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When it comes to traveling, there are few people in the world I trust more for advice than Rick Steves.
Sure, I watch lots of trendy Youtube travel stars, but none of them compare to Rick Steves. My first big travel adventure was backpacking around Europe in 2004 with my sister. In our months of preparation, we read anything and everything by Rick Steves that we could get our hands on. We even ordered matching Rick Steves daypacks for the trip. Let’s just say, we really really trusted his travel advice.
And that trust totally paid off. We had a great adventure and tried so many things, all because of this guy we randomly watched on PBS one afternoon recommended them. But Rick Steves is so much more than a travel guide. He’s also an author, one who has written about how traveling has impacted his life and broadened his understanding of the world and the other people who live here.
On December 2, Rick Steves will be speaking at the Southern Theatre. Columbus Metropolitan Library has teamed up with other Franklin County libraries (Bexley Public Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, Plain City Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries, Upper Arlington Public Library, Westerville Public Library and Worthington Libraries) to present An Evening with Rick Steves.
Steves will be there to discuss his travel and his work, specifically “Travel as a Political Act”. Steves believes that travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world. He is outspoken on the need for Americans to broaden their perspectives through travel.
Steves took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father who was a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Steves joked that he “…realized I didn’t need my parents to travel.” He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons.
In 1976, he started Rick Steves’ Europe, a business that has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a well-traveled staff of over 100 full-time employees.
Tickets for this inaugural joint library program, which range from $20-$75, go on sale via Ticketmaster on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The event will include a presentation, brief Q&A and the opportunity to purchase books for the author to sign.
In case you were wondering, I will 100% be there, fangirling out and waiting for an autograph. For more info about the event, you can click here.
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