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Author: Rick Steves Narrator: Rick Steves Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781478977155
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Change the world one trip at a time. In this illuminating collection of stories and lessons from the road, acclaimed travel writer Rick Steves shares a powerful message that resonates now more than ever.

With the world facing divisive and often frightening events, from Trump, Brexit, and Erdogan, to climate change, nativism, and populism, there’s never been a more important time to travel.

Rick believes the risks of travel are widely exaggerated, and that fear is for people who don’t get out much. After years of living out of a suitcase, he still marvels at how different cultures find different truths to be self-evident. By sharing his experiences from Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, Rick shows how we can learn more about own country by viewing it from afar.

With gripping stories from Rick’s decades of exploration, this fully revised edition of Travel as a Political Act is an antidote to the current climate of xenophobia. When we travel thoughtfully, we bring back the most beautiful souvenir of all: a broader perspective on the world that we all call home.

All royalties from the sale of Travel as a Political Act are donated to support the work of Bread for the World, a non-partisan organization working to end hunger at home and abroad.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Steves’ pleasant, down-to-earth delivery will be familiar to listeners who have watched his travel shows on PBS. He argues for travel’s importance in building relationships with people in places that are demonized or misrepresented by our media and overcoming fears fostered by these media messages…Valuable and timely in today’s contentious political climate. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Travel writer and television host Steves departs from the usual where-to-go and what-to-see of travel books and here concentrates on why people, especially Americans, should travel…As a nation, Americans don’t much travel abroad, and Steves challenges them, arguing for the importance of seeing things for oneself….Excellent for those who read deeply in travel or are considering an international trip.”

    Library Journal

  • “Rick Steves…has devoted his life to opening up the world to travelers with his practical tips.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune, praise for the author

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Rick Steves has spent about four months a year since 1973 exploring Europe. His mission is to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. He produces a bestselling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show and organizes small-group tours that take over 20,000 travelers to Europe annually. He does all of this with the help of a hardworking, well-traveled staff of 100 in Edmonds, Washington, near Seattle. When not on the road, he is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger.