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"Travel as a Political Act" episode which premieres March 24th at 7pm on KCET

Airs Sat., March 24 at 7 p.m. PT on KCET in Southern California
By: Judy Shields
Anyone that wants to travel to Europe should get Rick Steves’ books and watch the upcoming KCET special “Rick Steves’ European Tips & Tricks” and Travel as a Political Act.  You will then want to go and travel Europe and not get caught up in the “tourist” traps and see more of what the country has to offer and especially to talk with the local people.
I had the opportunity to watch the episode and I honestly have to say, before I saw the episode I truly had no desire to travel to Europe, although I would love to visit Ireland. It opened my eyes to the history of travel to Europe and seeing it through Rick Steves’ eyes. How he makes it seem so fun and memorable.  If I can just get over the fear of flying, (but I was told I could fly to New York, spend the night and see the city and then fly over to Ireland) I might be willing now to see some of Europe.
So thanks to watching his special, I believe I will have to reconsider going.  Rick is so easy to listen to, his voice captivates you and he is not all over the stage. It was quite lovely to watch and listen to him talk about traveling through Europe and talking with the locals.  I like how he spoke about trying to be your own tour guide and not always taking the bus guided tours all the times.  Venture out, live life, meet people, take photos with your mind, once in awhile.
His words about the history of Europe, what most of us have forgotten about history, that we need to know about the history of the countries we want to travel.  Bravo!
So make it a point to watch his special tomorrow night on KCET and tape it as well so you can watch it again and share it with your friends and family.

Rick Steves believes there’s more to travel than good-value hotels, great art and tasty cuisine. Travelers who travel as a political act can have the time of their lives and come home smarter with a better understanding of today’s world.
In this lecture, Steves will explain how to travel thoughtfully to any corner of the world and come home with the greatest of all souvenirs: a broader perspective.
Check out his webpage at: https://www.ricksteves.com/
Join the conversation on social media using #TravelTipswithRick

About Rick Steves
Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America’s most respected authority on European travel. Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. As an 18-year-old, Rick began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves’ Europe, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of 100 full-time, well-travelled employees at his headquarters in Washington state. There he produces more than 50 guidebooks on European travel, America’s most popular travel series on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, a weekly syndicated column, and free travel information available through his travel center and ricksteves.com. Rick Steves’ Europe also runs a successful European tour program. Rick Steves lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington. His office window overlooks his old junior high school.
Email Rick at rick@ricksteves.com, or write to him c/o 130 4th Ave N, Edmonds, WA 98020

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