TEDxRainier – Rick Steves: The Value of Travel




After spending 4 months a year for the last 30 years living out of a suitcase, Rick Steves reflects on the value of thoughtful travel. Sharing lessons learned from Iran to El Salvador and from India to Denmark, Steves tells why spending all that time and money away from home has broadened his perspective, enriched his life, and made it clear to him, as he says in his talk, “Fear is for people who don’t get out very much.”

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  1. RICK I'VE TRAVELED TO OVER 50 COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE AND LOVE YOUR SHOW. BUT THE FOUNDERS OF AMERICA WERE NOT A DIME A DOZEN. THEY WERE QUITE SINGULAR. OUR NATION IS NO LONGER RUNΒ BY SUCHΒ PATRIOT-NATIONALISTS, IT'S CONTROLED BY GLOBALISTS WHO HAVE AN AGENDA IN THE MIDDLE EAST. AMERICA IS THEIR "HESSIAN" STRONG ARM.

  2. Well, let's be honest, not all European countries are so pragmatic. Europeans are almost as different as Americans, and I don't mean citizens of the US, I mean people of all the countries in the Americas. We are talking about people of different ethnicity, culture, often religion (sure, mostly Christian, but what Christian – people have gone to wars over that) with a history that includes centuries of war and peace. For an Englishman, travelling to Finland, Romania, Malta and Spain can bring them in touch with cultures that as different to his own as any he might see in the US.

  3. Rick Steves and Anthony Bourdain have taught me an incredible amount about the love of travel and to open myself up to meeting people from cultures different than mine. I've had some of the greatest, most eye opening experiences you could imagine because of what I learned from them and I'll always be grateful.

  4. Wow …so simplistic and so addicting in the presentation yet so false. The fight has never been with the individuals but with the governments. Rick infers that living in Iran is the same as living in the USA- it isn't. Living in China is not equivalent to life in the USA. Talk to the children in all of those European countries that are segregated as teenagers due to their scores on tests…its mandatory there. Yes there is much to be learned by travel …but be wary of the soft sell of moral equivalence —they said the same thing about Mussolini and the trains and Hitler and employment …love Rick's shows but dont buy into all nations are equal . All people YES …all nations NOT!

  5. Iranian mobs take to the streets, burn American flags, and chant "death to America"…. I'm sure they're just frustrated though. This guy lost all credibility after that part about Iran…

  6. i got to say my travel dreams are just now coming into fruition and it does change you for the better within the year I've been to Europe 3 times and in August I'm going to Amsterdam, Barcelona, sitges, Madrid, stockholm, and berlin!!!

  7. About the Scandinavia example; I myself am from the Netherlands and we have the same practice here, my mother told me when I was 18: it's fine if you try weed but do it here at home in the garden instead of in some shop or alley (where you also might pick up wrong 'friends').
    The reason behind that is that we as youth have the freedom to try out new things but in a safe environment.
    The same happened to me with alcohol when I turned 16 (former legal drinking age in The Netherlands, now 18).

    What if I did smoke weed in an alley with guys I barely know, or bought a bottle of alcohol and drank it outside somewhere away from home as a first time, I would've become so drunk I wouldn't be able to find my way home and who knows what would've happened in those situations.

    Now I'm 27 years old I've smoked weed about 5 times in my life and have alcoholic beverages about once every 3 months; sure I might be the odd one out, but I like to believe that it is because it was not seen as a 'naughty thing'.
    Just like basic psychology, keeping something away from someone, makes them want it more.

    This was my own little TEDx Talks, thank you for reading.

TEDxRainier – Rick Steves: The Value of Travel

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