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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love your work Steve but please don’t listen to the people you had talking about an English Christmas. Most British people are against fox hunting in any form. This is an outdated pastime for the ‘upper classes’ and abhorred by us common folk. I had to comment as they made it sound as though it’s common practice. I assure you it’s not.
Another woke bloke
This is supposed to be a travelling or travel podcast about travelling but each time the weather or climate of an area is mentioned the first go to is to scream “global warming”....just stop with the alarmist views for heavens sake and talk about things you know
Please chat about travelling but refrain from political speech such as global warming climate change we all going to die malarky, just travelling knowledge or experiences, that simple, leave the other stuff to the idiots.