Who is Rick Steves?
Rick Steves (born May 10, 1955) is an American travel writer, author, activist and television personality. Since 2000, he has hosted Rick Steves' Europe, a travel series on PBS. Steves also has a public radio travel show called Travel with Rick Steves (2005−present) and has authored numerous travel guides. Rick Steves started his career by teaching travel classes through The Experimental College, a student-run program of non-credit classes at his alma mater, the University of Washington, and working as a tour guide in the summer. At the time, he also worked as a piano teacher (his father had owned a piano store). In 1979, based on his travel classes, he wrote the first edition of Europe Through the Back Door (ETBD), a general guide on how to travel in Europe. Rick Steves self-published the first edition of his travel skills book ETBD in 1980. Unlike most guidebook entrepreneurs, he opened a storefront business. Initially, this was both a travel center and a piano teaching studio. He held travel classes and slide show presentations, did travel consulting, organized a few group tours per year, and updated his books. He did not provide ticket booking or other standard travel agency services. He incorporated his business as "Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door." The store was in Steves' hometown of Edmonds, Washington, north of Seattle. The company's headquarters are still in Edmonds. Steves' first television show, Travels in Europe with Rick Steves, debuted on public television in April 1991 and ended production in 1998. His second show, Rick Steves' Europe, debuted in September 2000, and has produced episodes through 2016, though because he does not produce a season every year, this accounts for nine seasons.
*taken from Wikipedia
Why does he do Europe best?
Now this is just my opinion remember and might not be your opinion.
For me Rick Steves does Europe best simply because he himself loves the material he produces and that makes a huge difference to me. I am a history buff myself and will research till the cows come home on something I am interested in. With both the guidebooks and the TV series he manages to include historical aspects as well. Even if he doesn't go in-depth with them it gives me a jumping off point when it comes to my own research.
I also love that he not only does episodes on certain places but does episodes on travel tips and other specials as well.
European Travel Skills Part 1
Click the image above to be taken to Rick Steves website, which I also love because of all the tips, store and everything else.
See You Next Time :)