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Mary I


Chandler, AZ

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July 22, 2012

The Rick Steves Travel philosophy (called the "back door" travel philosophy) is for people who prefer packing light, who like small "mom and pop" hotels, and enjoy getting to know the local culture and people... Is that the type of travel you prefer?

When I was young, I stayed in many of the inexpensive hotels. Now it is hard to carry luggage up stairs. I don't need an expensive luxury hotel, but I now want it to be clean, centrally located and SAFE.

What places have you traveled, and where do you wish to travel in the future?

Since I retired in 2012, I have been to Russia, Paris, Panama Canal (Columbia & Costa Rica) Ireland, Peru, China, Mexico City and other Mexico cities and am headed to Greece this fall. In the past 40 years, I have been to 44 states and have made many trips to Europe, my favorite. I have a long bucket list of travel plans, some of it inspired by greatly discounted trips from reliable travel companies to which I get weekly specials from.

Did you travel independently, gone on a Rick Steves tour or used his guidebooks?,

When I was in my 20s, I went for 7 weeks with friends to Europe with the book Europe on $5 per day and a Eurail pass. Now that I am in my 60s, I prefer going on tours because it is easier, faster, less expensive, and I see so much more. If I am traveling in a specific city, I see that independently by using a good guild book. I always use guidebooks, and often take 2-3 books that I buy from Amazon. Rick Steves books are my favorite and Frommer guides for places that he doesn't cover. I always get DVDs from the library to preview before I go and plan from guidebooks. I used to live near Rick Steves travel office in Seattle and have heard him talk many times. The best advice he ever said was to travel with a NEW, current travel book. He emphasized that investing in a new book (usually $15 from Amazon) when you are taking a trip costing a couple thousand dollars is worth having to save time, money, and stress. I agree with that. His updated books come out in January.


Hello, as a Rick Steve's fan, I always use his travel books. Traveling is my favorite bucket list activity & I prefer land tours. I attend travel meetings to get trip ideas, learn travel tips, & be around like minded travelers.

What Mary I is saying about this Meetup Group

Everything that I hoped it would be. I met a group of my peers and enjoyed it.

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