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Rick Steves on Back Door Travel

Budget Travel in Europe in a Culturally Sensitive Way

Rick Steves at a Winery in the CĂ´tes du Rhone
At a Winery in Côtes du Rhone

Rick Steves host of the PBS TV series Rick Steves' Europe and author of over 30 European travel guides, including Europe Through the Back Door, was Transitions Abroad's first columnist and a pioneer in promoting culturally sensitive, life-enriching travel. Rick Steves has taught a generation of travelers that the way to get the most from every travel dollar is to take the "back door" and get to know the people wherever you go. Spend enough money, says Rick, and you end up talking to other Americans about baseball. —Dr. Clay A. Hubbs

Back Door Travel Columns by Rick Steves
Good Travel is Thoughtful Travel
Rick Steves reflects on a lifetime of travel and concludes that experience abroad develops awareness of different ways of living across the globe as well as the perception by others of America and Americans. The enlightenment brought about by open-minded travel nurtures a sense of responsibility to effect positive change.
Europe's a Sweet Deal...for Smart Travelers
Options for budget travel in Europe for the smart traveler, where there still remain deals to be had.
Savoring the Flavors of Europe
Rick Steves and his family set out on a quest to enjoy some of the finest culinary treats Europe has to offer as part of its many and varied cultural traditions. They learn more about the art of eating and food preparation skills from the local chefs who share the secrets of bringing to life the tastes of their native lands.
Solo Woman Travel in Europe for the Adventurous
Practical tips for solo woman travel in Europe, along with advice on how to meet and interact with locals for a complete cultural immersion travel experience.
The Next Prague
A description of three Eastern European cities in the running to become the 'next Prague' — Budapest, Dubrovnic, and Ljubljana — new destinations for those in search of cultural travel, discovery and adventure abroad.
Savvy Senior Travelers
Skills and tips to help the senior traveler make the most out of their next vacation to Europe, while providing key senior travel resources.
The Cave Man Cometh: Travel in France's Dordogne River Valley
A variety of rich cultural options and aesthetic delights for those who love traveling close to nature.
Eastern Adriatic 101
Rick Steves describes a regional paradise comprising Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, and Bosnia-Herzegovina which is now being rediscovered.
Europe on a Roll.or a Slow Stroll: Don't Let Limited Mobility Keep You From the Old World's Greatest Cities
Some of the many options for mobility and disability travel in some of the greatest old world cities in Europe.
Travel Advice for Vagabond Parents
Rick Steves shares his experience and offers advice on making the most out of travel through the major cities in Europe as a vagabond parent.
Affordable Scandinavia
Inside travel tips for budget-minded travelers who wish to experience some of  the many treasures Scandinavia has to offer.
Europe's Online Travel Deals
Rick Steves helps navigate the web to find the best travel deals in Europe—while providing advice on how to avoid being overcharged by the bigger sites and carriers.
Europe in Transition: It's a New Day-for Locals and Tourists Alike
Some remarkable destinations which have become more accessible now that countries which were formerly part of Eastern Europe transition into an integration with Western Europe.
Croatia's Plitvice Lakes: Non-Stop Back To Nature
Rick Steves shares his discovery of a wonderful natural wonder in Croatia — the Plitvice Lakes — which remains largely untouristed by Americans visiting Europe.
Interview with Rick Steves
The founding publisher and editor of Transitions Abroad, Clay Hubbs, asks Rick Steves what originally influenced and still motivates his tireless work teaching and writing the gospel of independent travel.
Credit Cards, Debit Cards & Cash in Europe
Practical advice for handling and exchanging money while traveling in Europe.
Provence and the French Riviera
A 2-week itinerary in one of our favorite regions of Europe.
Italy 101
Rick Steves offers his practical budget travel tips and advice when traveling through the magical regions of Italy.
Off-Season Travel in Europe: Save Money and Meet the Europeans
The advantages and disadvantages of off-season travel in Europe and where to go to meet the natives.
War and Peace: Never a Better Time to Travel to Europe
Rick Steves deconstructs the myths conveyed by the mass media concerning travel to Europe. His practical travel tips should ease all groundless fears.
First-Time Travel to Europe
Rick Steves describes an incredible travel itinerary which captures many of the essential flavors of Europe without breaking your budget.
Travel in Europe's Rural B & B's
Find a bed and breakfast or vacation rental which will help immerse you in the country you are visiting, without blowing your budget.
Pack Light and Travel Happy
Tips on packing for your trip without carrying an unnecessary load.
Rick’s “Dirty Thirty” Travel Tips for Europe
Rick Steves offers yet more budget travel tips on how to make your Dollars, Euros, and Pounds stretch.
Thrifty 50 Budget Travel Tips for Europe
Budget travel tips on how to make your Dollars, Euros, and Pounds stretch.
Travel with Teens: The Challenge is Making Trips Both Educational and Fun
How Family Travel in Europe can be educational, fun and affordable. Rick also picks the Top Kids’ Sights in Europe.
Safeguarding Your Travel Dreams
Rick Steves offers tips and advice on how to deal with the concerns brought about by the events of 9/11, and still feels safer in Europe than he does in the U.S.
Europe's Museums: Tips and Strategies for Making Visits Meaningful and Fun
For those who love to visit Museums while traveling, Rick Steves provides some tips to avoid the crowds.
European Trains: Each Country Offers Special Deals
Rick Steves' tips on train travel country by country across Europe..
Choosing the Right Camera for Your Trip
Tips and tricks when buying and using your camera to best effect on your trip abroad.
Budget Flights to Europe
Rick Steves outlines a variety of strategies to get a cheap flight to Europe, but suggests you still consult a travel agent to guide you through the fare confusion, while they still exist.
Bicycle Touring in Europe
Rick Steves and Kathy Widing provide the travel tips you need to enjoy a memorable bicycle tour across or within Europe while staying withing a tight budget.
Bus Tour Self-Defense: All-Inclusive Tours in Europe Can Be Great Bargains
Tips on how to survive your bus tour, and then enjoy your great bargain.
Travels with Children: Bring Leashes and Plenty of Valium
Survival strategies for travel abroad with children.
Rick's Picks: The Best and Worst Of Europe—with Apologies to None
Favorites places in Europe and leaves no doubt where he stands after over 100 months of travel!
Budget Flights Within Europe
Rick Steves provides advice and web links for low-cost air travel within Europe.
Travel Responsibly
Rick Steves describes the necessity for responsible travel in the new Millenium in order to "give the world a break."

Rick Steves' Website Highlights
Rick's Website (www.ricksteves.com)
Graffiti Wall Message Board
Guidebook Library
Rick Steves on Radio