Author(s): Rick Steves
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling through Europe, including how to:* Plan your itinerary and maximize your time* Pack light and right* Find good-value hotels and restaurants* Travel smoothly by train, bus, car, and plane* Avoid crowds and tourist scams* Hurdle the language barrier* Understand cultural differences and connect with locals* Save money while enjoying the trip of a lifetimeAfter 30 years of exploring Europe, Rick considers this travel skills handbook his life's work. He shares his favorite off-the-beaten-path towns, trails, and natural wonders. With this guidebook, you'll experience the culture like a local, spend less money, and have more fun.
Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 20,000 travelers to Europe annually. He does all of this with the help of a hardworking, well-traveled staff of 100 at Rick Steves' Europe in Edmonds, Washington, near Seattle. When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his partner Trish, son Andy, and daughter Jackie.