Late last night, as I was furiously compiling the travel news for today’s newsletter (click here for the round-up), I came across a very interesting retweet from someone I follow. They were retweeting Kristen Cheeks, who is a writer for TV shows including Saturday Night Live. She tweeted: I’m not sure who needs to see this but Rick Steves is doing Zooms every Monday night where he drinks and watches his own travel videos with you. If I can help just one person by sharing this, I’ve done my job. https://t.co/DukBcfPzfF

As many people know, Rick Steves, is the author of a popular guidebook series and TV host for PBS. He’s also a big-time activist and encourages people to explore less-touristy areas of destinations and to become immersed in the local way of life.

I’ve been fortunate to have dinner with Rick many times and he’s invited me to be a guest on his radio show on NPR twice. He’s a really nice guy and is quite an interesting character so I’m happy to learn about his live Monday Night Travel parties for some virtual travel. He hosts two parties each Monday. The first one is at 6pm PT/9pm ET followed by one 90 minutes later at 7:30pm PT/10:30pm ET. However, his March shows are scheduled 30 minutes earlier at 5:30pmPT/8:30pmET and 7pmPT/10pmET.

It’s free to attend but you do need to register through Zoom and that still doesn’t guarantee admission because Zoom can only hold so many (I think 5,000) and these events appear to fill up quickly. So according to Rick’s website, your best bet is to join them on time or even be a bit early — and if you don’t make it into the first show, try again at the later one.

Rick Zooms from his living room and shares his personal, inspirational, and sometimes hilarious behind-the-scenes commentary, followed by a Q&A.

The next five Monday Night Travel dates and topics are:

FEB. 22: Insider’s Rome with Special Guest Francesca Caruso
MAR 1: Europe’s Top Musical Moments
MAR. 8: Great Italian Wine Experiences
MAR. 15: St. Patrick’s Ireland
MAR. 22: “Places to Love” with Special Guest Samantha Brown

I just registered for the March 22nd show with my friend Samantha Brown (you can read/listen/watch my interview with her here).

You can watch previous recordings of Rick’s Monday Night Travel here. 

Enjoy!

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