A Holiday in Your Ears - Travel with Rick Steves
A series of 5 travel podcasts that won't disappoint - #3
Travel With Rick Steves
I don’t mind being called a little old-fashioned. I love Rick Steves. He is the trusted hallmark of the US travel industry and father of PBS travel broadcasting. No matter which generation you’re a part, it’s hard to deny that Rick’s experience and knowledge of travel in Europe is unmatched and that he offers something cozy, enticing and intelligent for everyone. He is one of the most well-connected and trusted world travelers out there. I think those reasons are what set Rick and his podcast in a league of their own.
Travel with Rick Steves is professionally developed to a very high standard and, in my opinion, Rick consistently offers armchair travel at its finest. Admittedly, he bugs me at how every once in a while he talks over some of his guests who are billed as the experts. Still, I’m willing to roll my eyes and overlook it most days for the value of information and entertainment offered apart from that annoying flaw, which occasionally frustrates.
Now, Rick Steves would never bill himself as being part of the budget travel community. His travel offerings are quite expensive. Still, he is definitely all about getting the most value for the money he spends and is never afraid to suggest taking the road less traveled. Rick stays away from “touristy” as much as he can and delves brilliantly into relational and authentic moments to be had on a holiday.
The thing I love most about this podcast is how beautifully Rick paints a picture with his words and with those he interviews, transporting the listener to that particular location being described. If he is talking about Venice, then the listener is transported to the Venetian city streets as Rick describes what you would see, hear, smell, eat or drink if you were there right now.
Rick’s podcast generally visits about two or three different travel locations within each episode including Europe, the US and other countries. I enjoy this because, as the listener, I get to “travel” to multiple dream locations in just 45 minutes. With Rick Steves, I am rarely disappointed and I always turn off his podcast feeling a little bit smarter and always ready to travel somewhere new.
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*Cheap Travel Tip: If you’re looking to save money on expenses throughout Europe, but still want to tour the famous sites, check out the Rick Steves Audio Tours podcast. While on your holiday, just download, pop on your earbuds and follow Rick’s lead through the streets of your favorite city in real time. No tour guide needed. FREE! Free is good.
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