Rick Steves' Europe
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What to know about Europe’s low-cost airlines
Rick Steves' Europe
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Tips on communicating in another country where you don’t speak the language
Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, December 2013 -- Page 60
If you need cheap street food in Britain, get take-out from a fish-and-chips shop such as this one in Pitlochry, Scotland. Photo by Dominic Bonuccelli
Eating on the cheap in expensive cities
Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, October 2013 -- Page 61
In Belgium, the qualities of each local beer are highlighted by using a particular type of glass. Photo by Rick Steves
Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Britain — meccas for beer lovers
Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, September 2013 -- Page 60
Smart travelers stay oriented, but in scenic cities such as Venice it’s fun to get lost. Photo by Dominic Bonuccelli

Whether tackling big cities or quaint villages in Europe, you don’t want to feel like a stranger in a strange land, even though that’s exactly what you are. Getting oriented is especially important in big cities, which, for many travelers, are the most intimidating part of a European trip.

First, have a good guidebook, whether print or digital, for wherever you’re traveling. There are guidebooks for everyone: shoppers, vegetarians, seniors, campers. . . even opera...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, August 2013 -- Page 60
Tempting plates in Spain’s tapas bars make it easy to sample new foods. Photo: Rick Steves
Eating well by seeking out local specialty foods and national dishes
Rick Steves' Europe
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Staying at a European bed-and-breakfast is a bit like having your own temporary mother while you travel. 

In the morning, your hostess might help plan your day, tipping you off to the best places for lunch and about the live folk music in the village pub that evening. She then sends you out the door with a smile, handing you an umbrella… just in case it rains. 

The best B&Bs ooze warmth and local color, making these some of my favorite accommodations in...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, June 2013 -- Page 61
Price, location and character are three things I look for when reserving a hotel in Europe. Photo: Gretchen Strauch
Spending less and having a richer experience