Getting weird with Rick Steves

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t a fan of Rick Steves, who started covering Europe as his beat in 1980 and has since produced more than 50 guidebooks on European travel as well as a PBS travel show and a weekly radio show. He also runs a successful tour business.

So you can only imagine how excited I was to sit down with him backstage before his recent visit to the Paramount Theatre to chat about all things Europe.

As we talked, I ran some weird European-travel-related Tweets by him to see if they matched up with his local knowledge:

I also did a full interview with him to preview the show, which touched on everything from packing to staying on a budget overseas to what it really means to travel like a local. Here’s an excerpt from that interview on Steves’ mission:

“There’s a hunger for honesty and candid information in this slick, marketing-driven world that we’re in these days. To me, it’s a beautiful thing — be candid and honest and straight and you can be viable as a business.”

Rick Steves backstage before his recent talk at Austin's Paramount Theatre.

Rick Steves backstage before his recent talk at Austin’s Paramount Theatre.

Check out the full interview here; learn more about Rick Steves here.


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