Thursday, March 25, 2021, 7:30pm PST
Rick Steves is a popular public television host, a best-selling guidebook author, and an
outspoken activist who encourages Americans to broaden their perspectives through
travel. But above all else, Rick considers himself a teacher. He taught his first travel
class at his college campus in the mid-1970s — and now, more than 40 years later, he
still measures his success not by dollars earned, but by trips impacted.
Widely considered America’s leading authority on European travel, Rick produces a
best-selling series of guidebooks and is the author of “Travel as a Political Act.” He is
dedicated to providing all Americans with access to travel information, and has made
extensive resources available for free on the Rick Steves’ Europe website, via the Rick
Steves Audio Europe app, and in Rick Steves Classroom Europe™, a searchable
database of short, teachable video clips.
A longtime supporter of public broadcasting, Rick produces and hosts public television
and radio shows that air across the nation. His newest special, Hunger and Hope:
Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala, debuted in February 2020, and Season 11
of Rick Steves’ Europe Will air this fall.
Rick is the founder and owner of Rick Steves’ Europe (RSE), a travel business with
more than 100 full-time employees. RSE operates a successful tour program, which
brings more than 30,000 people to Europe annually. The company contributes $1
million a year to climate-smart nonprofits, essentially paying a self-imposed carbon tax.
Rick works closely with several advocacy groups and makes regular financial contributions to more than 170 organizations, including annual contributions to Bread for the World. He is a board member of NORML and has been instrumental in the legalization of marijuana in several states. He has also provided $8 million in funding to build two new neighborhood centers in his community, and has donated a 24-unit apartment building for homeless women and their children to his local YWCA.
Rick spends about four months a year in Europe, researching guidebooks, fine-tuning
his tour program, filming his TV show, and making new discoveries for travelers. To
recharge, he plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and
spends time with his son Andy and daughter Jackie. He lives and works in his
hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior