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January 27, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Rick Steves will appear this weekend at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show to talk about -- what else? -- Europe. Steves wrote his first "Europe Through the Back Door" guidebook in 1980 and has churned out about 40 books since then. His latest project reveals 12 hidden places in Europe that most Americans haven't visited. Steves takes viewers there and explains his picks in a public TV special "Rick Steves' Hidden Europe" that will air in March. Here are some of the spots he selected.
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February 7, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Eurail Global Pass offers unlimited rail travel from Portugal to Norway, from the Netherlands to Greece and Turkey. Anyone planning to buy the classic pass for at least 15 days will receive extra days for free -- provided you buy before the end of March. The deal: The deal applies exclusively to Global Pass, which features consecutive-day (read continuous) rail travel in France, Germany, Italy and 21 other countries. It adds two free days to a 15-day rail pass, three free days to a 21-day pass, and five free days to a monthlong pass.
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NEWS
February 24, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
We love Europe because of its history, says European travel guru Rick Steves, but some of the happiest travelers are the ones who savor the way the continent is changing. In a well-attended talk on the first day of the Los Angeles Times Travel Show (to be repeated Sunday at 2:30 p.m.), Steves ran through several recent changes in Europe. He also directed his audience to the Rick Steve Facebook page, where entrees include  details of how his guidebook advice has changed in the last year.
TRAVEL
March 3, 2013
Readers' travel tips keep giving Regarding "Before You Go," Feb. 17: In response to Sheila Maynes' tip, "Scan your passport (main and endorsement pages and any visas), your birth certificate, airline tickets or vouchers, hotel and car booking confirmations. Email them to yourself," you might want to take extra security measures using WinZip or WinRar. Zip and Rar files do about the same thing, which is to shrink your files, but they use different math functions to do the compression.
NEWS
February 28, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
There’s no telling how far a passport might take you. Rick Steves said he got his passport at age 14 to take a family trip to Germany, which led to more trips to Europe , which led to writing guidebooks and tour itineraries, which led to a travel company that takes about 10,000 Americans abroad every year. You get the idea. The deal: To inspire more Americans to leave the country, Steves has launched a No Passport? No Problem! program that pledges to underwrite the cost of a first-time passport for anyone who signs up for one of his company’s tours.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Guidebook author and TV travel host Rick Steves embraces and encourages "thoughtful travel," the idea that how you spend your tourism dollars makes a big difference for countries in crisis. That's why this spring he's traveling to Egypt , Israel and the Palestinian territories, among other places. How do we become more thoughtful travelers? I asked him, and you can too, in person, Feb. 23 and 24 at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
OPINION
October 16, 2007
Re "Europe's drug antiwar," Opinion, Oct. 12 I was encouraged to see Rick Steves' report on how Europe's common-sense-driven approach to dealing with addiction has resulted in fewer addicts, less personal and societal devastation and gobs of taxpayer money freed up to be spent on other, more pressing social needs. But our leaders can't waste a second on considering this proven strategy because they're overwhelmed trying to find a way to pay for universal healthcare. Hey, wait a second.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2012
EVENTS Two days of informative and inspiring travel talks and panels featuring a wide array of leading travel experts at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show. Speakers include Arthur Frommer, Rick Steves and Lisa Ling. Additional highlights include a destinations stage, a culinary stage, Xtreme Adventure Zone, a Travel in Style Pavilion and more. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $10. (800) 448-7775. events.latimes.com/travelshow
TRAVEL
March 13, 2011
The lights are still on at the Eiffel Tower. They keep ringing up sales at Prada in Rome, and London is getting ready to start partying for about a year and a half, beginning with the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. All in all, you wouldn't know that Europe has suffered through an economic crisis as brutal as ours, because strong social programs in the social democracies we love to visit — England, Italy and France — keep people at work, which is part of the problem.
NEWS
March 19, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Where else can you see Rick Steves (11 a,m. Sunday) and Samatha Brown (3 p.m. Sunday) in one place? And George Hobica (of Airfarewatchdog.com ) and John DiScala ( JohnnyJet.com ) telling you how to save money on travel (2:30 p.m. Sunday)? At the Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show at the L.A. Convention Center. You also can see Los Angeles Times photographers, including Mark Boster, whose Yosemite series appears in print Sunday (and you can find it at Latimes.com/yosemite )
NEWS
February 24, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
We love Europe because of its history, says European travel guru Rick Steves, but some of the happiest travelers are the ones who savor the way the continent is changing. In a well-attended talk on the first day of the Los Angeles Times Travel Show (to be repeated Sunday at 2:30 p.m.), Steves ran through several recent changes in Europe. He also directed his audience to the Rick Steve Facebook page, where entrees include  details of how his guidebook advice has changed in the last year.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Los Angeles Times Travel Show opens this weekend at the L.A. Convention Center with a lineup of activities, speakers and events that bring the world closer to home. Here are some highlights of what to see: Get inspired: Meet the big kahunas of the travel world during the two-day show: guidebook author and travel expert Arthur Frommer, host of "The Amazing Race" Phil Keoghan , European guidebook author and TV host Rick Steves , actor and travel writer Andrew McCarthy , and Mike Wolfe of "American Pickers.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Guidebook author and TV travel host Rick Steves embraces and encourages "thoughtful travel," the idea that how you spend your tourism dollars makes a big difference for countries in crisis. That's why this spring he's traveling to Egypt , Israel and the Palestinian territories, among other places. How do we become more thoughtful travelers? I asked him, and you can too, in person, Feb. 23 and 24 at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
NEWS
January 28, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Crowds poured in to the 2012 Los Angeles Times Travel Show, which opened Saturday morning at the L.A. Convention Center, Sharon Donald of Huntington Beach, who plans travel itineraries through her company called Travel Adventures, said she and her husband, Robert, come to the show to get ideas for her clients. "We want to be better informed about what's out there," she said as she waited for the doors to open. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Featured speakers included travel guru Arthur Frommer and journalist Lisa Ling.
NEWS
January 27, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Exhibitors were working hard Friday to get their booths ready for the L.A. Times Travel Show, which opens to consumers Saturday. The show, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, brings together vendors and travelers , offering information (lots of it!), speakers (Lisa Ling and Arthur Frommer on Saturday, Adam Richman on Sunday and Rick Steves both days) as well as a host of learning opportunities. Learning opportunities? Well, yes.  Staff members from the Los Angeles Times will moderate and serve on panels that  will tell you, among other things, how to save money on travel, will help make you a better shopper and give you inside info on how to take better photographs.
NEWS
January 27, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Rick Steves will appear this weekend at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show to talk about -- what else? -- Europe. Steves wrote his first "Europe Through the Back Door" guidebook in 1980 and has churned out about 40 books since then. His latest project reveals 12 hidden places in Europe that most Americans haven't visited. Steves takes viewers there and explains his picks in a public TV special "Rick Steves' Hidden Europe" that will air in March. Here are some of the spots he selected.
NEWS
March 18, 2011
The Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show , the biggest travel show in the West, rolls into the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend, with more than 500 exhibitors and plenty to see and do. The show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, will feature a roster of celebrities, including Samantha Brown of the Travel Channel, Rick Steves of "Europe Through the Back Door," budget-travel guru Arthur Frommer, actor-author Andrew McCarthy...
NEWS
January 28, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Crowds poured in to the 2012 Los Angeles Times Travel Show, which opened Saturday morning at the L.A. Convention Center, Sharon Donald of Huntington Beach, who plans travel itineraries through her company called Travel Adventures, said she and her husband, Robert, come to the show to get ideas for her clients. "We want to be better informed about what's out there," she said as she waited for the doors to open. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Featured speakers included travel guru Arthur Frommer and journalist Lisa Ling.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2012
EVENTS Two days of informative and inspiring travel talks and panels featuring a wide array of leading travel experts at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show. Speakers include Arthur Frommer, Rick Steves and Lisa Ling. Additional highlights include a destinations stage, a culinary stage, Xtreme Adventure Zone, a Travel in Style Pavilion and more. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $10. (800) 448-7775. events.latimes.com/travelshow
NEWS
March 19, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Where else can you see Rick Steves (11 a,m. Sunday) and Samatha Brown (3 p.m. Sunday) in one place? And George Hobica (of Airfarewatchdog.com ) and John DiScala ( JohnnyJet.com ) telling you how to save money on travel (2:30 p.m. Sunday)? At the Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show at the L.A. Convention Center. You also can see Los Angeles Times photographers, including Mark Boster, whose Yosemite series appears in print Sunday (and you can find it at Latimes.com/yosemite )
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