13, 2007 Guest – Rick
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
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.