Traveling out of the comfort zone with guide Rick Steves

meeting Rick Steves

February 23, 2018 — Rick Steves, guidebook author and travel television host, visited Fairleigh Dickinson University for a conversation and a Q&A with students and faculty from FDU’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (ISHTM). Joseph Tormey, director of ISHTM, moderated the event, which was held at the Metropolitan Campus.

“I never travel without my little black book. I travel, take notes and make mistakes so other travelers will not,” said Steves. “Through the guidebooks, TV shows and travel tour program our mission is to inspire Americans to travel beyond Orlando, Fla.”

Rick Steves’ Europe, a robust travel tour program founded by Steves, has conducted guided tours of Europe for nearly 30 years.

“Europe is the wading ground for Americans to broaden their travels,” continued Steves. “Americans need to take seriously culture shock when embarking on their first European vacation. I suggest start your trip with a more similar country, such as England, and end your tour in places with more exotic cultures and customs.”

Steves took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. In 1976, he started his business, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a full-time staff of 100 at headquarters in Washington. Steves produces 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 a travel center and ricksteves.com.