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Who is Rick Steves?

Richard Steves was born on 10 May 1955, in Barstow, California USA, and is an author, television personality and travel writer, best known for being the host of the travel series “Rick Steves’ Europe”. He’s also authored numerous travel guides over the course of his career.

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The Net Worth of Rick Steves

How rich is Rick Steves? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $10 million, mostly earned through success in the travel industry, but Rick has also had a strong success with the radio travel show entitled “Travel with Rick Steves”. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Where is Rick Steves Today?

Rick continues to be an advocate for travel today, specifically independent travel. While he has produced a lot of content concentrating on Europe, it is mainly directed at an American audience. The television series “Rick Steves’ Europe” is still going strong as a part of Oregon Public Broadcasting, and he also continues to write numerous travel books. He promotes travelling to big cities as well as villages far away from the usual tourist routes.

His reach has also expanded to other forms of media, including mobile apps, radio and newspaper; his weekly radio program entitled “Travel with Rick Steves” has been running since 2005, and he writes a column for Tribune Media Services. In 2010, he launched his own mobile application entitled “Rick Steves’ Audio Europe”, which contains a library of audio content available for both iPhone and Android. The content of his app includes self-guided walking tours.

Travel Career

Rick initially began his career through The Experiment College which was a student-run program at the University of Washington. While he did that, he also worked as a tour guide during summer breaks. He also briefly worked as a piano teacher as his father owned a piano store. In 1979, he wrote his first book entitled “Europe Through the Back Door” which was a general guide on travelling in Europe. He then started his own business which was a mix of a piano teaching studio and a travel center. He did travel classes, travel consulting, presentations, a few organized group tours per year, and also worked on other books.
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Eventually, his popularity and success would lead him to his first television show entitled “Travels in Europe with Rick Steves” which began airing in 1991 and would go on to run for seven years. In 2000, he then debuted his second show entitled “Rick Steves’ Europe” which he has produced episodes totaling nine seasons. Since self-publishing his first book, he’s done other written works as well. He co-authored “Europe 101: History and Art for Travelers” and other guidebooks before focusing on the anecdotal “Postcards from Europe”.

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Politics and Other Advocacies

Steves has mentioned that he is a member of the Democratic Party and endorsed the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. He is a vocal proponent on the legalization of cannabis, believing similar to Europe that marijuana is a soft drug such as tobacco and alcohol. He was a major supporter of Initiative 502 which taxed and regulated cannabis in Washington. He also supports finding solutions to the homeless and helped construct a 24-unit apartment complex in Lynnwood, Washington, later donating it to YWCA. He is also a supporter of the arts and has given $1 million to the Edmond Center for the Arts. He’s also highly active in terms of civic advocacies, and was even able to raise $50,000 for the ACLU during the last inauguration day.

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Posted by Rick Steves on Saturday, February 4, 2017

He mentioned in an interview that Americans should get used to losing, because if the country continues to take a stand as a superpower then other people will just oppose and take the country as a threat. Even if the country makes a change in stance, it wouldn’t change who they are and the fabric of their society. He also dislikes displaying the American flag on car antennas, saying that it is just a means of stoking today’s terrorism and tomorrow’s international conflicts.

Personal Life

For his personal life, he is of Norwegian ancestry; he has a sister, Jan who is an Iditarod racer. It is known that Rick was married to Anne Steves but they divorced in 2010. They have two grown children, and their son has established his own travel company called Weekend Student Adventures Europe. Rick is a Lutheran, and has written on subjects including the European Reformation and Martin Luther. He supports liberation theology, and is a speaker for the Lutheran Peace Fellowship. It is a known fact that Rick spends a third of each year in Europe to research guidebooks and to film for television shows. When he is not in Europe, he mostly resides in his home at Edmonds, Washington State.

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  1. Paula Thomas Reply

    Rick Steves is rather a disappointment after all. He had a beautiful family but chose to travel away from them and is very into himself. I dare say he will regret spending so much time away from his family that eventually lost them. I have looked back over his many travel programs over the years and have enjoyed them but there is only so much you can do without sacrificing your personal life. He chose himself over his family and that’s a sad scenario. No man is an island but some think they are.

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