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Travel expert Rick Steves gives advice on ‘traveling thoughtfully’

The prolific author and TV and radio host will speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Powell Hall.
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The prolific author and TV and radio host will speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Powell Hall.

With more than 50 guidebooks to his name, Rick Steves is a go-to authority on international travel – particularly when it comes to Europe. But whether one’s destination is Italy or India, his main piece of advice is to travel thoughtfully.

“You just have to decide,” Steves said in a St. Louis on the Air interview just prior to his Feb. 20 visit to the Gateway City as part of the St. Louis Speakers Series. “Do you want to lie on the beach with a bunch of other Americans, or do you want to actually get out into the local culture and check things out?”

Traveling is much more than a getaway from everyday life in Steves’ view. It’s about broadening one’s perspective on the world, he said, and learning from other humans who may lead very different lives but also have much in common with Americans.

Listen to Steves’ full conversation with producer Evie Hemphill:

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What: “Travel as a Political Act
When: 8 p.m. Feb. 20, 2018
Where: Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103

St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Mary EdwardsAlex HeuerEvie Hemphill and Lara Hamdan give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St. Louis region.

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Evie is a producer for "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.

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