I also enjoyed researching and updating our guidebooks (in Greece, Rome, Florence, Tuscany, South France, and South England), which helped me scout new TV episodes (for Tuscany and South England) and refine our newest Rick Steves Europe Tours Villages of South England itinerary.
When most travelers think of the American Southwest, they imagine iconic destinations like the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. However, if your family is looking for something a little different, consider adding one of these very kid-friendly, under-the-radar places to your itinerary.
A recent trip to London indicated that restaurateurs and hoteliers are more sensitive to price, competing for the 17 million tourists who visit. This means more hotel package deals, a lot more creature comforts, and better fixed-price meals.
The real world means packing up and leaving your comfort zone, the familiar, your safe place, and experiencing unknown things - a new place, new people who may not understand you, unfamiliar customs, the list goes on. Traveling is being in the real world, and here are 10 vital lessons that it will teach you.
Even after decades of travel, it's so fun to still be learning fun little factoids about the cultures we visit. It never ends! In Dresden, my German friend explained that the dough woven into a pattern in a pretzel represents the way our thumbs cross when we fold our hands in prayer.
Since we only had a few days, we narrowed down our selection to the four most innovative restaurants. All of them wowed us with eye-opening dishes, from molecular foams to burnt marshmallows.
No amount of money that I donated to a non-profit was going to do anything more than- possibly - provide a bowl of rice somewhere, which is a lot like sticking a Band-Aid on an amputation. What people needed more than anything were opportunities.
Each of the following countries have gorgeous and culturally-interesting cities that lure more PG-minded tourists, but they also all have very visible and widespread prostitution that attract visitors of another kind.
I'm afraid of a lot of things: spiders, rabies, eye contact -- but I once went an entire decade without setting foot on a plane, and that fear practically sucked the air out of my life. Then, last year, I got on a plane and haven't looked back since.
I once joined a discussion on a travel forum about Bruges and apparently pissed some people off who said you could see Bruges in a day or a day and a half. I suggested close to a week was more like it, and was grossly misinterpreted.
So, you'd like to mix it up on your next big trip. On your travel checklist: a place to stay that's equal parts offbeat and off the grid. We've got you covered. Here are six kooky alternatives to generic hotels.
While an inconvenience, this delay provided our group of four to get to know each other, as we would be spending the next couple of weeks learning, eating and living together in Riva. Our group exchanged stories of our summers thus far and what we expected and wanted to do while in Europe.
You're likely familiar with the nearly symmetrical, often snow-capped cone of Fuji-san -- as the mountain is known locally -- through images of Japanese classical artworks, most famously in the print series by Hokusai, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji.