42 thoughts on “European Travel Skills with Rick Steves

  1. Ok, I'll be the fact-checker that everybody hates: The bit with the language barrier and the "Sentralsykehus", that is norwegian. In Denmark they're called "Sygehus" (Spelled not far from sykehus), "hospital" or "skadestue" for emergency room. Said the dane.

  2. The Google Translate mobile app is incredible. It's like something out of Star Trek. You select the language you wish you spoke, speak into the microphone, and it speaks the translation and displays it in huge letters. There isn't support for Cockney yet, though, but I heard that most of them understand English.

  3. My wife and I are traveling to Italy next month and we are renting a car for about half of our trip. Are there a lot of gas stations on the main freeway there? I only ask because on our honeymoon in Belize, we also rented a car for half of our honeymoon, and we ran out of gas there even though I suggested should we fill up when we saw the only gas station during our odyssey 🙂

  4. I had the nice honour of meeting Rick Steves twice in another tourist city (San Francisco) no, not in Europe proper, and used to watch his programmes on PBS until I decided to quit watching American TV altogether in general. He really KNOWS his stuff! Actually I am from Europe, Switzerland living in the City by the Bay for the moment. I have even suggested to many tourists to who I have encountered here of nice interesting places off the beaten path as an alternative to visit, to visit that are cheap and even free! A walk under the Golden Gate Bridge at the old Spanish Fort as well of course walking across the bridge as well. The observation tower at M H DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park is also free (44 m high) and worth it.

  5. Love you Rick! your travel advise saves us from getting duped and travel in a safe and frugal way just like a well-wisher would advise. Thanks very much. I love your app as well 🙂

  6. Guess I'm one of those crowds from an "emerging economy" that Rick assumes has a low level of sophistication when visiting Europe. However, I often find myself enjoying the local cultures (being able to learn foreign languages fast helps), traveling to the more remote locations in Europe and immersing myself in what Europe has to offer.

  7. hi rick! you should tell your audiences about the eurail train ticket for europe! it's a really great deal 🙂

  8. I love your videos, but you've got it wrong about adapters. I burned my hair off with a curling iron my first morning in France by thinking I could use just a plug adapter instead of a voltage adapter.

  9. Thank you sir for sharing this to us, Rome is such beautiful place , italy is such nice place to visit. Great video see you I subscribed and like your channel

  10. I'm from the UK, and I certainly wouldn't want to try to manage without my chip and pin debit (current account) card. I can't see how it's practical to travel (or reside) without one anywhere in Europe incl. Turkey.

    In the UK "contactless" has now become the preferred option – to the extent that I had to specifically request a "non-contactless" card when replacing mine recently The banks now send out the newer style cards by default – although they also work as chip and pin.

    Preloaded cards maybe an option for US citizens. It's worth taking a look: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/credit-cards/prepaid-travel-cards/#qa

    This guy is definitely the real deal when it comes to travel advice – well worth listening to what he has to say.

  11. Don't forget to pack enough kinkyness for Europe into your luggage! This prevent you from shocks in the red light district of Amsterdam, the bare boobed sun bathers in Germany and all the people drinkin alcohol in the public!

  12. Steve, I love your guides. But you curb the impulse to insult Americans please? Also keep an eye out for how political activism has effected the bottom line for other businesses. Just a thought. You do have conservative customers. This is not the right platform to debate ideas.

  13. 1:20:00 to 1:21:00 is probably the most important mentality every human being has to have when traveling. I am hoping all people to have a chance to travel to at least 2 countries (one traditional and one a unconventional destination) before their 30s, in order to understand what is going on in the world and not get fooled by Media! Traveling is most important weapon against any sort of hate!

  14. I cannot believe that there are people out there that turn up to museums such as the Ufizi, Louvre, Orsay, Vatican etc without buying a ticket in advance. They're probably cruise shippers.

  15. If you plan to do a Pan-European tour I think it is a good idea to visit France at last as it is the round-about of Europe in many regards. Just open a map and look at its place geographically speaking, for centuries Europeans had no other choice than to cross Europe to go to another one.

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