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 more than 50 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. Rick's television series, guidebooks, and his company's European bus tours continue to attract loyal "Rickniks" and a growing stream of new devotees.
Over the past 20 years, Rick has hosted more than 100 travel shows for public television. Rick's relationship with public television began with his first series, Travels In Europe With Rick Steves
. In 2005 Rick launched a weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves
. Focusing on world travel, each hour-long program has a guest travel expert for interviews, followed by call-ins with questions and comments.
In addition to his guidebooks, Rick pens columns for newspapers and magazines through a travel column syndicated by the Chicago Tribune
. He is also 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 lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington. His office window overlooks his old junior high school.