February 11, 2013 |
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.
February 28, 2011 |
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.
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.
February 7, 2014 |
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.
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.
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