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Rick Steves

Rick Steves

Keynote Speaker: TV Host, Bestselling Guidebook Author & Leading Authority on European Travel

Rick Steves Biography

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, Steves 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, Steves 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, Steves produces and hosts public television and radio shows that air across the nation.

Steves is the founder and owner of Rick Steves' Europe (RSE), a travel business with more than 100 full-time employees. RSE operates a successful small-group tour program which brings more than 30,000 people to Europe annually. The company contributes annually to a portfolio of climate-smart nonprofits, essentially paying a self-imposed carbon tax.

Steves supports and works closely with many advocacy groups and organizations whose missions fit his own, including Bread for the World. He is Chair of the Board of NORML and has been instrumental in the legalization of marijuana in states across the country. He has also provided $9 million in funding to build two neighborhood centers in his community and donated a 24-unit apartment building for homeless women and their children to his local YWCA.

Steves 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 high school.

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Rick Steves Speaking Topics

European Travel Skills

Join guidebook author and public television host Rick Steves as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed lecture made vivid with photos from his travels, Rick teaches audiences how to make the most out of every mile, minute, and dollar to plan trips that are low on stress and high on fun. Attendees learn how to travel smoothly and affordably by creating an efficient itinerary, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, packing smartly, and more.

Travel as a Political Act

Guidebook author and public television host Rick Steves believes there's more to travel than good food and fun in the sun. By venturing out of their comfort zones, American travelers can gain an empathy for the other 96 percent of humanity and a better understanding of the interconnectedness of today's world. In this provocative slideshow lecture, Rick draws from lessons learned while exploring Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East to illustrate how, when Americans "travel as a political act," they come home with the greatest of all souvenirs: a broader perspective.

Travel as a Spiritual Act™

In this insightful slideshow lecture, guidebook author and public television host Rick Steves shares how a lifetime of travels has mixed with his faith, shaped his politics, and broadened his perspective. Drawing from lessons learned while exploring Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, he demonstrates how travel expands our worldview and challenges truths we have been raised to think are self-evident and God-given. Exploring the concept of "travel as a spiritual act," Rick reflects on how the road can serve as church, how his social activism has grown from his travels, and how travel can be a transformative experience for all Americans.

Europe: A Symphonic Journey

Just as travel broadens one's perspective, so can music. In this unique concert, Rick teams up with your orchestra on a musical tour that touches down in seven different European countries, combining Europe's stirring Romantic-era anthems, beautiful high-definition cinematography, and Rick's insights into European history. Rick introduces each anthem and teaches its historical and cultural significance. Then, the orchestra plays while scenic video footage from the Rick Steves Europe TV series accompanies the music, and all involved enjoy a bon musical voyage.

Choose Your Own European Adventure

Rick can tailor a talk to address almost anything relating to European travel. He is happy to work with organizers to create presentations that will best fit specific events and audiences.

Rick Steves Videos

European Travel Tips and Tools with Guidebook Author Rick Steves
Travel as a Spiritual Act with Rick Steves
Be a Citizen of the World: A Conversation with Rick Steves

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What topics does Rick Steves speak about?

Rick Steves is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Adventure, Authors, News & Media, Travel, Overcoming Adversity, Faith & Religion and Outdoor Sports & Recreation.

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Rick Steves is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Adventure Speakers, Authors and News & Media. Please contact us for live or virtual event fee details. Rick Steves generally travels from Seattle, WA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Doug Lansky, Alex Honnold and Jimmy Chin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rick Steves for an upcoming event.

Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 07/06/2024.

Rick Steves Speaking Topics

  • European Travel Skills

    Join guidebook author and public television host Rick Steves as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed lecture made vivid with photos from his travels, Rick teaches audiences how to make the most out of every mile, minute, and dollar to plan trips that are low on stress and high on fun. Attendees learn how to travel smoothly and affordably by creating an efficient itinerary, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, packing smartly, and more.

  • Travel as a Political Act

    Guidebook author and public television host Rick Steves believes there's more to travel than good food and fun in the sun. By venturing out of their comfort zones, American travelers can gain an empathy for the other 96 percent of humanity and a better understanding of the interconnectedness of today's world. In this provocative slideshow lecture, Rick draws from lessons learned while exploring Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East to illustrate how, when Americans "travel as a political act," they come home with the greatest of all souvenirs: a broader perspective.

  • Travel as a Spiritual Act™

    In this insightful slideshow lecture, guidebook author and public television host Rick Steves shares how a lifetime of travels has mixed with his faith, shaped his politics, and broadened his perspective. Drawing from lessons learned while exploring Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, he demonstrates how travel expands our worldview and challenges truths we have been raised to think are self-evident and God-given. Exploring the concept of "travel as a spiritual act," Rick reflects on how the road can serve as church, how his social activism has grown from his travels, and how travel can be a transformative experience for all Americans.

  • Europe: A Symphonic Journey

    Just as travel broadens one's perspective, so can music. In this unique concert, Rick teams up with your orchestra on a musical tour that touches down in seven different European countries, combining Europe's stirring Romantic-era anthems, beautiful high-definition cinematography, and Rick's insights into European history. Rick introduces each anthem and teaches its historical and cultural significance. Then, the orchestra plays while scenic video footage from the Rick Steves Europe TV series accompanies the music, and all involved enjoy a bon musical voyage.

  • Choose Your Own European Adventure

    Rick can tailor a talk to address almost anything relating to European travel. He is happy to work with organizers to create presentations that will best fit specific events and audiences.

Rick Steves Videos

European Travel Tips and Tools with Guidebook Author Rick Steves
Travel as a Spiritual Act with Rick Steves
Be a Citizen of the World: A Conversation with Rick Steves
Travel as a Political Act with Rick Steves
Rick Steves' Europe: A Symphonic Journey

Rick Steves Reviews

  • The event was fantastic! Rick was great to work with. He delivered two impactful and insightful presentations on how travel helps us to build bridges and understand cultures around the globe, which is much more helpful than building walls, that landed well with our audiences.
    Endicott College - Mar 08 2023

  • Calvin College - Jan 22 2022

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