300 episodes

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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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.

    610 London Layover; Tower of London; Day Trips

    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.

    • 52 min
    609 Locked Down in Switzerland and Belgium; Reykjavík Day Trips; Mongol Derby

    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.

    • 52 min
    511a Open Phones: Travel Plans; Buffy Sainte-Marie; The Yellow Envelope

    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.    

    • 52 min
    608 Checking on Friends in New York and Italy; Lessons From Nature

    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.

    • 52 min
    607 Romantic Bridges and Little Museums of Paris; Burgundy

    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, about an hour from the capital.

    • 52 min
    606 Aniakchak; Here Lies America; Ballpark Boys

    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.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Southern Native ,

Conservative Capitalist Listener Here

My values are rooted in allowing all sides to be voiced and heard with respect. I am all for intellectual diversity and challenge Rick and his political comrades to embrace it at this time when “the other” is being wildly censored on social media platforms and maligned by psychologically manipulative political factions lusting for power. (Hey, listeners of Rick should be smart enough to recall that censorship and ridiculing their opponents as dumb and backwards is something the historical fascists employed. Ask yourself if you have ever engaged in that behavior.) Yeah, Rick is a straight up pot-loving Socialist. He does not pretend to be something he isn’t, and I don’t find him mean-spirited. I don’t agree with all the political mishmash presented on his show but feel I am better informed after listening to a different view. The political activism is a downer when so much of the show is focused on it. My favorite podcast episodes are when Rick speaks with citizens of actual cities and nations about their home, their cities, their culture, way of life and the people. I can overlook the occasional pushy, lopsided political activism totally to hear from these citizen experts. (Can’t wait until you get the guts to bring on political/economic system opponents involved in global travel to discuss these things like capitalism, climate change, the ramifications both good and bad of pot and alcohol freedom, etc. Conservatives don’t just exist in the United States although many of you supposed educated, cultured listeners seem to think that. Rick, you might help bring about some necessary healing if you did this. None of us should be afraid to have these discussions and friendships with people we don’t see 100% eye-to-eye. Next time you have Dahr Jamail on, for example, bring on someone related to the industry who has an opposing viewpoint.)

bradkh1 ,

Great podcast

Everyone knows that Rick is an expert on Europe but in this podcast he tackles places and experiences around the globe. Rick has great guests and he always asks the questions that go behind the surface. If you are interested in international travel then this is the show for you.

travelfan303 ,

Episode 604 - kindness

Like most Americans in the summer of COVID - sitting at home and not able to travel, this episode on tales of the kindness of strangers while traveling was a wonderful reminder of the great travels many of us have experienced and honestly brought a tear to the eye in hearing of the travel experiences of others and the universal kindness of starters in a foreign land. It’s was wonderful to travel in the mind back to similar experiences I have had and hear the wonderful stories of others who despite all the negativity in the world, that there are wonderful experiences that we will all enjoy again, at sone point, and the joys of traveling in the past and future. It was a lovely episode that I hope he does more of and it was a lovely journey and affirming to listen to while enjoying a glass of foreign wine and bringing some joy and the anticipation of future travels when we return to some degree of normalcy. Great podcast and a great offering from Rick and team.

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