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Mary I


Chandler, AZ

Member since:

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?

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

USA, Asia, Central and South America, and Europe.

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

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 guidebook. I always use guide books, 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 or watch youtube travel before I go and plan from guidebooks. The best advice Rick 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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