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Money in Cuba

Rick Steves | Posted 02.11.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

The ongoing American embargo has a crippling impact on the Cuban economy. As is the case with most embargos, rather than bring about the overthrow of ...

An Evening at the Tropicana

Rick Steves | Posted 02.11.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

With a live orchestra, old-fashioned crooners, acrobats, contortionists and a razzle-dazzle troupe of outlandishly clad dancers with peacock tails, whirling tassels and towering hats of fruit and feathers -- and a bottle of good rum and local cola at each table -- it's a fun evening.

A Cuban Reality Tour

Rick Steves | Posted 02.10.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

When traveling in Central America, I like to have the help of guides from Augsburg College's Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE), which ...

Imagine a Park Where Everyone Is Online

Rick Steves | Posted 02.10.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

As Internet access comes to Cuba, busy squares in Havana are crowded with people hungry to connect online. These are the big-city young generation waiting patiently for their society to break open. When it does... Look out!

Friendly Cuban Welcomes

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Some of my favorite hours in Havana were spent simply strolling down the streets, venturing into back lanes, and popping into courtyards, shops, schools, and bakeries...anything that was open.

Photo Essay: Old Town Scenes

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Beyond the cute tourist zone of Old Havana (Havana Vieja), the rest of the city provides a jarring contrast. The cityscape is three layers of architec...

A Cocotaxi Ride Across the River

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

In this clip, our cocotaxi driver, Emma, zips us (as if in a coconut shell on a motorcycle) over the river with my partner Trish and son Andy. A 15-mi...

Cuba's Classic (and Not-So-Classic) Cars

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Havana traffic is a mix of classic American cars (from before the Revolution), Russian Ladas (those infamous tin cans on four wheels, from the Soviet ...

Tourism in Havana

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Havana Vieja (Old Havana) is polished, nicely cobbled and touristy. Rather than beggars, you find jaunty old men with giant cigars eager to pose for a dollar. Rather than begging, panhandlers find an excuse to make business.

Blockade, Bureaucracy, and Groceries

Rick Steves | Posted 02.09.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

During my time in Cuba, I encountered no animosity toward Americans. There are plenty of pro-Revolution billboards, but no anti-USA or anti-Imperialism messages. A few posters were anti-US embargo.

The USA, the USSR, and Cuba

Rick Steves | Posted 02.05.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Two of the most striking buildings in Havana are the embassies of Russia and the USA. Immediately after Castro's victory in 1960, there was hope of a ...

A Havana Neighborhood Farmers Market

Rick Steves | Posted 02.05.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Although it's a huge city, Havana feels like a collection of neighborhoods -- each with its own small-town character and vibrant market. And a delight...

Communism in Cuba

Rick Steves | Posted 02.04.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Part of being a tourist in Cuba is sorting out the puzzle of its ideology and its struggling economy. With the country opening up to tourism, softening its controls on society, and preparing for the inevitable end of the Castro era, traveling here is filled with fun and curious insights.

Havana: The Caribbean's Mightiest Port, 500 Years Ago

Rick Steves | Posted 02.04.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

A first stop for any sightseer in Havana is the fort.

Your Top Travel Pet Peeves

Rick Steves | Posted 01.29.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Last week, I offered up a candid review of my pet peeves while on the road. Every once in a while, a post generates comments worth sharing -- and this one prompted several hundred readers to chime in.

What Tour Guides Do On Their Day Off... in Seattle

Rick Steves | Posted 01.27.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Each night during our week-long tour guide summit, our guides enjoyed social activities. On Sunday afternoon, we loaded them into two old American school buses and set them free to explore Seattle.

An Irishman in Edmonds Charms Tour Alums

Rick Steves | Posted 01.27.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

At each of our tour alum parties, we give the mic to six or seven of our European guides, who take turns sharing the fun of their own culture and coun...

Reconnecting with Last Year's Travel Buddies

Rick Steves | Posted 01.26.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

The 20th annual Rick Steves Tour Guide Summit was a multifaceted event. Along with our guides' festivities, we have our tour alumni party -- actually ...

Tour Guide Talent Show: The Great Spanish Debate

Rick Steves | Posted 01.26.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

A highlight of our annual tour guides' summit is our international talent show, which turns our living room into a jam-packed theater. In this skit, ...

Tour Guide Talent Show: German Comedians

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Part of the festivities is our guides' international talent show. In this skit, our German guides explain "The Four Principles of German Humor" (color-coded in bordeaux, ruby, scarlet, and crimson). To keep it snappy, we'll just show you "bordeaux."

Tour Guide Talent Show: Italian Gestures

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

A highlight of our annual guides' summit is our international talent show, which turns my living room into a jam-packed theater. In this skit, our Italian tour guides expanded our vocabulary with some of the many gestures you'll encounter when traveling in Italy.

A Rollicking Rick Steves Tour Guide Party

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

My favorite party of the year is the day in January I open my house to our guides. Last year was packed to the max. We had 30 percent more guides thi...

Tour Guide Radio

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

I need to record lots of interviews -- about 150 each year -- for my weekly one-hour public radio program. With so many brilliant guides in town for o...

A Busy Week of Work and Fun with Our Guides

Rick Steves | Posted 01.22.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

We fly in our guides (more than 100 this year from all over Europe and the USA) for a one-week series of workshops and itinerary roundtables to fine-tune our tour program and ensure that we'll offer the best possible European tours in 2016.

One Hundred Tour Guides Walk into a Bar...

Rick Steves | Posted 01.22.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

To kick off our 2016 Rick Steves' Tour Guide summit, we gathered over a hundred guides at the neighborhood bar here in Edmonds, Washington. I find tou...