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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.

Welcome to Havana

Rick Steves | Posted 02.03.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Flying into Havana after dark, I was struck by how dimly lit the city was. Touching down, it was the darkest airstrip I'd ever landed on. For such a b...

Rick Steves' Cuba Report

Rick Steves | Posted 02.03.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of the hottest topics among American travelers lately is Cuba. Can we visit now? Is it legal? How does it work? I just got back from a (fully lega...

Finally! A Ringtone for the Rick Steves Traveler

Rick Steves | Posted 02.02.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Going to the big travel shows around the USA (Chicago and Dallas the last two weekends, LA and the Bay Area coming up), I meet lots of enthusiastic tr...

Video Travel Bite: Padova, Italy

Rick Steves | Posted 02.01.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

From time to time we share a random video clip to fuel your travel dreams. Join us today as we visit the vast Palazzo della Ragione in Padova, Italy....

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.

Ringing in the (Bulgarian) New Year with a Blessing

Rick Steves | Posted 01.28.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

On the last day of our guide summit, our Bulgarian guide, Stefan Bozadzhiev, graced me and our entire staff with a traditional Bulgarian blessing: "Le...

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...

Steves' Pet Peeves

Rick Steves | Posted 01.21.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

While a key to happy travels certainly is a positive attitude, I do have my pet peeves while traveling in Europe. Just between you and me, here are a few things that I do not find really great.

Video Travel Bite: Prague's Jewish Quarter

Rick Steves | Posted 01.20.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

From time to time we share a random video clip to fuel your travel dreams. Join us today as we visit the evocative Jewish Quarter in Prague.

Physiological Proof: Travel Just Might Be the Fountain of Youth

Rick Steves | Posted 01.19.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

I've long noticed that many travelers seem younger than average in their appearance, attitudes, and energy levels. And I have a theory that just might explain it.

Video Travel Bite: Venice, Italy

Rick Steves | Posted 01.14.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

From time to time we share a random video clip to fuel your travel dreams. Join us today as we cruise the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

Video Travel Bite: Kaymaklı, Turkey

Rick Steves | Posted 01.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

From time to time we share a random video clip to fuel your travel dreams. Join us today as we visit the underground world of Kaymaklı, Turkey, which provided an almost ready-made refuge for Turks during invasions and persecutions through the centuries.