writer Paul Theroux shares what he looks for when he travels — experiences that turn into best-selling books and take readers on adventures around the world. We'll also hear how festivals in Bulgaria celebrate the nation's history, folk culture, and the changing seasons. And listeners tell us where they hope to be able to travel next, when the pandemic is under control. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/19/202052 minutes
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523a Language Vacations; Ex-Pat Mexico City; YOLO Los Angeles

An American ex-pat tells us why he's made Mexico City his home for the past 25 years and how the Mexican capital is becoming a magnet for people from around the Americas. We'll also look at the fun things you can do only in Los Angeles, when the city gets back to its own version of normal again. And a language buff recommends the benefits of studying a new language overseas. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/12/202052 minutes
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613 Lockdown in Honolulu and Edmonds; Santorini; Blue Mind

Rick tells us what it's like to spend his first summer at home in decades. We get an update on how Honolulu is faring without tourist crowds. We'll hear what the Greeks like best about their most popular vacation island, Santorini. And a marine biologist explains how being near the water — even if it's just in a bowl on the table — can help reduce stress and ease your state of mind.   For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/5/202052 minutes
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612 Inland West Coast Roadtrips; Making Scottish Music; Oddball English Festivals

Explore the traditions of Scotland in a special studio concert with folk musicians Jim and Susie Malcolm. We'll also look at some of the quirkier festivals you can find in England. And we'll get you ready to cruise the inland back roads of California and the Pacific Northwest, in search of farm stands, scenic parks, and gentle touches of Americana. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/29/202052 minutes
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444a Urban Australia; Epic Family Road Trip; Nordic Cousins

Get an inside look at the mostly friendly rivalry between Sweden and Norway (naturally, it comes with a few old jokes). We'll also meet the traveling Elliott family, who visited Rick in the middle of a pre-Covid, cross-country road trip; they have tips for making a long road trip work for the whole family. And we'll explore Australia's urbanized east coast, from Melbourne to Brisbane. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/22/202052 minutes
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611 Pico in Lockdown; Socrates Express; Fiji

Writer Pico Iyer looks for silver linings to the pandemic lockdowns. Eric Weiner explores the life lessons he gained by visiting the home turf of the world's great thinkers and philosophers. And the author of a guidebook to Fiji shares the tourism highlights of the South Pacific nation where her family has lived for generations. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/15/202052 minutes
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610 London Layover; Tower of London; Day Trips

Join us for a jolly good "Hour of London": Once we can fly to Europe again, hear how you can plan a quick visit to the city when you have a long layover at Heathrow. Get inspired by nearby day trips that are easy to arrange when you're staying in London. And discover why there's a Ravenmaster who guards a thousand years of history at the Tower of London. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/8/202052 minutes
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609 Locked Down in Switzerland and Belgium; Reykjavík Day Trips; Mongol Derby

Meet the first woman — and youngest contestant — to win the world's longest endurance horse race across the wilds of Mongolia. Explore the beauty of Iceland on a day trip from the capital, Reykjavík. And hear what the pandemic lockdown has been like for Rick's friends in Belgium and Switzerland. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/1/202052 minutes
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511a Open Phones: Travel Plans; Buffy Sainte-Marie; The Yellow Envelope

Singer Buffy Sainte-Marie tells us how her activist album "Medicine Songs" raises awareness about our place in today's world. Author Kim Dinan tells us how a yellow envelope a friend gave her set the tone for a three-year, round-the-world adventure. And listeners share concerns they have as they plan their next overseas travels.     For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/25/202052 minutes
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608 Checking on Friends in New York and Italy; Lessons From Nature

As a summer close-to-home unfolds, Rick checks in with friends in New York and Italy: Cultural maven Fred Plotkin tells us how he's used the downtime to start new projects, and tour guides from Rome, Venice, and Siena describe what their cities' gradual re-openings have meant to them. Plus, nature writer Gary Ferguson shares eight master lessons Mother Nature wants to teach us. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/18/202052 minutes
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607 Romantic Bridges and Little Museums of Paris; Burgundy

There's always something new to discover and enjoy when you visit Paris. We'll take a closer look at the beautiful bridges that set the stage for a romantic walk along the Seine as well as the marvels and delights you can find in the city's many specialty museums and galleries. And for the pleasure of slowing down to savor the moment, we'll explore Burgundy, a couple hours south of the capital. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/11/202052 minutes
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606 Aniakchak; Here Lies America; Ballpark Boys

After visiting battlefield monuments and memorials, Jason Cochran saw how American history has been written and re-written. He tells us how the Civil War still factors into how his native South views itself. We'll also look at the ultimate summer adventure in social distancing on the Alaska Peninsula and hear how a group of high-school buddies road-tripped to every Major League Baseball stadium. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/4/202052 minutes
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605 Vancouver Tourism; Buffalo Hometown Pride; Bosnia

Eager for the Canada-US border to reopen? Whet your appetite to visit Vancouver and Buffalo: A former tourism exec explains issues the industry faces in Canada's West Coast metropolis, and a travel writer from Buffalo rediscovers his hometown's resilience and the fun you can find on either side of the Niagara River. We'll also hear what Bosnia offers as a diamond-in-the-rough destination.  For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/27/202052 minutes
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510a Megalopolis; Copenhagen's Christiania; Teenagers in Europe

An architecture professor from Italy compares the scope of today's mega-cities with the more human scale of Venice. A pair of documentary producers tell us what they found when they got to know the residents of a legendary commune in the middle of Copenhagen. And we get mom-tested advice for making everyone happy on an overseas trip with teenagers. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/20/202052 minutes
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604 West Coast Roadtrip; Southern Eats; Travel Kindness

Chandler O'Leary recommends highlights for a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway, from San Diego to the Olympic Peninsula. Matthew Gavin Frank describes some of the quintessential local dishes you can enjoy across the South. And listeners remember people they encountered in their travels, where a simple act of kindness became a lifelong memory. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/13/202052 minutes
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603 Millennial Netherlands; Walking Edinburgh; Week in Andalucía

A pair of millennial tour guides from the Netherlands describe the fun their generation looks forward to having again when their country returns to normal. Scottish guides recommend stops to explore when you walk the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Hear what you shouldn't miss when you visit the Andalucía region of southern Spain. And Rick develops a case of "Venus envy" in the museums of Europe.  For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/6/202052 minutes
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488a Enjoy Your Seat; Lisbon Neighborhoods; Buenos Aires Bio

Get stoked for when we can travel again with expert advice on enjoying Lisbon's intimate and historic neighborhoods. Architecture critic James Gardner tells us why he bought an apartment in Buenos Aires, where European elegance and Latin culture combine. And frequent traveler Wendy Simmons shares tips for enjoying your time in the air the next time you take a long-distance flight. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/30/202052 minutes
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602 How Berlin Remembers; Turkish Delights; Travel to Bhutan

Learn about the traditional Turkish comfort foods and desserts that you can enjoy from the shops and street vendors of Istanbul. An American who's married to an artist in Bhutan explains what's required for visitors to tour the Himalayan kingdom. And guides from Germany describe the monuments to their country's turbulent history that you'll find in Berlin. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/23/202052 minutes
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601 Looking for Rome; The End of Ice; Earth Day

Is it really too late? A mountain-climbing journalist explains why he says the accelerating effects of global warming have put the earth in hospice — and what it requires to turn it around. We'll also hear what the original Earth Day accomplished 50 years ago, and we'll take a closer look at Rome, where viewing more than 2,000 years of history can teach us a few things about our own civilization. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/16/202052 minutes
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598 Europe Day Hikes; Orlando 2020; Swiss Cities

Find out how the Disney and Universal theme parks compete for your time and money, and what other things you can plan to enjoy when attractions open up again in Orlando and central Florida. And get inspired to build a day hike into your travel plans or explore the attractions of Switzerland's most interesting cities the next time you're in Europe. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/9/202052 minutes
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600 Notre Dame Fire; Pilgrim Trails; Holy Rover

On our 15th-anniversary edition of Travel with Rick Steves, Rick explores designing your own spiritual pilgrimage: Tim Egan shares what the trail from Canterbury to Rome showed him about his own religious skepticism; Lori Erickson explains how spiritual travels informed her view of the world as a clergywoman; and Elaine Sciolino remembers how the world responded to the fire at Notre-Dame. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/2/202052 minutes
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505a Gili Islands; All-Season Australia; Unforgettable Travels

We revisit interviews from 2017 about the motor-free Gili Islands of Indonesia as alternatives to the crowded tourist scene on nearby Bali. A guide from Australia shares all-season recommendations for getting away from it all Down Under. And listeners tell us about their most memorable travel adventures. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/25/202052 minutes
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575a Europe Hiking; Exploring Athens; Grooviest Gardens

Get inspired to rediscover the world when it's safe to travel again with an episode that takes us to a number of special outdoor venues. We'll get more ideas for exploring the long-distance hiking trails of Europe, find out about improvements to the neighborhoods of Athens, and discover the world's most interesting contemporary gardens. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/18/202052 minutes
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481a Saints of Spain; David Suchet — Footsteps of St. Paul; Michelangelo In Florence

Tour guides from Spain explain the importance of saints to the Spanish national identity — and as a reason for holding a festival. Actor David Suchet tells us what he discovered about his faith when he filmed a documentary about the first-century travels of St. Paul. And Rick chats with art historian Miles J. Unger about the masterpieces Michelangelo created in Florence. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/11/202052 minutes
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599 Weekend in Eger; China 2020; Open Phones

Find out why the Old-World town of Eger, in northern Hungary, is such a popular weekend getaway from Budapest. The head of the Young China Group updates us on how the millennial generation has been coping lately in China. And listeners remind Rick that you're never too old to travel. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/4/202052 minutes
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521a Berner Oberland; T.T. Williams' Utah; The Philippines

Author Terry Tempest Williams explains why she purchased oil leases near her home in the Utah desert to protest removing protections in a national monument. Travel writer Kiki Deere tells us why the Philippines is one of her favorite countries to visit. And a tour guide who mapped hiking trails in Switzerland's Lauterbrunnen Valley talks about the area's Alpine thrills. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/28/202052 minutes
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451a Lighthouses; Being Welsh; Stanway House

Learn about the important role lighthouses played in the 19th century, and find out where you can visit interesting ones in the US and France. We'll also hear from a Welsh tour guide on the pride that comes from belonging to a distinctive corner of Great Britain, with its own language and traditions. And Rick visits England's Stanway House, a slightly eccentric version of Downton Abbey. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/21/202052 minutes
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597 Dublin Walk; Immortal Irishman; Aran Islands

It's an all-Irish hour, as tour guides from Dublin and the West point out what you can find on a walking tour of the Irish capital and share why the rugged Aran Islands are one of the top sites to explore Ireland's traditions. And author Timothy Egan explains the legacy of the most famous Irish American immigrant of the 19th century. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/14/202052 minutes
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596 San Miguel de Allende; Frances Mayes A Tavola; Scottish Nationalism; Olympic Flame

Discover why the city of San Miguel de Allende is attracting artists and retirees to Mexico, and why food in Italy is reliably good — even in restaurants you might find on a road trip. We'll also hear from a pair of pro-independence Scots on how Scottish nationalism is different by being left-of-center, and a Greek tour guide explains the origins of the Olympic Flame Lighting ceremony. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/7/202052 minutes
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595 The Story of Spanish; First Timer's Spain

Learn how Spanish became one of the world's most important languages, and get tips for enjoying your first trip to Spain and for tackling the massive art collection at the Prado in Madrid. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/29/202052 minutes
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594 Basque Carnaval; Venice Sinking; Ghosts in Papua New Guinea

Learn why acqua alta episodes are flooding Venice more frequently — and what it was like to live through a week of near-record floods last November. Hear what it takes to hike across Papua New Guinea on the notorious Kokoda Trail. And discover the traditions behind the February "Carnaval" celebrations in the Basque Country of France and Spain. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/22/202052 minutes
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395a Monet's Passion; The French House; Marrying Into Italy

Learn why Monet created colorful gardens at his house near Paris from an artist who helped restore them. Hear how renovating a house on an island off the coast of Brittany can feed your wild side. Three Americans explain the expectations of being married to an Italian (and living next to the in-laws). And an adventure cyclist shares the story of a timely romantic surprise. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/15/202052 minutes
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593 Low Country Showdown; The Seine; German Style

Writer Elaine Sciolino explains how the legendary Seine River made Paris into the vital, romantic city you find today. We'll also hear from German tour guides on how their country views its important social issues, and we'll learn the differences between the Belgians and the Dutch. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/8/202052 minutes
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592 Insider's Amalfi; Korean Nunchi; Feedback

Writer Euny Hong explains how a Korean system of non-verbal social skills works, and how it can help in your travels and your life. We also get insider information on enjoying Italy's scenic Amalfi Coast without getting stuck in tourist crowds or traffic. And listeners check in with Rick about travel concerns for shoulder season and where you may need to look over your shoulder. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/1/202052 minutes
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506a World of Atlas Obscura; Scottish Hebrides; Saudade in Portugal

The folks from Atlas Obscura tell us about many of the remarkable traditions they've encountered, including a few of the creepiest. We'll also discover the timeless character of Scotland's Hebrides islands — where you're more likely to overhear conversations in Scots Gaelic than English — and learn how to turn the blues into songs that make you feel better with the fado music of Portugal. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/25/202052 minutes
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591 Polynesian Explorers; Northern Greece; Greek To Me

Tour guides from Athens and Thessaloniki recommend attractions to visit in Northern Greece, and "Comma Queen" Mary Norris explains what a love of Greek language and mythology can add to your own Greece odyssey. We'll also admire the seafaring skills of the Polynesians and hear how a cultural faux pas led to Captain James Cook's fateful encounter with the Hawaiians. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/18/202052 minutes
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590 Heart of Haiti; Arctic Refuge

On the 10th anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, journalist Catherine Porter tells Rick how the rescue of a 2-year-old girl brought hope to a desperate country — and changed her life, too. Plus, adventure traveler Christopher Solomon tells us what a recent trip to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge showed him about the forces battling over the largest wilderness refuge in the US. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/11/202052 minutes
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589 Paul Theroux's Mexico Journey; Ukraine for Tourists

One of the top American travel writers of our time, Paul Theroux, tells us about his recent road trip across Mexico to see for himself what the situation was like on the other side of the border. We'll also look at Ukraine as an up-and-coming Eastern European tourism destination with a lot to offer, at bargain prices. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/4/202052 minutes
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588 Travel Mode; Amsterdam Manners; Family Travel Plans

Make it your New Year's resolution to travel well. Writer Seth Kugel recommends a few rules for a "travel mode" that helps us focus on the world around us, and not on our phones. A Dutch tour guide helps us avoid the lines in Amsterdam to better enjoy and appreciate the city. And listeners share their upcoming family travel plans to Europe. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/28/201952 minutes
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508a Another European Christmas

Warm up your holidays by including time-tested traditions from the Old World, as Rick learns how friends in Germany, England, Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, and the Czech Republic celebrate Christmas. Potato salad and fish stew, anyone? For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/21/201952 minutes
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587 Cod in Portugal; Eating in Naples; Christmas Travels

Find out why cod is an important comfort food in Portugal, and get a taste of the treats found in Naples and the Campania region of Italy. We'll also hear from listeners on what they enjoy about traveling overseas during the Christmas season, and Rick checks in with an innkeeper in Dingle to learn how the west coast of Ireland gears up for the holidays. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/14/201952 minutes
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586 Travel Writers Travels; Autumn Light in Japan; Swedish Values

Pico Iyer explains why autumn is the perfect season for understanding the soul of Japan, Robert Reid recommends how to amp up your next vacation by traveling like a travel writer, and tour guides from Sweden share tips on keeping expenses in check and enjoying Scandinavia like a local. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/7/201952 minutes
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585 Pilgrim Trails of Italy; Wayfinding

What is relying on GPS doing to your brain? We'll explore our innate "Wayfinding" abilities with a science reporter who's investigated how some people are able to navigate with only natural features as their guide. Plus, enthusiasts of hiking Europe's medieval footpaths share what it's like to walk Italy's pilgrim trails to Rome. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/30/201952 minutes
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584 My Town; Lidia's Flavors of Italy; Wine Expert

The host of the TV show Lidia's Italy describes how the special of the day varies from region to region in the homes and restaurants of Italy. We'll also hear from a Madrid-based wine expert on tips to better enjoy what you're drinking, and listeners tell us what makes their hometowns feel special. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/23/201952 minutes
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503a The Nez Perce War; American Nomads

How much are we a product of our nation's history? Learn about the struggles between Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce and US General Oliver Otis Howard in the years following the Civil War. We'll also hear about the growing number of older, "houseless" Americans living full time in RVs and camper vans: For some, it's the ultimate freedom; for others, it's all they have left. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/16/201952 minutes
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583 Provence; Germany This Year; Gdańsk

We commemorate the big anniversaries in Germany for the fall of the Berlin Wall and the birth of the Bauhaus art movement. We'll also hear how Poland's port city of Gdańsk is an important historical center, and comes recommended as an up-and-coming visitor destination. And hear how the French like to relax in Provence, in the sunny south of France. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/9/201952 minutes
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582 Istria; Wee County Louth; Tides

Tour guides discuss two of Europe's scenic and less-crowded peninsulas: Croatia's Istrian Peninsula and Ireland's Cooley Peninsula. Then a marine conservationist shares what he's discovered about the power of tides around the world — and how they affect you, even if you don't live near the shore. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/2/201952 minutes
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581 Recoleta Cemetery; Spooky Atlas Obscura; Near the Exit

Just in time for Halloween and Day of the Dead, meet some of the famous residents of Buenos Aires' Recoleta Cemetery. Then take an armchair expedition to some of the spookiest places in the Atlas Obscura catalog. And hear what an Episcopal deacon has learned about how people around the world deal with death. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/26/201952 minutes
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461a Dracula's Romania; Discriminating London Guide; Travel Kindnesses

Find out about the ruthless 15th-century prince behind the Dracula legend, still a major source of tourism for Romania. Then get introduced to some of London's more sophisticated establishments, where you can dine and dress like a real gentleman or lady. And enjoy a taste of Diwali, India's "festival of lights" — plus hear from other listeners about unforgettable people they've met in their travels. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/19/201952 minutes
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580 Villages of Tuscany; Megafauna

American-born tour guides who've settled in Tuscany tell us why it's an ideal region for experiencing the essence of Italy. And the curator of mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History tells us what scientists are learning about the fantastic beasts that used to roam the Earth — as they investigate why they went extinct. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/12/201952 minutes
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579 Kerouac's Firewatch; Erosion; USA National Parks

British travel writer Dan Richards describes his hike to the remote post in Washington's North Cascades where Jack Kerouac spent two months as a fire lookout. Then author and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams describes how the processes of erosion define the Utah desert landscape she calls home, and how understanding them can provide a helpful perspective on our civic and social territory, as well as our physical. And photographer and guidebook writer Becky Lomax shares more of her favorite experiences in America's national parks. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/5/201952 minutes
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490a Travel Tech; Story of China; Take Your Child to Europe

Historian Michael Wood discusses how Westerners might better understand China, the world's new superpower, by learning more about its monumental achievements over the past 4,000 years. We'll also get time-tested advice from author Ashley Steel for taking the kids to Europe. Plus, Rick's son, Andy Steves, shares his favorite phone apps and other tech tips for travel. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/28/201952 minutes
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578 Walking Ljubljana; Munich and Bavaria; Wild Animals

The co-author of Rick's Eastern Europe guidebook and a Ljubljana-based tour guide discuss the laid-back charms of Slovenia's capital. Then a tour guide from Munich explains how to become a temporary Bavarian at Oktoberfest. And an adventure traveler shares why even the creepiest critters deserve a little respect. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/21/201952 minutes
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577 Magellan 500; Mexico City Neighborhoods; Ask Rick

Find out why Portugal isn't jumping on the Magellan 500th-anniversary bandwagon like their neighbors in Spain are. Then, guidebook author Julie Meade tells Rick which neighborhoods of Mexico City are the most fun to visit. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/14/201952 minutes
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576 Budget Travelers; Beginner's Guide to Japan; Ireland Today

Travel writer Seth Kugel offers eight tips for enjoying global travels with minimal expense. Then author Pico Iyer tells Rick how he keeps discovering new things about Japan and its people, even after living there for more than 30 years. And tour guides from Ireland share what's new in Dublin. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/7/201952 minutes
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493a Rolling Blackouts; Language to Lend; Czech Beer

Cartoonist Sarah Glidden shares the insights she gained while getting to know the Kurdish people of Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Then a Dutch "language spotter" recommends interesting foreign words we English speakers might want to borrow. And tour guides from Prague explain how sharing a beer is an important part of the social fabric in the Czech Republic. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/31/201952 minutes
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575 Europe Hiking; Exploring Athens; Grooviest Gardens

Author Cassandra Overby relays expert tips for exploring Europe's long-distance hiking trails. Then Greek tour guides discuss what's new in Athens' neighborhoods. And botanist Christopher Wood digs into the world's most interesting contemporary gardens. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/24/201952 minutes
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574 American Hawaii; Aloha Rodeo; Surfing Groundswell

Historian Sarah Vowell revisits how the Hawaiian Islands became an American territory in the 19th century, then journalist David Wolman tells us how three cowboys from Hawaii's Big Island redefined the American West when they competed at the world's greatest rodeo championship. And writer Michael Scott Moore explores how surfing spread from Polynesia to the rest of the world. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/17/201952 minutes
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494a Liechtenstein Day; Gelato; The English Moors

Hear about what it's like to celebrate National Day in Liechtenstein, one of the world's smallest — and wealthiest — countries. (Hint: Free beer at the palace!) Then learn the secret to gelato's distinctive smooth texture and get tips for picking the best gelato shop in any Italian town. And tour guides from Britain tell us why a hike in the wild and windy English moors can be a delightfully uncrowded way to escape into nature. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/10/201952 minutes
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573 Taste of Sicily; Cycling the Silk Road; Turkey 2019

Discover what makes the food in Sicily arguably the tastiest and most interesting in all of Italy. Then hear what it's like to bicycle 10,000 miles along the old Silk Road, from Turkey to Tibet. And Turkish tour guides give an update on tourism in Istanbul. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/3/201952 minutes
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572 Swiss Differences; EU Challenges; Elegant Hungary

Tour guides from across Europe discuss the European Union — and why Switzerland stands apart from its neighbors by not being an EU member. Plus, tour guides from Budapest recommend what to look for when you visit Hungary. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/27/201952 minutes
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571 Pluto; One Giant Leap; Astronaut's View

Space journalist Charles Fishman tells us how the Apollo 11 moonwalk became reality. Then Alan Stern, the head of NASA's New Horizons mission, tells us about their probe's fly-by of Pluto earlier this year. And astronaut Chris Hadfield describes the views of Earth from the International Space Station. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/20/201952 minutes
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570 The French; Paris Nightlife

The authors of "The Bonjour Effect" noticed that many problems foreigners encounter in France aren't due to not knowing the language, but rather not knowing how the French expect you to communicate with them. Now that their book has been translated into French, they tell us how their work has been received in France. And Rick shares tips for enjoying the Paris nightlife with two younger-generation tour guides, including his son, Andy! For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/13/201952 minutes
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476a American Women's History Sites; Diana Nyad; Wilderness Healing

Brent Glass, former director of the National Museum of American History, recommends places you can visit to commemorate the women who changed American history. Then endurance swimmer Diana Nyad tells us how she set a world record when she swam from Havana to Key West. And naturalist Gary Ferguson describes how the fierce nature of the wilderness can be a setting for both tragedy and healing. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/6/201952 minutes
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569 National Park Experiences; Northland; San Francisco Day Trips

Writer Porter Fox tells us what he discovered when he followed the US-Canada border from Maine to Washington State. Then, writer and photographer Becky Lomax shares her favorite National Park experiences. And guidebook author Kimberley Lovato recommends day trip options for enjoying beaches, redwood groves, and wineries within easy reach of San Francisco. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/29/201952 minutes
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568 Italy 2019; Today's Israel

Tour guides from Rome and Sorrento help listeners plan Italian adventures and let us in on how some things work — or don't work — in Italy. Then journalist Martin Fletcher tells us about living in Israel as well as the political pressures that will prevent a resolution to Israeli-Palestinian tensions from happening anytime soon. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/22/201952 minutes
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567 Hokkaido; Arctic Solitaire; Bloomsday in Dublin

Get tips from an American-Japanese author for experiencing the rugged allure of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Then hear from a nature photographer what it's like to spend a summer boating up Hudson Bay in search of polar bears. And learn all about how Dubliners celebrate Bloomsday — good fun even if you still haven't finished Ulysses. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/15/201952 minutes
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480a Turn Right at Machu Picchu; Sarah Vowell-Lafayette; Scotch

Author Mark Adams shares what he learned about Incan history while trekking to Machu Picchu, just a century after it was revealed to the outside world. Then author and radio commentator Sarah Vowell explains how Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette helped unify Americans after the contentious presidential election of 1824. And Rick checks in with tour guides from Edinburgh to get tips on visiting Scotland's whisky distilleries. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/8/201952 minutes
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566 Atlas Obscura for Kids; D-Day Sites; Lisbon 2019

The co-founder of Atlas Obscura, the online almanac of unusual places, recommends destinations sure to fascinate curious kids. Then a military historian from Normandy offers insights and advice for visiting the beaches where, 75 years ago this week, D-Day turned the tide of World War II. And tour guides from Lisbon share tips for enjoying Portugal's vibrant capital city. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/1/201952 minutes
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565 'Greatest Treasure Hunt'; 100 Things to Do in San Francisco

The founder of the Monuments Men Foundation joins us to consider what the world would be like had the Mona Lisa or Michelangelo's David been destroyed in World War II, and describes the work of the team who took heroic steps to protect Europe's art treasures from wartime damage and Nazi theft. Then a guidebook author shares tips for enjoying the rainbow of attractions, flavors, and summer festivals that make San Francisco a perpetually exciting place to visit. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/25/201952 minutes
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564 Paddle Pilgrim Norway; Spain 2019; In Praise of Wasting Time

A memoirist describes the challenges and delights of kayaking Norway's spectacular fjords, then tour guides from Madrid share tips for planning a memorable trip to Spain. And author Alan Lightman discusses the value of unplugging as a way of better understanding and appreciating the world around us. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/18/201952 minutes
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325b Desert Wisdom of Terry Tempest Williams; Sahara by Motorbike

Naturalist Terry Tempest Williams reflects on a mystery left behind by her late mother, and explains her drive to speak out on behalf of the rugged Utah wilderness she calls home. Then a tour guide from Italy describes how he likes to get away from it all: on a motorbike across the vast Sahara desert. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/11/201952 minutes
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563 Tides; New Horizons Beyond Pluto; London Gardens

Extend your vicarious travels beyond the solar system by listening in as the head of NASA's New Horizons project describes his mission to explore beyond Pluto. Then learn about the world's craziest tidal action, and the "celestial dance" that causes it, from a marine conservationist. And hear from English tour guides about their favorite experiences in London’s many inviting parks and gardens. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/4/201952 minutes
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562 Walking Amsterdam; European Hiking Trails; Ask Rick

To celebrate King's Day in the Netherlands, tour guides for Amsterdam join us to recommend strategies for enjoying this scenic city on foot. Then the author of "Explore Europe on Foot" makes the case for exploring Europe via its long-distance hiking trails — at your own pace and away from the crowds. And listeners get Rick's advice on their summer vacation plans. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/27/201952 minutes
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561 Green Oslo; English Cathedrals; Slovenian Cuisine

Find out why Oslo has proudly been declared 2019's "European Green Capital." Then hear all about England's most beautiful and historically important cathedrals, from Canterbury's to the York Minster. And get a taste of the comfort foods you can savor in Slovenia, where the culinary influences of neighboring countries add variety to the menu. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/20/201952 minutes
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560 Enjoying National Parks; France 2019; Puzzle of Polynesia

As National Parks Week approaches, a guidebook author joins us to share ideas for exploring America’s 59 national parks. Then tour guides to France help listeners plan their summer voyages, with advice for marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, and enjoying a "babymoon" in Paris. Plus, the author of "Sea People" tells the fascinating story of how Polynesians came to populate the most far-flung islands on earth.  For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/13/201952 minutes
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559 Dutch Climate Change Strategies; Nina Khrushcheva In Putin's Footsteps

We'll hear some of the ways the Netherlands — a country that can’t afford time to argue about climate change — is protecting its citizens from steadily rising seas. Then international-affairs professor Nina Khrushcheva, great-granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev, tells us what she learned about her motherland when she traveled to towns in all eleven of its time zones, with a focus on understanding the Russian heartland’s strong support for Vladimir Putin.  For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/6/201952 minutes
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413a Folk Music of Italy; Swiss Watching; Weekend in Wales

A musician from Orvieto provides examples of the different styles of folk music you can enjoy across Italy, then a British ex-pat tells us what it's like to live in Switzerland — and explains why the Swiss are deliberately different from the rest of their European neighbors. And one of the top Welsh tour guides shares pointers for fun things to explore on a weekend in Wales. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/30/201952 minutes
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558 See You in the Piazza; Populism in My Country

Best-selling author Frances Mayes tells us about her favorite uncrowded corners of Italy, away from the crush of Italy's top tourist destinations. And we'll get a personal take on the current political scene in Hungary, Poland, and Turkey, where conservative populism has changed and challenged these countries' democratic structures. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/23/201952 minutes
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557 Speaking in Irish; On the Wind; Irish Craic

Hear how the Irish language, once banned by English colonial rulers, has re-assumed its place at the heart of Irish identity. Then listen in as musician Kieran O'Hare explains why he finds Irish bagpipes more pleasing than the better-known Scottish ones, and plays a few traditional tunes on the Irish tin whistle. And eavesdrop on a pair of Irishmen from opposite ends of the island as they share a beer and a little banter with Rick. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/16/201952 minutes
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556 Flamenco Fan; Four Seasons in Lesotho; Faux Pas

A flamenco enthusiast from Sweden explains her lifelong passion for the fiery dance traditions of southern Spain. Then writer Will McGrath tells us what he learned from his neighbors while living in southern Africa's small mountainous nation of Lesotho. And Rick checks in with listeners to hear how the mistakes they've made as travelers became openings to connect with local culture. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/9/201952 minutes
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555 First Timer's Brazil; What Brexit Means to Me; Guatemala Solutions

Travel writer Seth Kugel offers tips for first-time visitors to Brazil, then a team of European tour guides share their personal — and diverging — takes on the Brexit conundrum. And two leaders of an anti-poverty nonprofit explain their innovative approach for combating systemic poverty among farmers in Guatemala. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/2/201952 minutes
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360a Joanna Lumley's Travels; Holy Toledo; Good Night and God Bless

British actress and global traveler Joanna Lumley tells Rick why her family is revered in Bhutan, then Spanish tour guides describe the highlights of their country's spiritual capital, Toledo. Plus, guidebook author Trish Clark shares tips for finding an affordable room and a good breakfast in Europe's convents and monasteries. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/23/201952 minutes
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458a Adventure Divas; Norse Mythology; Acropolis

Get a taste of Norse mythology and a glimpse of the Vikings' complex view of the cosmos. Plus, hear how Athens' Acropolis remains a powerful symbol of civilized democracy 2,500 years since it was built, and learn about the courageous subjects of filmmaker Holly Morris' "Adventure Divas" documentary series. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/16/201952 minutes
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554 Why I Love Rome; Garden Lust; Mountain Switzerland

Hear why Romans love their city, even with all its flaws. Then take a deep breath of fresh audio air as author and garden designer/director Christopher Woods tells us about his favorite contemporary botanical gardens around the world. And listen in for advice on visiting Switzerland and hiking in the Alps. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/9/201952 minutes
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553 Curry Nation; Young China

Actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey explains why clichés about British food are out of date — thanks mainly to the influence from immigrants. And the founder of the Young China Global Group explains what he's discovered about China's millennials — and about how their expectations for the future are changing China, and the world. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/2/201952 minutes
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552 London on a Budget; Why Not Russia; Somali Pirates

Michael Scott Moore tells us what it was like to spend nearly three years as a captive of Somali pirates. Travel writer Robert Reid thinks American media have a blind spot about travel to Russia. He tells us why he finds it an affordable and friendly country. Plus, guides from London share budget travel tips to help you enjoy their expensive city. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/26/201952 minutes
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551 Cappadocia; Scottish Troubadour; Northern Ireland Identity

Two Turkish tour guides paint an audio picture of the otherworldly region of Cappadocia, where you can get face-to-face with early Christian history. Then, just ahead of Burns Night, Scottish folk singer Jim Malcolm shares some of the poetry that adds depth to the traditional music of Scotland. And tour guides from Northern Ireland describe how their fellow countrymen have largely overcome sectarian strife, and discuss the questions that linger as the UK prepares to leave the EU. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/19/201952 minutes
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417a Scandinavian Smackdown; Green Book Road Trips

Have you heard the one about the Swede, the Norwegian, and the Dane? Find out what Scandinavians tend to think about their Nordic neighbors, and the sometimes not-so-subtle differences that help give each country its distinct identity. Then listen in for the story of the US travel guide from the mid-20th century that helped African Americans find a welcome on the road. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/12/201952 minutes
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550 Expats in Italy; Maeve in America

Americans who've made a new home for themselves in Italy explain what took them to the land of "bella chaos," and how they make it work. Then Irish comedian Maeve Higgins describes her adjustment to American ways after moving to New York from a small town in County Cork. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/5/201952 minutes
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549 Searching for Stars; Stoked My Spirit; Champagne

Novelist and MIT physics professor Alan Lightman describes how a little time alone with Maine's night sky illuminated his awareness of the universe, and his place in it. Then listeners share stories of inspiring travel experiences, before we welcome the new year with a toast to Champagne — both the bubbly and its French region of origin. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/29/201852 minutes
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548 German Christmas Markets; Christmas in Madrid, Sicily, Ireland, Hebrides

We'll look at what makes the cozy Christmas markets of Germanic Europe so treasured. Then we'll hear about special Christmastime traditions from around Europe, including Spain, Sicily, Ireland, and Scotland's Hebrides Islands. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/22/201852 minutes
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467a Holiday Roadfood; Best Chocolate in Europe; Holiday Travels; Prague Christmas

Food writers Jane and Michael Stern discuss wintertime comfort grub served in America's roadside restaurants, then culinary-culture expert Fred Plotkin explores the various kinds of chocolate available across Europe. And listeners share the experiences that made their Christmas vacations in Europe really special — plus a tour guide from Prague describes the traditions that at the heart of a cozy Czech Christmas. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/15/201852 minutes
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547 Gaudí's Sagrada Família; Globally Curious

An expert on Antoni Gaudí reveals what the Modernista architect had envisioned for Barcelona's magnificent Sagrada Família church, and shares updates on the work to complete what Gaudí started 135 years ago. And travel writer Seth Kugel makes the case for letting serendipity play a role in your trip's itinerary. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/8/201852 minutes
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546 Greek Godmother; Lidia's American Dream; Promised Land

A Greece-based tour guide describes the elevated role of godparents in her adopted country, where godparents become a lifelong part of the child's family. Then TV chef Lidia Bastianich shares the story of her family's flight from Yugoslavia, and the successful family business they were able to start in America. And former NBC Middle East correspondent Martin Fletcher explains how his latest novel, set in Israel during its early years as a modern state, evokes the extraordinary drama of Israeli life in that era. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/1/201852 minutes
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545 Optimism in Armenia; Finding Chopin's Piano

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Peter Balakian describes the new positive spirit he encountered during his recent travels in Armenia, whose citizens have earned good reason to feel upbeat about their future. And composer Paul Kildea explains how Frederic Chopin's sublime 24 Preludes — written on a clunky mini-piano in an abandoned monastery in the middle of the Mediterranean — changed how the world hears music. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/24/201852 minutes
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544 Bulgarian Feast; Gascony Gastronomy; Italian Olive Oil

Find out what made Bulgaria one of Europe's most interesting places to eat. Food writer David McAninch reveals what makes the culinary traditions of Gascony tastier than in the rest of France. Plus, discover what Italians expect in a good olive oil. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/17/201852 minutes
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423a Back Door Balkans; World War I Sites; Kraków

Get insider advice for enjoying the less-visited corners of the Balkan Peninsula, from Bosnia's atmospheric mosques to Montenegro's scenic coast. And as we mark the centennial of the "Great War," hear about the most compelling places in Europe to learn about American soldiers' contributions to World War I. Plus, listen in as tour guides share their tips for enjoying Kraków, the cultural and spiritual capital of Poland. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/10/201852 minutes
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543 Cities for Solo Travelers; Achtung Baby; Open Phones

A New York Times travel writer recommends four great cities for solo travelers, and the best time of year to visit them. Then the author of "Achtung Baby" tells us of her family's relocation to Berlin, and what she learned about Germans' hands-off approach to child rearing. And listeners share their travel plans and experiences for trips to Turkey, Hungary, and Sicily. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/3/201852 minutes
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542 Ghost Towns of the West; Heroes of Ireland; Savage Harvest

Author Jim Hinckley joins us to recommend Old West ghost towns that you can still visit. Then Irish singer Cathie Ryan describes how Ireland remembers its heroes through the lyrics of traditional songs. And journalist Carl Hoffman shares his deeply researched take on the mysterious disappearance of banking scion Michael Rockefeller in the jungles of New Guinea. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/27/201852 minutes
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541 Greek Theatre; Shakespeare in Swahililand; Iceland Airwaves

An Athenian theater director discusses drama's role as a building block of civil society since ancient times, and recommends some Greek destinations that are especially fascinating for the theatrically inclined. Then an English lit expert from Cambridge explains how the works of Shakespeare have been embraced in East Africa. And a radio DJ tells us about an Icelandic music festival that features an amazing amount of home-grown talent. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/20/201852 minutes
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460a More Skyfaring; Marta Dusseldorp's Australia; Wieners

A transcontinental pilot discusses the marvels of jet travel, then Australian actor Marta Dusseldorp describes her favorite Down Under destinations, and shares insights she's gained from starring in a TV series about the postwar 1950s. Plus, tour guides from Berlin explain the German love of a good sausage, at any time of year…and any time of day. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/13/201852 minutes
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540 Living Abroad in Japan; TV Fan's Britain

The author of "Living Abroad in Japan" offers tips for making yourself feel at home in Japan, no matter how long your visit. Then Rick talks to tour guides from England about scenic filming locations you can visit in Britain. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/6/201852 minutes
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539 Travel Portraits — Phil Borges, Annie Leibovitz; Photogenic Sicily

Filmmaker and documentary photographer Phil Borges explains what's behind his remarkable photos of people in different traditional societies of central Asia. Then portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz lets us in on how she documents the worlds of her famous subjects, and shares stories of the road trips that've brought her closer to great American artists. And tour guides to Sicily take listener calls to swap tips on enjoying the traditions of Italy's liveliest island. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/29/201852 minutes
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421a Monet's Garden Passion; Ireland's Ring of Kerry; The Carry Home

Author and artist Elizabeth Murray tells how her life was changed by working in painter Claude Monet's gardens outside Paris. Then Irish tour guides take us to the scenic highlights of the popular Ring of Kerry peninsula. And nature writer Gary Ferguson reveals how cultivating a relationship with the natural world helps us better understand life's mystery and beauty. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/22/201852 minutes
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538 Why I Love Berlin; Italian Coffee Bars

Three tour guides from Berlin suggest sights to see and experiences to enjoy in Germany's vibrant, changing capital. And as Bavarians prepare to host this year's Oktoberfest, a tour guide from Munich joins us to explain why beer gardens are so important to their culture. Then two guides from Italy walk us through the typical Italian's daily visit to a coffee bar, and share tips on how to order your espresso like a true Italian. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/15/201852 minutes
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537 Caesar Shuffle; More Michael Wood's China; Pleasure Activist

Roman tour guide Francesca Caruso recommends places to explore in the Eternal City that give you a particularly vivid feel for its centuries of history. Then historian Michael Wood describes how China's updated infrastructure makes it easy to reach his favorite sights in this fascinating country. And author Fred Plotkin discusses how you can eat and travel well when you engage your surroundings with an eye toward pure enjoyment. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/8/201852 minutes
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536 Isle of Skye; Cross-Country Kayak; Van Morrison's Belfast

Listen in as tour guides from Scotland let us in on their favorite experiences on the magical Isle of Skye. Then hear what it's like to kayak the length of both the Mississippi River and New York's waterways, from Buffalo to the Statue of Liberty. And join in on an audio Moondance along Belfast's "Van Morrison Trail," which connects the spots made famous by the music of the city's beloved hometown boy. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/1/201852 minutes
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452a Slow Train to Switzerland; Artists Safari; Joys of Travel

In what was the beginning of the packaged tour, find out how middle class Victorian-era tourists from England enjoyed the Swiss Alps. Examine the emotional benefits of travel that last well after you return home. Plus, a painter shares how going on an artist's safari has deepened his love of African wildlife. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/25/201852 minutes
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535 Pan-American Road Trip; Souvenirs; Open Phones

Hear author Teresa Bruce describe how she retraced a poignant family road trip all the way down the Pan-American highway. Then listen in as we weigh the value of souvenirs with travel writer Rolf Potts, who shares insights on the origins of the travel-gift industry. And reminisce with fellow listeners who’ve called in to share the travel memories evoked by recent episodes of the show. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/18/201852 minutes
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534 Crete; Alaska's Tip of the Iceberg; Darwin Comes to Town

Hear how Crete offers travelers a uniquely fascinating Greek island experience. Then travel writer Mark Adams describes his 3,000-mile voyage along the coasts of Alaska in the path of the Harriman Expedition of 1899. And a Dutch biologist explains how urban evolution around the world is happening faster than we used to think. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/11/201852 minutes
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533 Holiday in Iraqi Kurdistan; Traveling Solo; Croatia's Greatest Hits

Tim Neville discusses why you'd enjoy vacationing in northern Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. Travel writer Stephanie Rosenbloom explores the advantages of traveling solo and how to do it without feeling all alone. And tour guides from the Balkans recommend their favorite places to explore along the coast of Croatia. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/4/201852 minutes
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532 England's Overlooked Cities; Lake District; Cozy Cotswolds

British tour guides discuss their favorite overlooked cities to visit, beyond London. Plus, we learn what guides from the Cumbrian Lake District and the Cotswolds love about living in rural England, including recommendations for connecting with the regions' sometimes-eccentric folk culture and its literary giants. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/28/201852 minutes
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434a New Northwest Passage; Dispatches from Mississippi; Serendipity

Kathleen Winter tells us what her voyage into the Northwest Passage taught her about the world. Richard Grant left the bustle of Manhattan to buy an old farmhouse in the Mississippi Delta. Plus, listeners share tales of memorable stories from the people they've met overseas. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/21/201852 minutes
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531 Flaneur in Paris; Misunderstood Parisian; Alsace

Hear about the charms of France's Alsace region from local tour guides. A Parisian guide explains how visitors' expectations lead to misunderstandings and faux pas. Plus, Fred Plotkin shares how you might find the best croissant you've ever tasted in Paris. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/14/201852 minutes
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530 More Florida; Rediscovering Route 66; Sarah Vowell Assassination Vacation

Tampa Bay Times columnist Craig Pittman explains how Florida's massive tourism industry impacts the state's residents. Plus, the author of a guide to Route 66 tells us about efforts to revitalize the historic 24-hundred mile highway as a national heritage trail. Also, author Sarah Vowell tells us what she learned when she visited sites associated with assassinated American presidents. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/7/201852 minutes
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529 Touring Newfoundland; Rick Mercer's Canada Day; Drink Dat New Orleans

Newfoundland actor and musician Alan Doyle recommends sights to best enjoy the rugged beauty of his island home in the Atlantic. And Canadian TV personality Rick Mercer shares his favorite places and things to do across Canada this summer. Plus, culinary historian Elizabeth Pearce raises a glass to New Orleans for its tri-centennial, and unveils tips for enjoying America's most "spirited" city through its distinctive cocktails. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/30/201852 minutes
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447a Hungarian Hot Springs; Peru's Boiling River; Padua

Hear how people of all ages enjoy a day at the baths in Budapest, where doctors commonly prescribe a relaxing day at the spa. Then learn about a sacred geothermal river located deep in Amazonian Peru: It's huge, deadly hot, and might contain clues to the origins of life on Earth. And get advice for enjoying the splendor of Padua, located just half an hour from the crowds of Venice, and home to one of Europe's oldest universities. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/23/201852 minutes
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528 Basque Country Surprises; Prague Art and Architecture; Open Phones

Journalist and former diplomat Dave Seminara vividly describes the unusual sports and traditions you might encounter in the Basque Country. Then a Czech tour guide and a guidebook writer join us to share insights and tips for appreciating Prague's innovative and fascinating art and architecture — and we enjoy a mini-concert from the Prague Castle Orchestra, a popular trio of street musicians. Plus, listeners share their travel plans and favorite memories. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/16/201852 minutes
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527 Modern Vikings; Belgians; Bulgarians

Join us as tour guides from Norway, Belgium, and Bulgaria share insider perspectives on their countries. Listen in as they describe the hot-button issues that animate their countrymen's conversations, and explain what makes their countries so special — and why so many residents of smaller nations often feel such big national pride. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/9/201852 minutes
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526 Travel Tech Tips; DJ in Iceland; Dingle in Ireland

A New York Times travel writer shares tips for apps that can help you make the most of your next overseas trip, then a Seattle DJ describes how Iceland has exploded as a hotbed of creativity — and why he makes a point of visiting once a year. And a lifelong resident of the Dingle Peninsula makes a persuasive case that his home turf is the most beautiful corner of Ireland. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/2/201852 minutes
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525 Day in New York; NYC High Line; Germany 2018

Get tips from guidebook author Pauline Frommer on how to make the most of a New York City stopover, and hear how the city's High Line greenway has become one of its best places to stroll and people-watch. Then listen in as tour guides from Berlin share their recommendations for the most enjoyable special events taking place across Germany this year. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/26/201852 minutes
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462a Indigenous Arctic and Andes; Overbooked

A bestselling author of a book on the Northwest Passage describes how the Inuit of Canada and Greenland are responding to modern challenges posed by changes to the Arctic environment. Then we delve with a filmmaker into the pre-Columbian world of the Incas, and ponder what untold stories the Andes Mountains may still hold. Plus, a well-traveled journalist joins us to consider the impact of recent growth in the global travel industry, wherein a billion people a year now cross international borders in search of something new. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/19/201852 minutes
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524 First Timers Italy; Duck Season in Gascony

Hear from two Roman tour guides about what to expect on a first-time trip to Italy, and how to make it the adventure of a lifetime. Then get a taste of life in France’s rural southwest as author David McAninch explains how spending the better part of a year in Gascony taught his American family to slow down and savor their time together. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/12/201852 minutes
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523 Language Vacations; Expat Mexico City; YOLO Los Angeles

Get recommendations from a language buff for learning a new tongue overseas, then listen in as an American expat explains why he's called Mexico City home for the past 25 years — and why the Mexican capital is becoming a magnet for many others from around the Americas. Plus, hear from the author of a new guidebook about fun ways to experience the creative spirit of Los Angeles. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/5/201852 minutes
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522 Scotland Itineraries; Nafplio

Tour guides from Scotland recommend their favorite Caledonian experiences, from elegant Edinburgh to clan castles in the Highlands, and even budget getaways for backpackers. Then a pair of world travelers explain why they’ve settled down in Greece’s Nafplio, the picturesque Peloponnesian town that’s a getaway for big-city Athenians, a jumping-off point for history-rich sights nearby, and delightful in its own right. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/28/201852 minutes
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521 Berner Oberland; T.T. Williams' Utah; The Philippines

Hear about the variety of spectacular Alpine views any visitor can enjoy in and above Switzerland's Lauterbrunnen Valley, as described by a tour guide who's mapped the region's hiking trails. Then listen in as author Terry Tempest Williams explains how she purchased oil leases near her home in the Utah desert — not to drill, but in hopes of combatting the recent rollback of protections for US national monuments. And learn why travel writer Kiki Deere counts the Philippines among her favorite countries to visit. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/21/201852 minutes
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426a American Lighthouses; Skyfaring; Favorite Travels; Longbow

Learn about some of America's most interesting lighthouses to visit — or even slumber in. Then hear from an experienced pilot about why the view from a 747 never gets old. And listen in as we consider the longbow's influence on the balance of power in medieval Europe. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/14/201852 minutes
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520 Saigon's Bui Vien Street; Spain 2018

An expat living in Saigon describes the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City’s famous Bui Vien Street, and explains why this backpacker district has recently become a weekend destination for local families. Then tour guides from Spain share updates and travel tips for the land of tapas and toreadors. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/7/201852 minutes
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519 Saints of France and Ireland; David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Peter

Get acquainted with some of the most popular French and Italian saints, and learn why they remain important to their countrymen. Plus, actor David Suchet shares what he discovered while making a documentary about the life and times of St. Peter, and the first-century world he inhabited in Galilee. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/31/201852 minutes
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351a Italy On and Off the Rails; Romantic Amalfi Coast

Author Tim Parks, a long-time resident of Verona, shares his observations about Italy’s railway system, and what it can tell us about the Italian mindset. And two tour guides from the Amalfi Coast take listener calls while exploring the highlights of their scenic southern corner of Italy, from Positano to the isle of Capri. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/24/201852 minutes
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518 First Timer's Ireland; Alan Doyle's Newfoundland

Three tour guides from Ireland share their recommendations for the sights and experiences travelers shouldn’t miss on a first-time visit to their home turf — from fun things to see and do in busy Dublin, to tips for exploring the windswept byways of the Kerry coast. And musician and actor Alan Doyle helps us to understand his native Newfoundland by discussing how his perspective continues to be shaped by his Irish Catholic childhood in a small fishing town. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/17/201852 minutes
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517 The EU from Brussels; Solo Women Travelers; Teresa Bruce

Rick gets a perspective on current issues the European Union is facing, from a geo-political friend in Brussels. Three women travel guides to Europe describe what it requires for women to feel comfortable traveling solo. Plus, author Teresa Bruce describes retracing a road trip from Oregon to Bolivia down the Pan American Highway. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/10/201852 minutes
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516 London 2018; Last Wild Men of Borneo

Hear from Londoners about what's afoot in their city right now, and the don't-miss experiences for anyone looking to make the most of a visit to the British capital this year. Then author Carl Hoffman tells what he discovered about two modern-day adventurers who befriended an indigenous tribe in Borneo: One of them got rich selling tribal art — and the other disappeared. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/3/201852 minutes
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515 Artists of Spain; Being Welsh; Being Bosnian

We look at the top sites where you can experience firsthand the groundbreaking contributions of Spain's greatest artists. Then tour guides from Wales and Bosnia share the facets of their nationalities that mean most to them — such as the Welsh fortitude for enduring the blustery climate that produces such beautiful landscapes, and Bosnians' knack for using humor to defuse the thornier aspects of life in the Balkans. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/24/201852 minutes
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420a Music of Spain; Space Station Living; Canine-American Road Trip

Tune into the traditional music of Spain and find out where to catch the best flamenco shows in Madrid. Then listen in as astronaut Chris Hadfield describes daily life aboard the International Space Station, and lets us in on how you get used to doing everything — and we mean everything — in zero gravity. And hear what a cross-country road trip showed a man and his dog about America's canine culture, and what they learned about each other. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/17/201852 minutes
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514 Casanova's Venice; Florida This Year; Caribbean Island People

Historian Laurence Bergreen takes us to 18th-century Venice, at a time when Casanova called it home. Then journalist Craig Pittman updates us on what Florida is like for vacationers in 2018, and lets us in on local scuttlebutt. And geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro reminds us that the Caribbean’s cultural influence extends far beyond hosting cruise ships and beach vacations. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/10/201852 minutes
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513 Fred Plotkin's Culinary Capitals; The New Koreans

Find out what six cities food maven Fred Plotkin considers to be the world's best places to experience edible ecstasy. Then get an update on today's "New Koreans" from journalist Michael Breen, whose recent book describes the rapid changes afoot in South Korea since its emergence as a worldwide economic and cultural force. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/3/201852 minutes
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512 Shakespeare in South Sudan; Africa 54; Normandy

We check in with author and long-distance walker Francis Tapon after his five-year journey to all 54 countries in Africa. And we hear how a widespread love of Shakespeare played a key role in shaping Africa's newest nation, South Sudan. Plus, tour guides from France offer tips for exploring the countryside of Normandy, including the monuments to WWII battles fought there. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/27/201852 minutes
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392a Ireland's W. B. Yeats; Scotland's Robert Burns; Agatha Christie's England

We consider the importance of poet W.B. Yeats to the Irish soul, and discuss real-life English destinations that let you experience the world of Agatha Christie's mysteries. And just in time for Burns Night, Scottish troubadour Jim Malcolm explains what Robert Burns' poetry means to the Scots, and sings some favorite Burns tunes. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/20/201852 minutes
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511 Travel Plans; Buffy Sainte-Marie; The Yellow Envelope

Singer Buffy Sainte-Marie discusses her new album of activist "Medicine Songs" and what they have to say about our place in today's world. Then author Kim Dinan tells the story of how she quit her job, sold her stuff, and set off on a three-year round-the-world adventure — inspired, in part, by a certain yellow envelope. And listeners converse with Rick about the special concerns involved in traveling to politically sensitive countries. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/13/201852 minutes
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510 Megalopolis; Copenhagen's Christiania; Teenagers in Europe

An Italian scholar of architecture compares the scope of today's mega-cities with the more human scale of Venice. And we'll hear what a pair of documentary producers noticed when they interviewed residents of Christiania, a communal society tucked into the middle of downtown Copenhagen. Plus, we get mom-tested advice for making everyone happy on an overseas trip with teenagers. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/6/201852 minutes
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509 Slavic Firewater; “Bears in the Streets”; Places to Drink Beer; Edinburgh New Year’s Eve

Pour a festive glass as we learn about the strong, often homemade liquors that lend zest to celebrations across central and eastern Europe. Then hear where to find some of the world's best beer, from the author of "50 Places to Drink Beer Before You Die." And join the party as friends from Edinburgh offer a wee taste of the Scottish capital's year-end Hogmanay festivities. Plus, author and former Moscow resident Lisa Dickey tells us how the people of Russia are coping with a changing world. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/30/201752 minutes
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427a More European Christmas Traditions

Learn about holiday traditions observed in France, Norway, Greece, London, the Spanish Basque Country, and small-town Italy. From festively decorated Greek boats to dishes of fresh oysters and fermented trout, and Santas who live not on the North Pole but on a farm or in the woods, Christmas is a little different across the pond. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/23/201752 minutes
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508 Another European Christmas

Hear about what Europeans are looking forward to at this time of year, from Saint Nicholas Day through Boxing Day, in Germany, England, Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, and the Czech Republic — perhaps it's some of grandma's special potato salad to go with the fish stew and figgy pudding! For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/16/201752 minutes
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507 American Eclipse; Newgrange Solstice; The Hour of Land

We hear of the true awesomeness of experiencing a total solar eclipse, from the one that swept across the American West in 1878 to the one that drew crowds to the totality's path in the US in August 2017. And we'll also learn what it's like to take part in a winter solstice ritual from inside Ireland's ancient tomb at Newgrange. Plus, author and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams describes breathtaking moments in America's national parks, and why it's critical to protect them from the forces that divide Americans today. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/9/201752 minutes
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506 Atlas Obscura; Scottish Hebrides; Saudade in Portugal

Hear about some of the world's most remarkable — and creepiest — traditions. Then discover the timeless character of the Hebrides — an island group off Scotland's northwest coast where you're more likely to overhear Gaelic than English. And enjoy a sampling of Portugal's beloved fado music: sad songs that make everyone feel better. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
12/2/201752 minutes
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425a Jamón; Scandinavian Cuisine; A Tavola in Italy; 'Life from Scratch'

Hear what makes Spain's jamon the best ham in the world, then learn about the traditional comfort foods of Scandinavia, and the after-dinner customs that keep Italians lingering at restaurant tables. And find out why a Tulsa mom embarked on a four-year project to prepare meals from every country in the world. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/25/201752 minutes
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505 Gili Islands; All-Season Australia; Open Phones: Memorable Travels

Travel writer Dave Seminara explains why Indonesia's motor-free Gili Islands are a good alternative to the crowded tourist scene on nearby Bali, then a tour guide from Australia shares all-season recommendations for getting away from it all Down Under. And listeners share their most memorable travel adventures. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/18/201752 minutes
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504 Twentieth Century Berlin; Exploring Romania

Tour guides from Berlin recommend sites you can visit to better appreciate their city's tumultuous past century, from the Nazi years to the Cold War, and the wall that split Berlin in half. And travel writer Leif Pettersen describes what he enjoyed about living in Romania, and why it's become one of today's best bargain destinations in Europe. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/11/201752 minutes
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503 The Nez Perce War; American Nomads

Learn about the post-Civil War struggles between Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce and US General Oliver Otis Howard, then hear about the growing number of older "houseless" Americans living full time in RVs and camper vans: For some, it's the ultimate freedom; for others, it's all they have left. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
11/4/201752 minutes
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502 Haunted America; Markets of Provence; Belgian Treats

Hear about America's spookiest spots, then take a virtual stroll past the colorful, fragrant stalls of a Provencal farmers market with author Marjorie R. Williams. And listen in as some Belgians get nostalgic discussing the hearty comfort foods of their homeland. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/28/201752 minutes
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445a Paul Theroux Deep South; More World War I Sites

Author Paul Theroux shares the insights he gleaned about America from the people he met in the small towns and backroads of the Deep South. Then history professor Mark D. Van Ells returns with more suggestions for visiting places that honor the sacrifices of Allied troops in World War I. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/21/201752 minutes
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501 Cardiff; Atlantis; Mostar

We hear how Mostar — after suffering intense damage in the Bosnian war — has become an attractive tourist destination on the Adriatic cruise circuit, and get an update on its ongoing efforts to bridge old conflicts. And author Mark Adams divulges the four spots most likely to have inspired the legend of Atlantis. Plus, a Welsh tour guide describes the highlights of convivial, rejuvenated Cardiff. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/14/201752 minutes
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500 Favorite Moments; Night Out in London; German Pop and Rock

Get a taste of the elegant life in London as the author of the "Discriminating Guide to London" recommends spots around town where commoners can feel like royalty. Then hear how Germany's pop music continues to reflect the intense cultural changes experienced by the last two generations. And celebrate 500 editions of Travel with Rick Steves with a fond look back at a few of Rick's most memorable guest interviews from the past 12 years. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
10/7/201752 minutes
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499 Fly Fishing; Spain 2017; Destination Earth

The author of a guidebook series on fly fishing explains why it's such a popular sport worldwide. Then tour guides from Spain take listener calls to share up-to-date-advice for planning a great Spanish getaway. And a seasoned world explorer shares lessons learned on the road that could well transform your own daily life back at home. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/30/201752 minutes
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327a Paris Street Markets, Beer in Belgium, Underground Slovenia

Listen in to an exploration of the open-air markets of Paris, where souvenir shopping can be memorable in itself. Then hear why Belgian beer is so good that it's worth planning a trip around. And learn about the mysteries and history found in Slovenia's vast network of caves. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/23/201752 minutes
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498 Slavic View of EU; Undocumented

Friends of Rick's from the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Bosnia share a Slavic perspective on what it means to participate in the European Union. Then novelist David Lida describes what poverty in rural Mexico looks like, and its role in the lives of many who enter the US illegally in search of work. Plus, Rick shares an audio snapshot from a restoration project in the heart of Warsaw. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/16/201752 minutes
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497 Naples; Human Trafficking; What's New in Oslo

Get insider advice for enjoying Naples — home to what has to be the liveliest street scene in Italy — without feeling put off by its in-your-face energy. Then listen in as a leading expert on international terrorism explains how and why groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda have turned to human trafficking and kidnapping. Plus, hear a tour guide from Oslo's freshest tips for visiting Norway's nature-loving, eco-friendly, and expensive capital city. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/9/201752 minutes
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496 Orlando Beyond Disney; Oh Florida; American Right to Roam

The author of Frommer's Orlando guidebook returns with ideas for enjoying central Florida beyond the big theme parks. Then Tampa Bay Times reporter Craig Pittman discusses what makes his home state one of a kind — and much more than the target of punch lines. Plus, writer and trespasser extraordinaire Ken Ilgunas describes his hike from the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf Coast of Texas. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
9/2/201752 minutes
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419a Porto and the Douro Valley; Midnight in Siberia; Scottish Pub Talk

Guides from Portugal describe the delights of Porto, and the winemaking traditions of the nearby Douro Valley in the north of Portugal. Then NPR's David Greene shares what he learned about everyday working-class Russians from his trips on the Trans-Siberian Railway. And friends from Scotland explain the cultural importance of their neighborhood pubs, and share tips for making yourself feel right at home on your next pub visit. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/26/201752 minutes
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495 National Parks Dinner Party; The Great Southwest; Utah's Craziest Bike Ride

Author Terry Tempest Williams describes the various "personalities" of a dozen US national parks, and examines each one's contributions to the American character. Then historian Flannery Burke tells us how Arizona and New Mexico came to embody what we now think of as The Great Southwest. And travel writer Christopher Solomon enjoys getting dusty on a mountain-bike tour across southern Utah. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/19/201752 minutes
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494 Liechtenstein Day; Gelato; The English Moors

Hear about what it's like to celebrate National Day in Liechtenstein, one of the world's smallest — and wealthiest — countries. (Hint: Free beer at the palace!) Then learn the secret to gelato's distinctive smooth texture, and get tips for picking the best gelato shop in any Italian town. And tour guides from Britain tell us why a hike in the wild and windy English moors can be a delightfully uncrowded way to escape into nature. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/12/201752 minutes
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493 Rolling Blackouts; Language to Lend; Czech Beer

Cartoonist Sarah Glidden shares the insights she gained while getting to know the Kurdish people of Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Then a Dutch "language spotter" recommends interesting foreign words we English speakers might want to borrow. And tour guides from Prague explain how sharing a beer is an important part of the social fabric in the Czech Republic. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
8/5/201752 minutes
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492 Scotland 2017; Atlas Obscura Europe

Two Scottish tour guides discuss share tips for planning a great Scottish getaway, with specifics on tracking down scenes from the "Outlander" and "Harry Potter" series and where best to explore the ancient haunts of the Celts and Vikings. Then folks from Atlas Obscura, the fascinating online almanac of unusual places, chat with Rick about their favorite quirky spots in Europe. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/29/201752 minutes
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491 35 Miles from North Korea; Detroit Sightseeing; Being Slovenian

Author and Seoul-based foreign correspondent Michael Breen discusses how his fellow South Koreans regard their cousins to the north. Then a tour guide from Detroit shares some of the joys of exploring her lively city as it recovers its status as a cultural hub for the Midwest. And hear how peace-loving Slovenians compare themselves to their various, better-known neighbors. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/22/201752 minutes
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371a French Riviera; The Discovery of France; Paris Day Trips

French tour guides share tips for enjoying the highlights of the glittering Côte d'Azur, as well as recommendations for elegant day trips from Paris. Plus, author Graham Robb tells us what his bicycle adventure across the French countryside taught him about France's provincial character and history. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/15/201752 minutes
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490 Travel Tech; The Story of China; Take Your Child to Europe

Historian Michael Wood discusses how Westerners might better understand China, the world's new superpower, by learning more about its monumental achievements over the past 4,000 years. We'll also get time-tested advice from author Ashley Steel for taking the kids to Europe. Plus, Rick's son Andy Steves shares his favorite phone apps and other tech tips for travel. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/8/201752 minutes
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489 Sarah Vowell American Hawaii; Rick Mercer Canada 150; Winning the Palio

Author and This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell tells us what she's recently learned about the Americanization of the Hawaiian islands. Then say "Happy 150th birthday" to Canada with one of its top TV personalities, Rick Mercer. Plus, a tour guide from Siena tells us how her adopted neighborhood won last year's Palio horse race — twice. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
7/1/201752 minutes
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488 Enjoy Your Seat; Lisbon Neighborhoods; Buenos Aires Bio

Tune in as Rick gets tips from frequent traveler Wendy on how to actually enjoy a long-distance flight in coach. Then we'll hear expert advice from Lisbon-based tour guides for enjoying the intimate neighborhoods of Portugal's historic capital. And learn about the mix of European elegance and Latin culture that led architecture critic James Gardner to buy an apartment in Argentina's fascinating capital city. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/24/201752 minutes
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487 Scandinavian Solstice; Italy 2017

Hear how the summer solstice is celebrated in Scandinavia, where the official start of summer is a big deal. Then listen in as Italian friends discuss the effects of their country's high unemployment rate — and how Italians are meeting the challenge — before taking listener calls to share tips for a "dolce vita" vacation. And come along as we visit with some Tuscan craftsmen keeping traditions alive in their hill town home. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/17/201752 minutes
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408a Europe's Royal Families; Agatha Christie's Grand Tour; Bloomsday In Dublin

We start with a close look at how World War I upended the roles of Europe's monarchies, then hear about Agatha Christie's 1922 Grand Tour to promote the British Empire, as told to her grandson. And, just in time for "Bloomsday," a Dublin tour guide takes us on an audio walk past the city's must-see sights for fans of James Joyce's "Ulysses." For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/10/201752 minutes
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486 Greek Fun; Frommer's Guide to Disney World; Frommer's NYC

Hear what's new at the two most popular destinations in the US as the author of the Frommer's guidebook to Disney World shares tips for making the most of your time there, and Pauline Frommer updates us on the best things to do and see in New York City. Plus, a tour guide from Greece tells us how to enjoy an authentic taste of Hellenic culture while out for a night on the town in Greece. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
6/3/201752 minutes
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485 Germany Open Phones; 1,000 Places to See in the US

Join us to get a German perspective on Deutschland's recent emergence as the leading nation of the European Union, and stay tuned as our tour-guide guests take calls to help listeners plan memorable German getaways. Then get ready for your summer road trip with recommendations from Patricia Schultz, author of "1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die." For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/27/201752 minutes
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345a Italy's Decadent Desserts; Pasta Respect; Paris Food Markets

Italian-food expert Fred Plotkin delves into the regional dessert specialties of Italy — and divulges the whereabouts of the best gelato in the entire country. Then a tour guide from Sicily advises us how not to upset the "food police" when eating pasta. Plus, we'll get an overview of Paris's enticing array of open-air neighborhood food markets. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/20/201752 minutes
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484 Macedonia; Senior Nomads

"Senior nomads" Michael and Debbie Campbell discuss their travels among home shares around the world — and why, after three years, they plan to keep on globe-trotting full time. And we'll hear what makes the republic of Macedonia, in the southern Balkans, one of tour guide David Willett's favorite destinations anywhere. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/13/201752 minutes
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483 Russia Grand Tour; London This Year; What Europeans Think of Americans

Author Lisa Dickey describes her recurring travels around Russia, where she explores how life keeps changing for the average local citizen. Then we'll get up to date on the newest and not-to-be-missed sights in London as a tour guide highlights the special exhibits and events luring visitors to the city this year. Plus, tour guides from Hungary, Germany, and Greece discuss how US pop culture has influenced their lives…and their views of Americans. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
5/6/201752 minutes
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343a Destination Space Station; Open Phones: Trip of a Lifetime

Genuinely "down to earth" astronaut Cady Coleman joins us to describe what it's like living and working — for months at a time — on the International Space Station, where the zero-gravity environment affects everything you do...and how circling planet Earth every 90 minutes changes your outlook on life. Plus, listeners share tales of their own unforgettable treks and travels back on mother Earth. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/29/201752 minutes
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482 Andalucía April Fair; Walking England; City Squares

A tour guide from Seville explains how its annual April Fair animates her city, and anchors a season of outdoor festivals in southern Spain. Then tour guides from Britain share their favorite places to go walking in the countryside — rain or shine. And we consider how public squares can give their cities a sense of identity. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/22/201752 minutes
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481 Saints of Spain; Footsteps of St. Paul; Michelangelo in Florence

Tour guides from Spain explain the importance of local saints to this festive country's national identity. Then actor David Suchet shares what he discovered about his own religious faith while retracing the first-century travels of St. Paul. And Rick chats with art historian Miles J. Unger about the masterpieces by Michelangelo that travelers can enjoy on a visit to the artist's hometown of Florence. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/15/201752 minutes
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480 Turn Right at Machu Picchu; Sarah Vowell: Lafayette in the USA; Scotch

Author Mark Adams shares what he learned about Incan history while trekking to Machu Picchu, just a century after it was revealed to the outside world. Then author and radio commentator Sarah Vowell explains how Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette helped unify Americans after the contentious presidential election of 1824. And Rick checks in with tour guides from Edinburgh to get tips on visiting Scotland's whisky distilleries. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/8/201752 minutes
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479 Atlas Obscura America; The Not-Quite States; North Korea Holiday

Folks from online magazine Atlas Obscura share some of their favorite American roadside attractions. Then author Doug Mack explains the unique status of the United States' far-flung territories, where American citizenship is "complicated." And writer, photographer, and businesswoman Wendy Simmons describes her remarkable tour of North Korea. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
4/1/201752 minutes
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478 Versailles; Being French; Understanding Israel in 60 Days or Less

Rick and two French guides offer tips for planning a visit to the royal palace of Versailles and discuss contemporary issues facing France. Graphic Novelist Sarah Glidden discusses her first trip to Israel on a Birthright tour. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/25/201752 minutes
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398a Traditional Irish Music; Being Irish; Belfast

Give yourself an authentic Saint Patrick's Day as friends from Ireland demonstrate how traditional folk music continues to play an important role in their lives on a level that everyone can enjoy. Explore the sights of Ireland's second city, Belfast, and hear how Northern Ireland has outgrown its reputation for sectarian violence.  We'll also have pointers on what it really means to be Irish. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/18/201752 minutes
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477 Marty Essen’s Favorite Wild Animals; Ireland 2017

Photographer Marty Essen talks to Rick about his close encounters with animals in their native environments. And guides from Ireland recommend their favorite parts of Ireland to explore for people visiting this year. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/11/201752 minutes
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476 American Women's History Sites; Diana Nyad; Wilderness Healing

Celebrate 30 years of Women's History Month in the USA by visiting sites where women changed the nation's history, recommended by a former director of the National Museum of American History. Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad tells us how she set a world record swimming from Havana to Key West. And naturalist Gary Ferguson describes the fierce nature of the wilderness. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
3/4/201752 minutes
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433a Food Regions of Spain; Carnival in Venice and Rhineland; Alt for Norge

We'll hear about the local delicacies found on the various tapa menus across Spain. Then we'll learn more about the centuries-long traditions behind Carnival celebrations in Venice and Cologne, the scene of some of Europe's biggest wintertime parties. Plus we'll listen in on the Norwegian TV show that's helped many Americans discover their old-country ancestry. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/25/201752 minutes
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475 Budapest Riverwalk; Understanding the Brexit Vote

We'll take an audio stroll along the bustling banks of the Danube as it flows through the scenic heart of Budapest. Then we'll hear from some Brits about what motivated them to vote for or against leaving the European Union, and about what makes them fearful — or optimistic — for the years ahead. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/18/201752 minutes
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474 Essential Sicily; If Venice Dies; Casanova

A Sicilian tour guide lays out the essentials for exploring his distinctive sun-drenched island. Then a prominent Italian archaeologist discusses Venice's population decline, which continues even as crowds of tourists and cruise-ship passengers overwhelm Italy's most beloved city. And we'll get all the gritty details on the side of 18th-century Venice described so vividly by that infamous libertine, Casanova. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/11/201752 minutes
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473 Becoming a Road-Trip Pilgrim; China Tourism; Nationalism in Europe

Discover the rewards of being a "road-trip pilgrim," as explained by author Dan Austin. Then journalist Elizabeth Becker describes how China's mandatory Golden Week holidays have boosted the worldwide travel industry, and how China's investments in tourism are paying off. And a panel of Europeans discuss how the recent rise of populist politics is playing out across the European Union. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
2/4/201752 minutes
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381a Italy by Train; Italy: North Versus South

British author Tim Parks explains why the Italian rail system, which he depends on daily, means more to him than a mere means of transportation. Then a pair of tour guides from opposite ends of Italy highlight the regional differences that make travel in Italy such an enjoyable study in contrasts. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/28/201752 minutes
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472 Saigon; David Suchet; Open Phones: Travel Plans

Travel writer Dave Fox discusses everyday life as an American in Saigon, then British actor David Suchet explains why this year's 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is so important — and why London is the world's best city for theater. Plus, listeners get Rick's advice for making the most of their European travel plans for 2017. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.
1/21/201752 minutes