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Treat yourself to a picnic in a park with a view — and make friends with the locals while you eat. Photos by Rick Steves

Although we’ve had to postpone trips to Europe due to the pandemic, I believe an occasional dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. The following is about one of my favorite European activities — a tasty reminder of what’s waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

As a budget traveler, there’s no better experience than a picnic sourced from a local market and then eaten outdoors with a lively square, peaceful park or rejuvenated harborfront...

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The magnificent Havana Cathedral (La Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana) in Cathedral Square — Cuba. Photo by Randy Keck

When hatching the idea of asking readers to submit On-the-Road Travel Tips — which apply to anything that makes your travel experience work better for you while actually traveling — little did I realize that we would shortly be thrust into the reality of a pandemic. Hopefully, it won’t be long before conditions will have progressed toward normalization on most fronts, including travel. Meanwhile, we all have learned new lessons about the value of sharing experiences without...

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Hikers atop Valahnúkur in the Þórsmörk (“Thor’s Woods”) region are rewarded with 360-degree views.

Although we’ve had to postpone European trips because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of the places that’s waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

Iceland, with cinematic scenery showcasing nature in its rawest form, thrills outdoorsy travelers. Known for the midnight sun and northern lights, this fascinating island is equally famous for its magnificent glaciers and volcanoes.

Among the...

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The ancient temple Maison Carrée is a well-preserved testament to Nîmes’ former glory as a regional capital of the Roman Empire. (Rick Steves, Rick Steves' Europe/TNS)

Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European destinations--a reminder of what's waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

Most travelers to southern France’s Provence region will visit Arles and Avignon, but ignore nearby Nîmes. While those two towns have name recognition and greater touristic appeal, Nîmes (pronounced "neem...

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Even on the small island of Sicily, you'll find regional specialties, such as fish couscous and Busiate alla Trapanese, a twisty pasta with red pesto. (Carrie Shepherd, Rick Steves' Europe)

Although we've had to postpone European trips because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. I recall my visit to Sicily a couple of years ago as a parade of delightful meals, each filled with seasonal and local treats infused with the taste of this island's history.

While food may be an art form in Italy, it’s more like a religion in Sicily. Even if you know Italian food well, Sicilian cuisine will surprise you with its...

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Enjoy an edible scavenger hunt in the Mercado San Miguel, sampling authentic and affordable bites for a light meal. (Rick Steves, Rick Steves' Europe/TNS)

Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here's one of my favorite places — a reminder of what's waiting for us at the other end of this crisis.

The hub of Spain, Madrid is upbeat and vibrant — and a work in progress: Massive urban-improvement projects — new parks, pedestrianized streets, and revamped transit — are transforming the city. Fortunately, the...

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With its spectacular garden and harmonious architecture, château Vaux-le-Vicomte inspired King Louis XIV to build Versailles. (Rick Steves, Rick Steves’ Europe)

Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here are some of my favorite day trips from Paris—a reminder of what's waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

Paris can be intense, so for a break from its urban hustle and bustle I like to dip into the countryside for a day. There, a variety of appealing sights invite exploration, from châteaux and artistic gardens to...

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 533rd issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, keeping the celebration of travel going while we’re waiting for the coronavirus-imposed worldwide shutdown to be lifted.

Subscribers offered mixed reactions to our publishing the May issue online only, something which we could not avoid under the circumstances, as I explained last month. 

One subscriber wrote, “Yuk! Not happy.”

Another, “I don’...

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