Travel guru Rick Steves shares 10 tips to save you money, time, and stress when you're on vacation

  • Rick Steves is a longtime writer of travel guidebooks and the host of the series "Rick Steves' Europe."
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No one wants to be stressed out when they're on vacation. But between budgeting your trip, staying on top of a tight itinerary, and trying to make the most of your experience when you finally arrive, it can often be hard for travelers to be fully invested.

If anyone knows how to deal with those feelings, it's Rick Steves . The longtime travel writer and host of "Rick Steves' Europe" has more than 40 years of experience under his belt, and his company has led 30,000 travelers on elaborate European vacations .

There are simple things you can do to make the most out of your trip, Steves told Business Insider, from packing as light as possible to eating family-style meals to maximize the variety dishes you can try.

While some of his advice might put travelers out of their comfort zones, he said it's worth it if it helps you see the world differently and celebrate other cultures.

"A lot of people don't know the joy of travel until they do it," Steves told us.

Here are 10 of Steves' best pieces of travel advice for those looking to save money, time, and stress on their next vacation.

Bring an up-to-date guidebook

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It's always smart to pack a guidebook to give you recommendations for local activities, hotels, food, and nightlife. But you'd better make sure your guidebook is up to date.

"I am amazed by the many otherwise smart people who base the trip of a lifetime on a borrowed copy of a three-year-old guidebook," Steves told Business Insider. "The money they save in the bookstore is wasted the first day of their trip, searching for buses that no longer run and restaurants that have long since closed. Guidebooks are $25 tools for $4,000 experiences."

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You may think it's impossible to pack light . After all, you're going to Europe for two weeks, and you'll need plenty of changes of clothes. But there's a difference between items you'll need and items you'll want.

"You'll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags, 'Every year, I pack heavier,'" Steves said. "You can't travel heavy, happy, and cheap. Pick two."

Steves said his company has taken tens of thousands of people of all ages and styles on tours through Europe, and they allow them to bring only one carry-on bag. That's it.

"For many, this is a radical concept," he said. "But they manage, and they're glad they did."

He added that after you enjoy that "sweet mobility and freedom," you'll never go any other way.

Choose overnight stays that will enrich your trip

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When you're traveling, you may initially feel more comfortable staying at a hotel chain that you're familiar with back home. Steves' advice? It's better to branch out and try a local accommodation.

"No matter where you go — whether a bustling city like Paris or a midsize destination like Siena — the neighborhood and hotel you choose help shape your experience," he said. Plus, you might save money.

"In many cases, the less you spend the more you experience," he said. "You can get transplanted American niceties, but you're going to pay American prices, plus shipping, for them. And that's not why you travel to the rest of the world beyond our borders."

Spend money to save money — but also prioritize what you spend money on

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You may be a budget traveler and aim to save as much money as you can while you're on a trip.

But time is money, as Steves agrees.

"People sometimes focus on saving money while forgetting that their time is equally valuable, and limited," he said. "If it will save you a half hour, hop in a taxi. Considering the value of your time, even if taking a taxi costs you and your travel partner $5 more than bus tickets, it's a good investment."

Speaking of spending money, when someone says they can't afford to travel, Steves says to think again.

"It's a choice," he said, and all about priorities. "Some people can't afford to go to Europe and they spend more on a sofa than I do on a trip," he said. "Buy a used car instead of a new car, and you've got enough money for three months in Europe."

Avoid lines

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Almost any popular tourist destination is bound to have a never-ending line, which can really eat into your travel time. But, with a little planning, Steves said, you can prevent this.

"As far as I'm concerned, there are two IQs for travelers: those who queue and those who don't," he said.

"These days, thanks to crowdsourcing, it seems everyone is packing into the same bucket-list sights, forcing many of these overwhelmed favorite stops to offer or require skip-the-line timed reservations."

He said this is the key to not wasting time in line and, instead, waltzing right in.

"Take advantage of this fast and easy alternative to standing in needless lines," he said. "With the right information, you can avoid nearly every line that tourists suffer through — and any good up-to-date guidebook will show you how."

Adapt your tastes by becoming a 'cultural chameleon'

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When you immerse yourself in a culture, you'll have a different experience than someone who just skims the surface, if at all.

"Cultural chameleons drink tea in England, beer in Prague, red wine in France, and white wine on the Rhine," Steves said. "They eat fish in Portugal and reindeer in Norway."

He said that going with the local specialties gets you the best quality and service for the best price. "And you'll win the respect of the locals," he said.

Eat family-style meals

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Speaking of food, don't you hate it when everything on the menu looks appealing but you can choose only one thing? Steves has a solution.

"Whenever possible, I order family-style so I can eat my way through more of the menu," he said. "Often, my travel partner and I will order one high-risk and one low-risk dish — and at worst, we'll split the edible one. Or we order a little buffet of appetizers or first courses — they're filling, less expensive and more typically local than entrees."

Although not every type of cuisine lends itself to this kind of eating, Steves said you can simply ask for a small extra plate and double your enjoyment by sharing.

Make saying 'yes' into a habit

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When you're traveling, lots of unexpected opportunities may arise, and, initially, it might be easier to dismiss them than accept them. Steves suggests embracing them.

"Pledge every morning on your trip to do something entirely different that day — and when you're invited to experience something out of the ordinary, just say 'yes,'" he said. "You'll be surprised how many things you will enjoy that you didn't expect to. Meet people. Create adventure."

Put down your phone and be in the moment

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You may hear of people taking a digital detox or putting their phone into airplane mode so they can enjoy the present moment more. Steve said it's a good idea.

"I've noticed, in our social-media age, that many travelers are more keen on documenting where they are than actually experiencing it," he said. "Sure, you need a photo. But after you take the photo, stow your phone and actually be in the moment."

He also recommends that you have your travel partner do the same, so you can savor the moment together.

It's OK if you don't see everything — be confident that you'll return

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If you feel overwhelmed when you're traveling — How can I possibly see everything? — the answer is you don't have to.

"You can't see it all, especially in one trip, and that's a blessing," Steves said. "Enjoy seeing what you can and be thankful you have important experiences left over to enjoy on your next adventure."

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  • Meet the new generation of travel guru: Andy Steves

Edmonds travel guru Rick Steves’ son, Andy Steves, learned about traveling overseas when other kids were in preschool. Now, 29, he’s founded his own travel company and has, not too surprisingly, written a guidebook.

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Fatherhood’s a long journey, and if you’re travel expert Rick Steves, 61, father of Andy Steves, 29, there’s not always time for rest stops.

Throughout his childhood, Andy recalls, he, his sister and their mother would join his father in Europe every summer while the elder Steves did research and taped TV shows for his burgeoning travel-guide business. There wasn’t a lot of R&R.

“When Rick Steves is in Europe, it’s always a business trip — it’s never vacation,” Andy says bluntly.


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Andy Steves will discuss and sign “Andy Steves’ Europe: City Hopping on a Budget” at 6 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Seattle’s University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E.; (

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“It was intense. We’d have our daily allowance to get a gelato or something. We’d have our frustrations — walking past the camera 10 times to get it right for a shoot.”

But that all became routine, Andy says, and if imitation is in fact flattery, any childhood resentment seems washed away: Just in time for Father’s Day 2016, the younger Steves is doing a major “like father, like son” act, publishing “Andy Steves’ Europe,” his first travel guidebook .

The pair will do a joint appearance and Andy will sign books at 6 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Seattle’s University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E.

Unless you’ve lived under a rock for 35 years, you’ll know that Rick Steves is generally considered the European travel guru (even he calls himself that in conversation). From self-publishing his first “Europe Through the Back Door” travel guide in 1980 and leading trips through the University of Washington’s Experimental College, he’s built a little empire, with tours, best-selling guidebooks, and travel wisdom doled out through a syndicated newspaper column and nationwide programs on public TV and radio. He has always emphasized traveling light and getting to know local culture.

It’s made him a millionaire, all based from his hometown, the Seattle suburb of Edmonds, where father and son sat this week in the head office of Rick Steves’ Europe and pondered their travels through life together.

From his earliest days, “I have vague memories of running around castles — of playing hide-and-seek in castles built by Mad King Ludwig,” Andy says.

As a dad, Rick aimed to engender independence and travel savvy in his son as he grew up. Sometimes it would be a sort of trial by fire.

“In Paris, he’d put me on the next Metro (subway) car and tell me where to transfer and where to get off — and hopefully he was watching out for me,” Andy recollects.

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After graduating from Lynnwood’s Meadowdale High School, Andy backpacked around Europe with a school buddy. As Rick recollects in a foreword penned for his son’s guidebook, he had primed Andy with a list of “must-see” museums, castles and galleries.

“When he came home he triumphantly declared that he had skipped most of those conventional sights and, instead, made friends in each country,” Rick recalls.

That kind of person-to-person connecting is what “carbonates” travel, and it’s what his son is so good at, Rick says.

While Andy attended the University of Notre Dame (studying industrial design, with a minor in Italian language and literature), a foreign-study term in Italy opened his eyes to a market for the kind of help his father offers travelers — but zeroed in on college students and technology-driven millennials.

Out of school in 2010, Andy founded his own business, Weekend Student Adventures , for the backpacker crowd that pops between European capitals on $50 budget flights.

The guidebook is an outgrowth of that, as he now divides his time between Prague and Seattle.

Rick Steves say he’s not proud he didn’t make more time for family vacations in earlier days. Nowadays, he takes his grown kids on an annual trip together — somewhere distinctly not Europe. (He and his wife divorced in 2009.)

Meanwhile, Andy seems laser-focused on building his own travel business.

“Your mom and sister would say we’re disgustingly similar,” Rick says to his son.

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Rick Steves Just Told Us His Top Travel Mistakes to Avoid — and His Best Piece of Travel Advice

Every year, Rick Steves’ Europe takes 30,000 people on small-group tours — and this is the one thing they're not allowed to bring.

Rick Steves never checks a bag when traveling — and he strongly encourages all of his fellow globetrotters to do the same.

“It’s more important than ever to travel light,” he said. “Two weeks, two months, man, woman, winter, summer, it doesn’t matter, you just need a carry-on bag.”

Steves is known for his popular European guidebooks, tour company Rick Steves’ Europe , and public television travel show . As a professional international traveler, Steves is an expert at avoiding common travel mistakes like lost luggage, overbooked restaurants, and crowded sights.

While a few travel problems are inevitable, Steves advocates for flexibility, which is at the core of his travel philosophy. In a recent interview with Travel + Leisure, Steves shared some of his best tips to help alleviate frequent travel issues and reduce trip anxiety.

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Pack Light and Skip Tight Connections

Besides the occasional need to pack his hiking poles, Steves is adamant that travelers should only bring along a carry-on bag . Every year, Rick Steves’ Europe takes 30,000 people on small-group tours, and all travelers are limited to just a carry-on — no checked luggage allowed. 

“If you don’t check a bag, you’re much less likely to get ensnared in all of the airport chaos in Europe,” Steves said.

Carry-on luggage is less likely to get stolen, lost, or broken, and Steves also loves that it helps with flexibility — you can easily switch flights without worrying about leaving your whole wardrobe behind. Plus, he said, if you are worried about limited space, packing cubes are a worthwhile investment to help organize and compress clothes in a smaller bag.

“You need to roll with the punches,” Steves said.

Steves is also a proponent of scheduling airline connections with plenty of time, especially for international trips. For instance, U.S. travelers visiting countries in the European Schengen Zone have to go through passport control when arriving in their first Schengen country. So, if your final destination is Greece, but your layover is in Germany, make sure the connection timing in Germany accounts for the possibility of long immigration lines.

Book Your Top Reservations, Then Go With the Flow

Steves believes 2023 is going to be a busy travel year, with sales of his guidebooks currently matching where they were at this time in 2019, previously the company’s best year ever. With the coronation of King Charles in London in May, and the Olympics in Paris next year, Steves wants travelers to understand that some crowds are going to be inevitable.

“People really need to respect that there are going to be a lot of crowds in Europe,” he said.

Travelers who don’t do any planning in advance often end up waiting in long lines, wasting valuable time queuing outside of a museum, rather than spending than extra time inside. Steves recommends using a guidebook, like his own, that has been researched after the worst years of the pandemic to account for any changes to reservation systems and updated hours.

“More than ever, people are going to the same famous places,” he said. “Museums want to moderate their mob scenes.”

A notable change these days, he said, is many sights are still requiring online bookings to help control large crowds, which they started doing during the pandemic and have kept up in order to mitigate the chaos of long lines outside. In updating his guidebooks, Steves said he is focused on making sure there is a sidebar for each chapter reviewing what visitors need to do in advance.

For instance, Steves said well-organized travelers visiting Amsterdam have just four things they need to book ahead of time: the Anne Frank House , the Van Gogh Museum , the Rijksmuseum , and one trendy restaurant for a nice dinner.

“The flip side of that coin is that everything else is fine. You don't need reservations for all the other stuff,” he said. “If a serendipitous opportunity presents itself, the answer has always got to be 'yes.”

Once you have the core set of reservations you need, the rest of your trip can easily fall into place, Steves said. Don’t worry about making a dinner reservation every night — instead, visit a street with local eateries and pick a delicious, non-touristy spot.

“We tend to be too figured out these days,” he said. “It takes away some of the joy of travel, which is letting things unfold in an unpredictable way.”

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Avoid Overcrowded Spots

Steves said he's noticing that so many travelers now source recommendations from social media — and that has repercussions. The consequence, he said, is that when everyone goes to the same place, trying to get the same picture, it becomes overcrowded and hard to enjoy. 

“There might be a place that's just as good, maybe 90 percent as good, but with no crowds at all just down the street,” he said.

Instead of relying on Tripadvisor or Instagram, Steves said, try to embrace the local culture and you’ll have a less stressful experience.

“I don’t go crazy over what’s No. 1,” he said. “No. 1 is the company that is deemed best in the system. [Instead], we try to find these little mom and pops, these labors of love, these creative adventures — that’s what distinguishes my books and tours.”

Perhaps the most important piece of advice Steves shared is that often, travelers put a lot of pressure on themselves to check off the top museums, historic sites, restaurants, and shops from every “best of” list. But that pressure can lead to a lot of trip anxiety and the feeling of rushing around to go somewhere just because it’s famous.

His best advice? “Assume you will return,” he said. “Never try to do everything on one trip, because you can't.”

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Travel guru Rick Steves, ’78, loves to share his worldview

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R ick Steves, ’78, is an idealist. He doesn’t expect you to agree with him. But he’s not speaking his mind or advocating controversial legal reform to be popular. In fact, his opinions sometimes cost him business. None of this fazes him.

Travel made him this way. The tenets to which he now clings were developed over the years, in close commune with other people of the world. Now, he wants the same for others. This fall, his book Travel as a Political Act won the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Travel Book of the Year award. It is a book not about fun in the sun, or where to find a budget room in Budapest, but rather one that encourages Americans to broaden their perspectives through travel.

Steves, who went to college intending to spend his life teaching piano, became a travel guru by accident. After living out of a backpack in Europe during the summers, he’d return to campus and share his knowledge about budget travel with other students. Thus, a mogul was born.

By 1980 Steves had given up piano, was only teaching travel and had a first book— Europe Through the Backdoor . Thirty years later he’s the country’s most renowned travel expert, employs 80 people and has 30 books, a nationally broadcast TV show, a radio show and a life he calls fun.

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Rick Steves goes wine tasting in Italy.

And he enjoys the right to stand, rigidly, vocally, for what he believes.

“I like to embrace the truth,” he says. “If you’re successful and affluent and free, you should be able to embrace the truth without regard to how it affects your business.”

Take the peace flag he flew outside his building a few years back, which prompted a passer-by to say, “I bet if you knew how much that peace flag was costing your bottom line, you wouldn’t have put it up.”

Steves was horrified. “I can support a cause even if it’s bad for my business, because I’m a success. That’s a different outlook. That’s the truth. That’s enlightened. I’m thankful for that.”

Peace isn’t the only value Steves is flying. He’s also a member of NORML and an advocate for U.S. drug policy reform.

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Rick Steves rides a train in the Alps.

Why does he advocate on behalf of reforming marijuana laws?

“There are a lot of good causes anyone can speak out for—MS or breast cancer—and that will be applauded, but I can speak out for drug policy issues, which I think are very important, and others cannot, so it’s best for me to speak out in an area where others cannot speak out,” he says.

“I know a lot of people who smoke a little pot now and then. Should you lock them up? No. Poor and black people get locked up, not rich white people.”

Which lies at the heart of his determination to legalize marijuana. Aware that both the use and criminalization of drugs pose a great risk to the black community, he wants a drug policy that removes criminalization from the issue, so that society can deal with the health and social issues that result from drug use.

“The irony is, there’s not a reservoir of people wishing they could ruin their lives if only it [pot] were legal,” says Steves. He says nearly everyone who wants to smoke does. “I’m not pro-drugs. Drugs are bad. It’s smart drug policy. We’ve got to minimize harm.”

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Steves at a cheese shop in London.

And how has this very vocal stance affected Steves’ business? Not at all, he says. Then, he pauses and reflects: “Actually, I did just have someone boycott our tours. All I can think, when someone says, ‘We’re never going to take your tours again,’ is that Europe will be more fun without them.”

Homelessness is another social issue Steves tackles when he’s not taking on Europe. Every year the budget-travel guru loses the taxable interest on a $1.5 million, 25-unit apartment complex in Lynnwood that he purchased in 2005 and turned over to the YWCA to provide transitional housing to homeless women and their children. In return, Steves goes to bed each night knowing that 25 women who have hit hard times have a good roof over their heads.

Not only does the avowed capitalist think it’s a good thing to do with his money, he knows what it’s like to need an affordable room. It’s what he spends 120 nights each year scouring Europe for.

“Letting a few people move out of their cars and into someplace stable isn’t going to undercut capitalism, it’s good for capitalism,” says Steves. “I’ve learned, even if you’re motivated only by greed, if you know what’s good for you, you don’t want to be filthy rich in a desperately poor world.”

Social reform as a way of life: a belief foreign to Steves before world travel. That’s why he’s teaching other people to travel.

“I used to think you can travel because the cheese is good. But no, you can travel also because you can broaden your perspective and bring it home, and the rest of the world can be your friend.”

Julie H. Case is the managing editor of Columns.

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If you want to plan a trip to Europe, then Rick Steves is your go-to guide. There’s no shortage of ways to learn about his travel tips—from guidebooks to television shows to podcasts… well, you get the idea.

Who is Rick Steves?

Even though Steves is now the expert on European travel with a multimillion dollar company , he didn’t start out in the travel business. 

“I was a piano teacher,” he says. His piano students weren’t interested in taking lessons during the summer, so he decided to use that time to go to Europe. “I was just traveling, making mistakes and then [becoming] aware of other people who were making the same mistakes that I made.” 

Steves wanted to help people have successful vacations , so he began using the piano recital room as a makeshift lecture hall, inviting everyone he knew who was interested in learning more about travel to attend. “They could learn from my mistakes and have a better trip, and I would have a good excuse to go back to Europe and update my material,” he explains. “I started realizing that people really want this information about travel.”

He eventually reached a crossroads. “‘Am I going to be a teacher or am I going to be a travel writer?’” he recalls asking himself. “I think I made the right choice to be a travel writer, as much as I miss my piano teaching.”

From Rick Steves’ books to TV series

Steves’ first step was creating a book using the material from his lectures. “That was my first book— Europe Through The Back Door —in 1980,” he says. “I bought 2,000 copies for about $2,000 and sold them on the back of my car.” The book—which Steves originally self-published—is still in print and currently in its 40 th edition. 

In the late ’80s, Steves was approached to do a television show for public television, which he filmed for 10 years before starting his own production company. 

This past October, Steves launched season 12 of his TV show, Rick Steves’ Europe, with a focus on European art. “For 20 years, I’ve dreamed of having an art [television] show,” he says. “And now we have this new six-hour series about European art.”

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This sentiment is core to Steves’ mission. “I really believe passionately in the value of travel ,” he says. “I just know that, for me, to make more money and buy more things is not going to make me happier. Our mission as a company is to equip and inspire Americans to venture beyond Orlando.” 

In this digital age, many guidebooks and travel publishers have gone out of business. Steves’ travel guide sales are still going strong, and he believes that’s due to his core belief of helping others have a successful trip. 

“We are sort of old fashioned in our quality standards for updating our guidebooks and our material. You know, nobody else is out there trying to visit every place and every book for every edition, but we are [doing that] in person,” he says. Steves’ team spends hundreds of days a year researching locations to keep each edition of every guidebook up-to-date.

Steves believes travel can broaden our minds—culturally and politically

When Steves isn’t working, he’s trying to make changes through advocacy groups that focus on three big goals: solving world hunger, reversing climate change and legalizing marijuana. His work with these groups is a direct result of his travel experiences. “You learn a lot about your home when you leave it and look at it from a distance. That’s one of the beauties of travel ,” he says. “I can see that we’re all struggling with many of the same challenges. And I can learn from a different society and a different culture, how they’re dealing with it.”

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He believes culture shock should be a traveler’s goal. “Culture shock is constructive. It’s growing pains to have a broadening perspective,” he says. 

He learned this himself with Europe’s recreational use of marijuana. “The Dutch and Portuguese stopped arresting pot smokers a long time ago,” he says, explaining that in most parts of Europe, a joint is about as exciting as a can of beer. Europeans smoke less marijuana per capita than in the United States, where, in many states, citizens can serve considerable jail time, he adds.

This discrepancy bewilders Steves, who notes that a poor person or a person of color can end up in jail or have a lifetime record with mild drug use. “In Europe, they’re not as quick to legislate morality as we are here in the United States,” he says. “Europe’s approach to these kinds of problems is called pragmatic harm reduction.”

Rick Steves’ tours fly carbon-neutral, too

Climate change is another issue that is important to Steves, who imposed a carbon tax on his own company. 

“I’m trying to set an example as an ethical business person in the travel industry,” he explains. “I believe in mitigation science: that if you spend $30 smartly, you mitigate the amount of carbon you create by flying from the United States to Europe and back.” In other words, every year, 30,000 people fly to Europe for a Rick Steves tour. He “taxes” his company $30 per person, rounds up and then donates that money to a variety of climate-smart nonprofits. Last year, those donations totaled one million dollars.

If you’re looking to break into the travel business, Steves suggests you find your niche. “I’ve got Europe—that’s a pretty big beat. I’ve got a friend who just does Morocco.” He explains your goal should be to try to help people travel better in a place you know and love. 

“And it’ll come back to you,” he says. “And pretty soon you’ll be the go-to person and be the ‘Rick Steves for Cuba,’ or whatever place that you specialize in.”

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Not My Job: Travel Guru Rick Steves Gets Quizzed On Steve Ricks

We look back on our visit to Seattle with travel guru Rick Steves who answers three questions about guys named Steve Ricks. Originally broadcast Sept. 20, 2014.

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If you’ve ever been browsing PBS during random afternoon hours or late at night, you might have come across an awkward khaki-pantsed northwesterner with a Minnesotan accent stumbling through basic phrases in Finnish whilst trying to buy a herring in Helsinki. This man is Rick Steves. His program is Rick Steves’ Europe , and to the elation of millions, it is now on Hulu .

This may sound like paltry news to some, but I take it as a sign of a fascinating monopoly on a very large tourism industry. Or at the very least, a sign of Rick Steves’ rapid rise to geek-chic popularity.

Rick Steves’ Europe is a travel program centered on a philosophy of traveling “through the back door.” Steves has traveled to Europe and beyond for 30 years, providing readers and audiences with something other than large tour groups, stuff-your-face cruises, and the out-of-reach extravagancies that you usually find on the nostalgically opulent Travel Channel.

Steves’ philosophy is that “globe-trotting destroys ethnocentricity,” and he makes no bones about it: his efforts in educating you as a traveler are intended not only to give you a better travel experience, but also to build a better reputation for the U.S. in the minds of the rest of the world.

It is this philosophy that has popularized Rick Steves – not his glitzy production value (there isn’t any), nor his jaw-dropping excursions (he’s never been on one), and definitely not his fashionable appearance (he wears the same thing for his entire trip: khaki pants and a button-up short sleeve shirt, usually with a very plain backpack slung over one shoulder).

No, Rick Steves has built an empire on being awkward. Or rather, he has built an empire on being okay with being awkward, especially in foreign countries.

Why is all of this important? Because his guidebooks often sell out to preorders before making it to the shelves. His is by far the best-selling travel guidebook in America.

This is saying something. A few years ago, it seemed like the best options for traversing Europe were to a) backpack it, staying in grimy hostiles, showing up in places where you had little idea of how to see the sites, or b) join a massive tour group.

For those wanting to take a European vacation that was thrifty and adventurous, yet broadened your cultural horizons, there were few books or television shows that could show you the way.

If you purchased your standard travel guide, it came along with a healthy speculation of what was being recommended, always making you wonder if someone was getting a kickback at your expense. But Steves’ has eliminated this concern. He has no endorsements, and he declines the extravagant event invitations offered to him by tourism boards. He is interested in traveling as most people must travel: on a strict budget. As he states in his philosophy:

“In many ways, spending more money only builds a thicker wall between you and what you came to see. Europe is a cultural carnival, and, time after time, you’ll find that its best acts are free and the best seats are the cheap ones. A tight budget forces you to travel close to the ground, meeting and communicating with the people, not relying on service with a purchased smile… Simply enjoy the local-style alternatives to expensive hotels and restaurants.”

Steves encourages lodging with the grandma who happens to have a spare room and plenty of fresh scones as opposed to the lavish hotel with a bellboy who is eager for his tip. And he tells you where that grandma lives and gives you her phone number.

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Instead of leaving you to pay for guided tours that might inevitably end in various gift shops, Rick Steves provides informational tours for you via downloadable MP3s . In Rome, for example, he has designed a “night walk” that includes large amounts of history and the best gelato places in town.

Steves has written an excellent book called Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler to give you a wider perspective before diving into the overwhelming amount of history you can encounter in Europe.

He emphasizes the art of picnicking in France to save money, and lets you know the name of the bartender at a hidden pub/bicycle shop in Ireland.

As evidenced by a number of awkward exchanges on his TV show, all of this comes at Rick’s expense, as he puts himself out there. He knows that to reap to biggest benefits from traveling, you must “become a temporary local,” and that often means going outside your comfort zone. But he emphasizes doing this with a polite yet curious attitude, not a snooping loud one.

What is remarkable is that Rick knows one language: English. After 30 years of traveling around Europe, he has made a point of learning how to creatively communicate with locals for the sake of his audience.

So, what does all of Steves’ awkward fame mean? It seems backward to equate a lack of coolness to a better cultural perspective, but then again, that might not be so far off the mark. Steves is transforming what it means to have a good vacation. He values cultural engagement more than comfortable hotels. He values history and education more than making the funniest face next to the Buckingham Palace Guard. He makes the Ugly American a nerd.

Steves’ philosophy is restoring a spirit of courtesy and politeness to what has become the image of American tourists: generally, a bully. He humanizes that which is foreign through a willingness to be uncomfortable. He’s endlessly curious about what shaped him, about his cultural roots.

What he has done with his books and programs is taken these values, very wisely assumed that they mattered to millions of other Americans, and monopolized a portion of the travel industry through the application of this very hopeful philosophy.

His approach intelligently upholds a respect for the truest desire of his audience: to understand themselves and others more fully by traveling. He has created a wiser consumer by assuming that his audience values being culturally savvy. In my mind, that makes good business sense.

Steves’ competitors are surely taking notice of his uncomfortable savoir-faire . Let’s see if the rest of the travel industry is willing to get a little awkward along with him.

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Rick Steves Net Worth: The Fortune Behind the Travel Guru


Rick Steves’ net worth is pegged at $15 million in 2024. The American travel guru earned a lion’s share of his fortune from his travel and tour business, television shows, radio programs, book sales, mobile applications, and more.

Steves started his travel and tour business during his days as a student at the University of Washington, and after graduation, he went on to build what is today regarded as one of the most successful travel and tour companies. It was thanks to his interest in tourism around the globe that he wrote over 30 books on traveling and created his TV and radio shows.

Rick Steves’ Net Worth is in Excess of $15 Million

Rick Steves’ net worth is $15 million as of 2024, which is quite huge considering the fact that he started from scratch as a university student. The exact amount Rick earns as an annual salary has never been mentioned in the public space, but it has been speculated to be quite huge. The travel and tours guru paid his dues through the years as he gradually climbed up the financial ladder.

The Milestones that Contributed to Rick Steves’s Net Worth

Rick Steves is one of the richest travel gurus today, thanks to the milestones he recorded on his way up the financial ladder. While he was attending the University of Washington, the Barstow, California native was dreaming of spending his adult life as a piano teacher – a career path that rubbed off on him from his dad, who ran a piano shop in California.

However, his views changed as he started embarking on lone traveling adventures from the age of 18, especially during the summer holidays, and it was usually on budget travel. Steves would normally live out of a backpack while exploring different parts of Europe, and on his return to campus, he would share the knowledge he acquired with friends and other students in the university, and that marked the birth of a travel mogul.

By 1980, Rick Steves gave the piano the back seat in his career pursuit, and it didn’t take long before he finally gave it all up. Instead of teaching piano, he found himself teaching travel. Going forward, other things naturally followed, like writing travel books, launching shows on television, launching radio shows, writing for newspaper publications, and a whole lot more.

This is the story that led up to the man known as one of America’s most renowned travel experts with over 80 employees under his belt. Talking about how far he has come in life, Rick Steves described himself as a man of truth. According to the travel tycoon, he enjoys the right to always stand vocally and rigidly for the truth and what he believes in. In his speech, the Californian native enjoined those who are affluent and free to also embrace truth at all times without minding how it will affect their business.

Breaking Down Rick Steves’ Net Worth and Major Revenue Streams

Rick is one American travel mogul who has done a great job of diversifying his income sources. Though he started in the travel and tours business, the University of Washington alum soon diversified into other fields.

Today, Rick Steves’ sources of income include

  • Travel and tours.
  • Radio programs and more

Steves Started Making Money During his Days as a Student

Rick Steves started earning income from his student days at the University of Washington. In his early 20s, the future multi-millionaire joined the league of travel classes teachers at The Experimental College – a non-credit classes program run by students of his college. He usually has time for his teaching jobs during the summer holidays but would go back to his studies once the vacation period is over.

Important to note that he was also experimenting with life as a piano teacher during this period, as that has always been his life ambition.

One year after Rick was done with acquiring his first degree from the University of Washington in 1979, he became an author. That was when the first edition of his travel guide, Europe Through the Back Door (ETBD), hit the book stand. The guidebook entrepreneur is quite distinct from other writers of his ilk as he combined his craft with a storefront business. He cited the store in his hometown, Edmonds, north of Seattle, where the head office is still located to date.

At the initial stage, the store served the purpose of both a piano teaching studio and a travel center until he decided to give up the piano.

How Tours, Merchandise, and More Contribute to Rick Steves’ Net Worth 

After he abandoned his piano dreams, Rick Steves continued holding travel classes at the shop, including slide show presentations and travel consulting. From time to time, he would organize a handful of group tours and update his books. At this stage in his travel and tours business, Rick wasn’t buoyant enough to provide his clientele with standard travel agency services such as ticket booking and the like.

In fact, he managed his scarce resources so well that when the time came to incorporate his business, he named it “Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door”.

After he started from scratch, the travel mogul gradually built his reputation as an expert in the travel and tours business, and with time, he built confidence in travelers all over Europe and America who leveraged his agency for most of their tours.

As more and more people use Rick’s company for their travel arrangements, it boasted his popularity and announced him to a wider audience. In addition to making him famous, it also goes to boost his bottom line.

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Rick Steves’ Earnings from Bestselling Guidebooks

As earlier mentioned, Steves penned his first publication, “Europe Through the Back Door” (ETBD), in 1979, one year after he completed his studies at the University of Washington. The book, which was self-published by Rick, came in the form of a general guide about traveling in Europe and was written based on his personal experience as an enthusiastic traveler.

After he became a first-time author, Rick Steves has gone on to publish a plethora of city and regional guides, country guidebooks, and phrasebooks. He has also co-authored books such as Europe 101: History and Art for Travelers. Rick’s guidebook to Italy went on to become the United States bestselling international guidebook.

Leveraging the anecdotal Postcards he gathered from his tours around Europe, Steves started a new genre of travel writing in 1999, recounting his favorite moments and memories from all the scenic spots he visited. The year 2009 was when he released the book titled Travel as a Political Act. The publication is a special guide on touring more thoughtfully. His North American audience is the main beneficiaries of his books as most of the stuff is directed at them.

So far, the prolific author has over 30 books and still counting, and he leverages Avalon Travel Publishing company to publish his work. Avalon is a subsidiary of Perseus Books Group.

The portion of his $15 million fortune that accrues through book sales is not specified, but reportedly, it forms a lion’s share of the travel guru’s bank balance.

Television and its Role in Boosting Rick Steves’ Net Worth

Television is also listed among Rick Steves’ major income sources. In April 1991, the travel guru launched his debut TV show entitled Travels in Europe with Rick Steves, which was aired on public TV stations. The program had its full run in seven years and wrapped up production in 1998.

A couple of years down the line, in September 2000, the University of Washington alum hatched his second show on television called Rick Steves’ Europe. The program aired for 11 seasons till 2020, though it wasn’t consistent in producing every year.

Through his TV shows and publications, Steves reaches out to Americans, encouraging them to become what he described as “temporary locals.” What this means is that travelers shouldn’t just touch down in major cities and go back home. They should make time to go off popular tourist routes and go into the hinterland to cozy villages.

Together with his European escorted bus tours, mobile applications, radio shows, and guidebooks, Steves’s TV shows attract a fanbase known as “Rickniks”.

Today, Rick Steves’ is viewed as one of public TV’s top pledge drive hosts and has raked in millions of dollars from stations across the United States. His programs are written and co-produced by him, and he leverages his production firm, Back Door Productions, in creating his shows.

Highlighting Lesser-Known Avenues That Have Augmented Rick Steves’ Net Worth Over The Years

Apart from his travel and tours business, guidebook, and TV shows, Rick also launched other viable income avenues that have been feathering his nest over the decades. This includes his foray into radio, mobile apps, newspapers, and more.

He Functions as a Radio Host 

The year 2005 was when the American businessman launched Travel with Rick Steves – a weekly radio program that revolves around world travel with an emphasis on North America and Europe. Each of his programs comes with an interview session with a guest travel expert followed by call-ins from the listening audience with questions, suggestions, and comments.

Rick Steves is a Columnist 

Very few people know that Steves also functions as a columnist for the print media. The American travel guru finds enough time in his tight schedule to contribute quality content to Tribune under the Tribune Content Agency column. His job as a syndicated newspaper columnist started as far back as 2006 and is still ongoing.

Steves is Neck Deep into Politics

Steve is a diehard politician and has been supporting the Democrats for years. In addition to his unflinching support for the political party, the University of Washington alum has served in many capacities in the political arena. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws enjoys his services as an Advisory Board member, and in 2021, he became the organization’s board chairman.

He is associated with Initiative 502, targeted at legalizing tax and regulating cannabis business in Washington. When the ACLU sponsored the educational program tagged Marijuana: It’s Time for a Conversation, Steve was chosen to be the host. The program later became an Emmy nominee.

Rick Steves is also a Businessman

Rick Steves became a businessman when he launched his production company called Back Door Productions. The firm has proved to be a successful venture and is responsible for producing all his shows on both television and radio. It also takes on production jobs for others.

Steves has a Functional Mobile App

The mobile application, “Rick Steves Audio Europe,” belongs to the American travel guru and he launched it in 2010. The purpose of the App is to provide prospective travelers with the compiled version of Steves’ self-guided tours throughout Europe.

Also included in the mobile App are cultural insights and travel tips, which are very useful for travelers. The app has been in existence for over 13 years and has received very high ratings.

iOS and Android can download it for use through the Play Store. Reportedly, hundreds of thousands of users have downloaded this App, and all these translate to huge income for Rick.

Charitable Endeavors and Causes Supported By Rick Steves Using His Amassed Wealth

Rick Steves has proved that he has the milk of human kindness running through his veins by supporting multiple charitable courses in the United States. Notable among the travel guru’s acts of kindness is the helping hand he lent to homeless women and children all over the United States.

In a bid to support solutions to homelessness, Steve built a Lynnwood, Washington-based 24-unit apartment complex in 2005. The dwelling which he dubbed Trinity Place, was handed over to the local YWCA, which has been functioning as its administrator.

The purpose of Trinity Place was to provide homeless mothers and kids with transitional housing until they were able to get settled.

The Edmonds Noontime Rotary Club assists Steve in maintaining both the grounds and the buildings, providing all kinds of housing stuff, from flowers to furniture. The club also donated the sum of $30,000 that was leveraged in building a children’s play structure.

According to Rick Steves, building and donating the apartments to the YWCA was therapeutic to him as he understands what it feels like to be in need of an affordable room. Rick said he now sleeps each night knowing that his effort has provided 25 women who have experienced untold hardship a roof over their heads.

Speaking in an interview session, the American travel guru said that letting some underprivileged people out of their vehicles into stable homes won’t undercut capitalism but would be rather good for business. Talking further, Rick said nobody would love to be stupendously rich in a world that is desperately poor, even those who are solely motivated by greed.

Another charitable organization that gains from Rick Steves’ massive wealth is Bread for the World. The group is a movement to end hunger and has been getting royalties from one of the author’s books.

In 2011, Cascade Symphony Orchestra and Edmonds Center for the Arts received the sum of $1 million from Rick, who is an arts supporter.

The American Civil Liberties Union was the beneficiary of Rick’s January 20, 2017 donations. The day was the inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump, and the businessman decided to match the total of all the purchases on his website for the day and use it as a donation to the organization. The total purchase for that day came to $42,962, and he eventually gave the ACLU $50,000.

After he acknowledged that travel is a proven source of environmental destruction in 2019, Rick pledged to donate the sum of $1 million a year in mitigation of the carbon emissions from the 30,000 annual travelers leveraging his tour program. This donation goes to a portfolio of environmental nonprofits that is not mentioned.

Comparing Rick Steves’ Net Worth to Other Travel Industry Giants

The travel and tour industry has churned out some of the richest people in the world, and compared to Rick Steves’ fortune, these categories of travel gurus are quite big. Below is a list of the top 10.



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Rick Steves: The Travel Guru 

Rick Steves, an accomplished American travel writer and television personality, has established himself as a prominent figure in European travel, captivating the hearts of millions of Americans. He was born on May 10, 1955, in Edmonds, Washington, and has since transformed his enthusiasm for Europe into a flourishing career, inspiring and empowering U.S. travelers to delve into diverse cultures. This blog post delves into his fascinating life, rise to the pinnacle of travel media, and remarkable net worth.

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Rick Steves - Icon of European Travel

Early Life and Passion for Travel

Rick Steves nurtured his love for travel at a young age. His parents owned a piano import business, exposing him to various aspects of European culture. He first traveled to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a trip that opened his eyes to the broader world.

Steve’s passion for travel was further fueled during his college years at the University of Washington, where he studied European history and business. He began teaching travel classes through the Experimental College, a student-run program, sharing his tips and insights on European budget travel. These classes led to the publication of his first travel guide, “Europe Through the Back Door,” in 1980, which has since been updated annually.

Building a Travel Empire

From his modest beginnings, Rick Steves has built a travel empire. His company, Rick Steves’ Europe, located in his hometown of Edmonds, offers guidebooks, a travel series on public television, a public radio travel show, and a popular website. Additionally, his company organizes small-group tours to Europe, emphasizing his philosophy of “travel as a political act,” encouraging travelers to become “temporary locals.”

His television show, “Rick Steves’ Europe,” first aired in 2000 and quickly became a hit. The show features Steve traveling to various European destinations, sharing his extensive knowledge of the region’s history, art, and culture while providing practical travel advice. His approachable, knowledgeable persona has endeared him to a vast audience.

Philosophy and Advocacy

Rick Steves is a renowned travel expert widely recognized for his unwavering commitment to promoting thoughtful, inclusive, and sustainable travel practices. He emphasizes the importance of respecting local cultures and traditions while discouraging the cookie-cutter tourist experiences that often overshadow the true essence of a place. In addition to his extensive knowledge of the travel industry, Steves is known for his passionate activism on various social and political issues, including marijuana legalization and community engagement. His tireless efforts to raise awareness and inspire change have earned him a reputation as a trusted advocate and a respected voice in the travel community.

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Personal Life and Net Worth

Rick Steves’s personal life has been as seamless as his public persona. He was married to Anne Steves until their divorce in 2010, with whom he has two children, Andy and Jackie, who occasionally appear on his show.

As of 2024, Rick Steves’ net worth is around $100 million. His wealth stems from his television and radio shows and his popular travel guides and European tours. Despite his success, Steves is known for his modest lifestyle and significant charitable contributions, including a $4 million housing complex for homeless women and families in his hometown.

Rick Steves is an iconic figure. Whose impact on American travel to Europe cannot be overstated. As the author of numerous comprehensive travel guides. His expert advice and insights have helped countless travelers. Navigate the continent with ease. His engaging and charismatic presence on television has also played a significant role. In inspiring Americans to explore the wonders of Europe.

What sets Rick Steves apart is not just his expertise. Also his deep commitment to using travel to foster global understanding and connectivity. He believes that travel can broaden our perspectives. Break down barriers, and promote peace and goodwill worldwide. His passion for improving the world through travel is genuinely inspiring. Also, his work in this field has earned him numerous accolades and awards.

Rick Steves’ journey to becoming a travel authority is also a testament to the power of hard work and determination. He started as a classroom instructor. Also, his love of travel eventually led him to create his own travel business. It has since grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise. Through his own experiences. He has shown that it is possible to turn your dreams into reality with dedication and perseverance.

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Despite his immense success. Rick Steves remains a humble and down-to-earth figure who is beloved by his fans and respected by his peers. As he continues to explore new destinations and share his insights with the world. He remains an influential advocate for global understanding and connectivity. Also a true inspiration to all who share his passion for travel.

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Is Rick Steves Gay? Unraveling the Mystery Behind the Travel Guru’s Personal Life

Rick Steves is more than just a travel guru; he’s an American travel writer, author, activist, and television personality. His philosophy on travel goes beyond the usual tourist spots, advocating for immersive experiences in local cultures. With an impressive collection of travel guides, starting with “Europe Through the Back Door,” Steves has become a household name in the travel world.

Despite his fame, Rick Steves keeps his personal life out of the limelight. However, rumors have swirled regarding his sexual orientation, prompting many to wonder if he is gay. Let’s explore this aspect of his life.

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Is Rick Steves Gay?

Is Rick Steves Gay?

No, Rick Steves is not gay. It’s crucial to respect individuals’ privacy regarding their sexual orientation, as it’s a deeply personal aspect of their lives. While there may be speculation or curiosity surrounding Rick’s orientation, he has chosen to keep this aspect of his life private.

Rick ‘s focus remains on sharing his wealth of travel knowledge and encouraging exploration beyond the usual tourist routes. Thus, instead of delving into his personal life, let’s appreciate his contributions to the world of travel and cultural understanding.

Is Rick Steves Married?

Is Rick Steves Gay?

Currently, Rick Steves is not married. However, he was previously married to Anne Steves until their divorce in 2010. The couple shares two children, Andy and Jackie.

During his marriage to Anne, there were no questions about Rick’s sexual orientation. Their separation marked a transition in his personal life, leading him to choose to live independently. Despite the end of their marriage, Rick Steves maintains a deep love and respect for Anne.

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In the world of travel, Rick Steves is a beacon of exploration and cultural immersion. While many are curious about his personal life, particularly regarding his sexual orientation and marital status, Rick remains private about these matters. As he continues to inspire travelers worldwide with his insights and experiences, his personal life remains his own, separate from his professional endeavors. Ultimately, Rick Steves’ impact transcends his personal life, leaving a lasting legacy in the realm of travel and cultural exchange.

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Flying Fox is a motor yacht with an overall length of m. The yacht's builder is Lürssen Yachts from Germany, who launched Flying Fox in 2019. The superyacht has a beam of m, a draught of m and a volume of . GT.. Flying Fox features exterior design by Espen Øino International and interior design by Mark Berryman Design Ltd. Up to 22 guests can be accommodated on board the superyacht, Flying ...

By Editorial team 7 May 2019. It has been announced that the brand new Lurssen Superyacht FLYING FOX will join the Charter Fleet . At 136m (446.19ft) she will become the World's Largest Yacht ever officially marketed for Charter. One of this year's most sensational new yacht launches, FLYING FOX is destined to become its most exciting charter ...

Flying Fox, the 136-meter Lurssen superyacht is ready to set new standards for what's possible to get on charters. 14th largest yacht in the world, she was designed by Espen Oeino and Mark Berryman with Imperial overseeing the construction. The curved lines of the hull and an unusual shade of gray,...

The luxury motor yacht FLYING FOX was built by Lurssen and delivered to her owner in 2019. The exterior of FLYING FOX is designed by Espen Oeino. The 446ft / 136m FLYING FOX has been constructed with a steel hull and is powered by 2X MTU diesel with a cruising speed of 17 knots and a top speed of 20 knots. Charter guest accommodation

M/Y Flying Fox is a 136m Lurssen luxury megayacht available for charter. With a total of 11 cabins (8 double, 3 twin), she can charter up to 22 guests with a crew of 55. ... Flying Fox is not merely a charter yacht; it is the embodiment of the ultimate experience, where every dream is catered for and the thrill of adventure beckons. ...

By Katia Damborsky 5 July 2019. Delivered earlier this year, the 136m/446ft motor yacht 'Flying Fox' made plenty of waves when she joined the international charter fleet. Now, you can take a sneak peak inside the world's largest charter yacht. With elegant and sinuous exteriors from Espen Oeino and quality German craftsmanship by Lurssen ...

Flying Fox Type. Motor Model. Custom Sub Type - Year. 2019 Flag - MCA - Class - Hull NB - Hull Colour - Builders Builder ... Yacht Builder Lurssen Yachts View profile . Naval Architect Lurssen Yachts View profile . Exterior Designer Espen Oeino View profile . Interior Designers ...

Flying Fox: On board the world's most expensive charter yacht that will set you back €3M a week. Power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z have been spotted on board the world's largest yacht available for charter, Flying Fox after missing the Met Gala 2021. BOAT takes a tour of the largest and most expensive charter yacht in the world.

Flying Fox Yacht: The Flying Fox is the name given to the world's largest charter superyacht. This enormous charter vessel is 466 feet in length and close to 74 feet in width. Her curvy and extraordinary exterior is designed by EspenØino; an expert and award-winning designer. Referred to as the modern definition of a tailor-made and ...

Here are a selection of yachts which are similar to the current charter yacht. To view all similar luxury charter yachts click on the button below. Interactive, detailed layout / general arrangement of FLYING FOX, the 136m Lurssen Yachts mega yacht with naval architecture by Lurssen Yachts with an interior by Mark Berryman.

This list of motor yachts by length, is a table of the world's longest active superyachts, with an overall length of at least 75 metres (246 ft) and up.. These boats are also known as "megayachts", "gigayachts" and even "terayachts", usually depending on length. It has been generally accepted by naval architects and industry executives that superyachts range from 37 m (≈120 ft) to 60 m (≈ ...

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