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May 13, 2007  Guest Rick Steves
Expanding Your World

Rick Steves advocates smart independent travel. As host, writer and producer of the popular public television series "Rick Steves' Europe," and best-selling author of 30 European travel books, he encourages Americans to delve deep into Europe and become "temporary locals." His readers and viewers not only discover major cities, but also cozy villages away from tourist-trampled routes. He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe and Europeans for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

Over the past 15 years, Rick has hosted over 100 travel shows for public television (most still airing in rebroadcasts), and hosted the ELCA MOSAIC production, "The Life of Apostle Paul With Rick Steves."

Rick self-published the first edition of his travel skills book, "Europe Through the Back Door," in 1980. He has also written 12 country guidebooks, nine city and regional guides, six phrase books, and co-authored "Europe 101: History and Art for Travelers." His Italy guidebook is the best-selling international guidebook in the U.S. In 1999 he tackled a new genre of travel writing with his anecdotal "Postcards from Europe," recounting his favorite moments from 25 years of travel.

In addition to his guidebooks, Rick is a syndicated newspaper columnist with the
Tribune Media Services and is a regular on the op-ed page of USA Today. He appears frequently on television, radio and the Internet as the leading authority on independent European travel.

Rick is outspoken on the need for Americans to fit better into our planet by broadening their perspectives through travel. He is committed also to his own neighborhood, providing his local YWCA with a 24-unit apartment building with which to house homeless mothers.

Rick lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington. His office window overlooks his old junior high school. He lives with his wife Anne and their two children, Andy and Jackie.


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