Travel with Rick Steves

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A weekly one-hour conversation with guest experts and callers about travel, cultures, people, and the things we find around the world that give life its extra sparkle. Rick Steves is America's leading authority on travel to Europe and beyond. Host and writer of over a hundred public television travel shows and author of 30 best-selling guidebooks, Rick now brings his passion for exploring and understanding our world to public radio. Related travel information and message boards on www.ricksteves.com.

 
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  • @memetwoandthree
    Pleasant show, unpleasant editing
    I love this show! However, the editing is anxiety producing... I assume it's in an effort to save time, but each speaker's natural pause in speech is edited out, and the effect is unnerving. It also makes it seem as though Rick speaks over and interrupts his guests. I like to listen to this show to savor all the delicious details about travel I'm longing for, but when it's being crammed in like this it kind of defeats the purpose. Just keep it natural, please, and thank you either way for bringing this much needed content.
  • COCO Kershul
    Big Pharma Shill
    I used to love Rick Steves programs. But as a social psychologist who has worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children and an advocate for victims of sexual assault, I have to say his stance on vaccine passports is disgusting. I have worked for years to convince shattered children and women that NO ONE has a right over their bodies. That they are sovereign, whole people, whose bodily autonomy was given to them by God and is protected by the US Constitution. Just as an abuser’s anger doesn’t give them the right to strike a child, and a rapist’s desire doesn’t give them the right to assault a woman, so too, a hypochondriac’s fear doesn’t give them the right to inject anyone with anything against their will. This is fascism. Plain and simple. And the fact that Rick Steves has done programs on the rise of the Third Reich and then shills for Big Pharma, medical apartheid, and a return to “papers please” is grotesque. Shame on you, Rick Steves. If we don’t have bodily autonomy we are nothing but slaves. By denying other healing modalities including native medicines, Ayurveda, etc. you are behaving like a patriarchal, neocolonial, racist. Have you stopped to ask why 75% of the black population in DC has refused the jab? Do you really think they don’t know what’s best for their bodies? What about the 99% of indigenous people on certain reservations in this country? Do their bodies need to be forcibly colonized by White man’s poison to alleviate your fear? This entire charade is just shameful. I’ve followed you for years, and you are not a thoughtless person. So I conclude you must be bought and paid for by the same Big Pharma companies that fund PBS.
  • Reviewer JJR
    N.P. Dinner Party
    I love this show but the author interviewed for this episode is unbelievably pretentious.
  • banned4bimbo
    Inspiring future travels
    Every time I listen to Rick’s podcast, I add a new destination to my travel list.
  • Kakali_pnw
    Indian ocean journeys
    I have been a huge fan of your podcasts, but this episode really shocked me! You and your guest focussed only on the ‘intensity’ of crowds and traffic in Delhi! Not one word about the beautiful Mughal architecture all over Delhi, the charm of old Delhi, the history of Indian independence that is rooted in Delhi. Would you review a historic destination in Europe and only highlight the problems? I don’t think so!
  • tonpetitami
    Stop the interruption
    With you cutting off your guests every two seconds, it’s a miracle that anyone still wants to be interviewed by you. Stop showing off your “superior knowledge” about traveling and let your guests talk!
  • Techn0Nut1996
    A great way to spend an hour!
    I have been listening for a few years and really enjoy Rick’s views and opinions on the places he travels. The guests are fun and knowledgeable and the show itself is so easy to listen to.
  • Thundercloud01
    Long time listener
    Sometimes the show is so good that it changes my mood in a way where I am much calmer and introspective. Also thank you for not including ads.
  • Ry91203
    Rick is a serial interrupter
    I am disappointed in this podcast. I am a fan of Rick’s shows and wanted to give this a try. However, he has a tendency to steamroll his guests’ interesting input with useless information and reactions. Dude, just be quiet. Just because you were on tv, doesn’t make you any better than anyone else. He is better in some episodes than others, to his credit. The episode from today (3/26/2021) was brutal though. Our boy Rick had verbal diarrhea during the Granada bit. Hey Rick, you need some Pepto and a chill pill my guy. I do like that he blazes, but maybe he needs to hit the indica instead of the sativa.
  • Ascyr1
    Plug and travel
    Keep it up, Rick! From a frequent Monday Night Travel attendee. (Obviously a big fan)!
  • Cornhusker55
    Pushing neo socialist ideals
    Very sad to see a once proud entertainer and man fall prey to far left socialistic ideals. The media censorship and tunnel vision is how the Nazi party got a toe hold. It appears Rick wants this for the USA. Do not subscribe or support these ideals.
  • Irishboyster
    Lots of info
    Great info. Always a huge fan of Rick Steve’s Andy McNeill
  • 12746392642
    The closest thing to traveling...without leaving home.
    I’ve utilized Rick’s travel guides for years. And his show and podcast add another layer of depth as I better understand why he appreciates particular places, people, and experiences. Now stuck in a pandemic, closing my eyes and listening to the podcast is the closest thing I have to traveling the world.
  • karahen19
    Entertaining and educational
    I love to travel and have used Rick Steves guidebooks on several trips. I have been getting the travel bug due to being stuck home during the pandemic, and this podcast really helps me get my travel fix! I’m really excited to travel again once it’s safe and this podcast is helping me plan my future travels and is nice relaxing listening at work.
  • PBS stan
    Way too many interruptions
    Why bother having guests on at all?
  • CCG!
    Rick Steves is my hero!
    My hero: Rick Steves is about much more than travel. For years, he has captivated our interest with his coverage of various locations around our planet. He is so respectful of other cultures, and does a great job trying to help others to be curious and show respect for how we all live differently. Oh how I wish we had more people like Rick in leadership positions. If he ran for office, he’d definitely have my vote! :-)
  • JasonBliss
    Fun stories
    Living vicariously through your efforts has been a pleasure. Thank so much!
  • noname9642
    Why Does Everything Have To Be Political?
    Lots of good travel info if you can stomach the far left politics.
  • Amy ZB
    Trip ideas for the globe.
    Enjoy listening to Travel suggestions and Rick interviewing guides. Have used on many of our own trips.
  • Egdbert
    Rick endorsed Puppet on YouTube!
    Public Television stations like PBS are wasting American tax dollars on extremist political hacks like Rick Steves!
  • aweseome ava
    ❤️
    One of my favorite podcasts!!
  • Emmapsy
    More women guests?
    How about interviewing more women guests? Four out of seventeen isn’t great.
  • BillBlaster1
    Rick’s Podcast is Really Great
    I enjoy his PBS shows and his podcast, which covers more than just Europe. He has an incredible variety of destinations that he covers, and has local guides/experts to opine. Try this travel podcast if you enjoy taking a journey without leaving your home.
  • Libbinator21
    Stop talking over your guests!
    I really like Rick Steve’s Europe on PBS, so I thought I would like his podcast, but for goodness sakes he talks over his guests so much it is hard to listen.
  • bsav19
    Wholesome and Informative
    This podcast perfectly combines travel information with cultural history in a way that is so pleasant to listen to. I have learned a great deal about various cultures and reinvigorated my love for adventure!
  • bradkh1
    Great podcast
    Everyone knows that Rick is an expert on Europe but in this podcast he tackles places and experiences around the globe. Rick has great guests and he always asks the questions that go behind the surface. If you are interested in international travel then this is the show for you.
  • travelfan303
    Episode 604 - kindness
    Like most Americans in the summer of COVID - sitting at home and not able to travel, this episode on tales of the kindness of strangers while traveling was a wonderful reminder of the great travels many of us have experienced and honestly brought a tear to the eye in hearing of the travel experiences of others and the universal kindness of starters in a foreign land. It’s was wonderful to travel in the mind back to similar experiences I have had and hear the wonderful stories of others who despite all the negativity in the world, that there are wonderful experiences that we will all enjoy again, at sone point, and the joys of traveling in the past and future. It was a lovely episode that I hope he does more of and it was a lovely journey and affirming to listen to while enjoying a glass of foreign wine and bringing some joy and the anticipation of future travels when we return to some degree of normalcy. Great podcast and a great offering from Rick and team.
  • Linn's mama
    Please stop interrupting
    Rick, I love your show and all the wonderful information you provide, but please stop interrupting your guests!
  • Auntie Sharon R
    Wonderful travel information
    I love listening to Rick Steves. He is a true professional. His guests are interesting and the whole feel of the podcast is light and upbeat. Very uplifting in these strange times. I can’t wait to travel again. Thank you Rick for being a positive voice for travel and understanding of our fellow beings on this surprisingly small interconnected world.
  • Southern Native
    Conservative Capitalist Listener Here
    My values are rooted in allowing all sides to be voiced and heard with respect. I am all for intellectual diversity and challenge Rick and his political comrades to embrace it at this time when “the other” is being wildly censored on social media platforms and maligned by psychologically manipulative political factions lusting for power. (Hey, listeners of Rick should be smart enough to recall that censorship and ridiculing their opponents as dumb and backwards is something the historical fascists employed. Ask yourself if you have ever engaged in that behavior.) Yeah, Rick is a straight up pot-loving Socialist. He does not pretend to be something he isn’t, and I don’t find him mean-spirited. I don’t agree with all the political mishmash presented on his show but feel I am better informed after listening to a different view. The political activism is a downer when so much of the show is focused on it. My favorite podcast episodes are when Rick speaks with citizens of actual cities and nations about their home, their cities, their culture, way of life and the people. I can overlook the occasional pushy, lopsided political activism totally to hear from these citizen experts. (Can’t wait until you get the guts to bring on political/economic system opponents involved in global travel to discuss these things like capitalism, climate change, the ramifications both good and bad of pot and alcohol freedom, etc. Conservatives don’t just exist in the United States although many of you supposed educated, cultured listeners seem to think that. Rick, you might help bring about some necessary healing if you did this. None of us should be afraid to have these discussions and friendships with people we don’t see 100% eye-to-eye. Next time you have Dahr Jamail on, for example, bring on someone related to the industry who has an opposing viewpoint.)
  • KS3158
    had to unsubscribe
    Rick Steves has built an industry around his travel books and tours. His podcast features knowledgeable, articulate and interesting guests but is unfortunately spoiled by his constant efforts to indoctrinate his listeners with his left-wing political views. He preaches diversity and open-mindedness but seems to have little tolerance towards persons who don’t share his views. For example, he disparages the oil industry for coining the term “global warming” then labels anyone who questions climate change dogma as a “climate denier”. In another example he judgmentally asserts that a named individual “much have been really corrupt” solely because he accumulated a large fortune. I struggled to hear a self-proclaimed Christian be so hypocritical, and finally had to unsubscribe.
  • aliciasgraf
    Great Info
    I appreciate the variety!!
  • like satie
    too religious
    You’ve gotten too religious. It seems lately most of your podcasts regard religion. Begins to be like prosletyzing and is boring.
  • Carebear1107
    Rick is awesome !
    Just found his special on food in Europe today and I loved it! I’m officially subscribed and look forward to learning much more in subsequent episodes ☺️
  • Marina 'The Trader Chick'
    Fun travel stories
    Great podcast to listen to while looking for inspiration. As someone who has done a lot of traveling before and owns a travel blog, I really enjoy listening to other people's travel stories and about the many awesome out there that I still have to visit and take my children to.
  • neo_lanseth
    Travel with purpose
    I grew up watching Rick Steves on PBS, and have been lucky to visit Europe with Rick's audioguides in my ears and book in my hands. This podcast a great way to discover lesser known destinations, rediscover classic vacation spots, and learn more about other cultures. Lots of love from a mexican who grew up in the States, and recently moved to Canada from France.
  • Pèlerine Patt
    Great Sanity Break
    I’ve been listening to the podcast during my hourlong walks since the COVID 19 outbreak. Since cancelling a April trip to Scotland/Ireland & not seeing any travel in the near future, this show takes me to a different part of the world each day. It’s so delightful to hear about experiences shared by your guests be it kayaking down the Mississippi or experiencing small towns in Italy. Such a great way to escape from today’s world crisis. Thank you, Rick.
  • kfn#
    Enjoyable But
    I really enjoy listening to this podcast. But I don’t like the political influence. I find it uncomfortable.
  • Strider1882
    Interruption
    Rick clearly has a vast amount of general travel knowledge, and the format of the show is good. However, he constantly interrupts his guests, which is annoying at best, and at times, extremely rude. If this could change, my rating would go up at least one star.
  • Rosemary_Listens
    Love Mr. Steves, but some advice ....
    I have loved Rick's travel shows, advice and tips for years. I am however frustrated at repeated recommendations to power through jet lag or use caffeine. Jet lag is sleep deprivation. Traveling while in such a state is dangerous and miserable. Take a nap, go to bed early, drink water. One hour spent rested, alert, and happy touring a town is far better than two spent groggy and grumpy. Do yourself, your traveling companions, and everyone a favor. If you are exhausted, rest! Travel Safe. Travel Happy. Kindly, The well-rested traveler.
  • dontwanttowriteareview
    Makes me more of a dreamer
    I am already a big dreamer, but listening to Rick and his guests makes me think I am in the country he is talking about. I have so many places on my list thanks to him and add more every single day. Keep them coming.
  • Benton006
    1,000th Review!!! Great show!!!
    Love this show! I listen almost every day and am catching up with all the old episodes. Rick is a great travel mentor! Keep on traveling!
  • lukas allen
    It was okay
    I really recommend Strange Places much better
  • Katherynemc
    Stop interrupting the guests!
    While I generally enjoy the guests and topics covered, Rick’s constant interruption and cutting off his guests while they are talking is rude and annoying.
  • Gganpurev
    Hello
    Hi guys please speech about Mongolia which has such a rich History. It should be interesting
  • Su Bird
    Interview style
    I noticed a few other comments about Rick’s annoying habit of constantly interrupting his guests. Does he listen to the interviews? If so, doesn’t he hear himself? I love the concept of the show and appreciate his deep knowledge, but his interview style is distracting. Let your guests finish their thoughts/sentences, please!
  • Camus451
    Great Travel Podcast!
    My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy and this podcast is proving to be a goldmine for figuring out our itinerary. Rick Steve’s and his guests stay focused on what makes a great trip in the limited time available for vacations. Thank you Rick!
  • andyroyaloak71
    So much more than a travel show
    I am frequently awestruck at the depth of feeling Rick and his guests convey on their topic. His sensitivity and respect as the outsider, and their expertise and, typically, pride in their home combine to give us listeners a most valuable experience. Rick is a terrific role model for travel—actual or vicarious—as a path to world peace.
  • Velostersf
    Stop political commentaries
    Love your travel interviews, but prefer not to have the political commentaries. Example: "Kerouac's Firewatch"
  • Garth Jantzen
    Fun show
    Like this show a lot.
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