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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 trave…

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    529a Newfoundland Tour; Canada Day; Drink Dat New Orleans

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 52:00

    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.

    679 Nordic Roots; Dutch Towns; Bridge to Nicaragua

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 52:00

    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.

    567a Hokkaido; Arctic Solitaire; Bloomsday in Dublin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 52:00

    Learn about the rugged allure of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Hear what it's like to spend your summer boating around Hudson Bay in search of polar bears to photograph. And celebrate Bloomsday in Dublin, even if you've never finished reading Ulysses by James Joyce. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

    678 Hiking in England; British Footnotes; High Tea in London

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 52:00

    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.

    201b Beer In Europe, Irreverent Curiosity

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 52:00

    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.

    677 Parisians; Heart of Italy; The Scent Trail

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 52:00

    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.

    676 Birth of Korean Cool; Perfect Week in Portugal

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 52:00

    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.

    675 Appalachian Music Trails; Loire Valley Chateaux; Achtung Baby

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2022 52:00

    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.

    674 Driving in Ireland; Women Who Wander; Primed for Prague

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 52:00

    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.

    673 Visiting Antarctica; Journeys of Trees; Italy's Northern Lakes

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2022 52:00

    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.

    519a Saints of Ireland and France; David Suchet Steps of St. Peter

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2022 52:00

    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.

    672 Paddle Boldly; Hape Kerkeling's Camino; Sacred New Mexico

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2022 52:00

    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.

    671 Three-Hour Louvre; Friend in Foreign Service; Summer of '73

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2022 52:00

    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.

    670 Weekend in Brussels; The Temporary European; My Town

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2022 52:00

    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.

    669 Maeve Higgins Loves You; Kinsale Ireland

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2022 52:00

    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.

    557a Speaking in Irish; On the Wind; Irish Craic

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2022 52:00

    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.

    668 Ancient Ohio Trail; Endangered Places 2022; Atlas Obscura Curiosities

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2022 52:00

    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.

    667 R. L. Stevenson South Seas; Around the World in 80 Books; Why Wales

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2022 52:00

    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.

    547a Gaudí's Sagrada Família; Globally Curious

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2022 52:00

    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.

    666 Unter den Linden; Touring the Thames; A Heart for Public Art

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2022 52:00

    Berlin's favorite avenue for strolling is called "Unter Den Linden." German tour guides tell us how the tree-lined boulevard also reveals a lot of important moments in their country's history. In London, we'll hear how low tide on the River Thames, often brings pieces of that city's past to the surface. And an artist with a passion for public street art tells us how she helped to brighten up a couple of working class neighborhoods in Rio de Janiero. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.

    665 Surprises from Boring Places; Sidecountry; Dakar, Senegal

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2022 52:00

    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.

    664 Tblisi; Bruges; Milan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2022 52:00

    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.

    574a American Hawaii; Aloha Rodeo; Surfing Groundswell

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2022 52:00

    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.

    663 The MLK Trail; Afghanistan Ski Challenge; Favorite Travel Memories

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2022 52:00

    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.

    662 Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail; When I Return to London; South of England

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2022 52:00

    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.

    661 Auld Lang Syne; Paris Sommelier; Gastro Obscura New Year's; Waters of Rome

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 52:00

    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.

    427b Even More European Christmas Traditions

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 52:00

    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.

    508b Another European Christmas

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 52:00

    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.

    660 A Theroux Traveler; Why We Travel; Winter in Paris; Dingle Bells

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 52:00

    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.

    659 Lyon; Building a Beloved Community; Influential Iceland

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 52:00

    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.

    546a Greek Godmother; Lidia's American Dream; Promised Land

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 52:00

    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.

    658 Humble American Bragging; Why I Love Madrid; Deep Time Journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 52:00

    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.

    657 Perillo Family Italy; Soul of South Korea; Visiting Europe Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 52:00

    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.

    656 On Travel Writing; Antarctic Madhouse; Enchantress of Florence

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 52:00

    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.

    581a Recoleta Cemetery; Spooky Atlas Obscura; Near the Exit

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 52:00

    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.

    655 SF East Bay; A Week in London; Climate Crucible

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 52:00

    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.

    654 Best of Bulgaria; Traveling with Disabilities; Chasing the Sun

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 52:00

    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.

    538a Why I Love Berlin; Italian Coffee Bars

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 52:00

    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.

    653 Ærø Island Denmark; Emilia-Romagna; Italian View of Sicily

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 52:00

    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.

    652 Gastro Obscura; Disney World Update; Memory Lane

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 52:00

    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.

    651 Inner Hebrides; Soul of the Family Tree; Ancient Ireland

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 52:00

    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.

    495a National Parks Dinner Party; The Great Southwest; Crazy Utah Bike Ride

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 52:00

    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.

    650 Silver Linings; Basque Cities; English Villages

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 52:00

    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.

    649 Bowen Island, BC; Arctic Wisdom; Warsaw

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 52:00

    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.

    580a Villages of Tuscany; Megafauna

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 52:00

    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.

    648 Becoming a Digital Nomad; Window Seat; Spirit of the Grand Canyon

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2021 52:00

    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.

    647 Algarve Coast; Fijian Customs; What Pandemic Showed Me

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2021 52:00

    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.

    646 Daughter of Peru; Married to Bhutan; Barcelona Guide

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2021 52:00

    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.

    645 Romantic Rhine; Indian Ocean Journeys; Where I'm Going

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2021 52:00

    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.

    556a Flamenco Fan; Four Seasons in Lesotho; Faux Pas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2021 52:00

    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.

    644 Underappreciated Paris Museums; Many Lives of the Louvre; Cote D'Azur

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2021 52:00

    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.

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