Why I (Do Not) Want to Be the Next Rick Steves: I Want To Be Me.
I've followed Rick around the vast museums of Paris & Florence on his excellent audio tours. I've wandered the back streets of Amsterdam and marveled at famous monuments in Rome with Rick's self-guided walking tours. His podcasts inspire me to keep dreaming when I'm at home and I've lugged his guidebooks —worth their weight in gold—around many, many European cities—though nowadays on a much lighter Kindle!
After all Rick & I have done together I almost feel like we're real friends.
Rick is into a lot of things I am—namely art, history, food, and soaking up that great European vibe like a local.
There's also a few things I'm into that Rick Steves doesn't cover—namely Pilgrimage and Long Walks/Hikes/Treks.
Rick Steves offers a Travel Consulting Service at his headquarters just north of Seattle. $75 gets you a half-hour phone consultation with one of his travel consultants, $25 for each additional 15 minutes.
I pick up where Rick leaves off in my own Pilgrimage Consulting services. If you are dreaming of a walking pilgrimage, a sabbatical, or just need to some help figuring out where to eat in Paris, I'm available for $80/hour.
I love, Love, LOVE connecting with pilgrims & travelers at whatever stage in the journey they're in!
And as much I love and admire Rick Steves, I don't really want to be Rick. I want to be me. Perhaps one day I'll end up looking a bit like the Rick Steves of Pilgrimage and Long Walks.
I could only hope for as much. Thanks Rick for all you've shown me!