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Rick Steves Returns to the Road with ‘Europe Awaits’ – Learn More About His Wiki, Gay Rumors, Family, and Children

Rick Steves has a new show called ‘Europe Awaits,’ which he is taking on the road.

Quick Information

  • Date of Birth May 10, 1955
  • Age 66 Years, 9 Months
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Place Edmonds, Washinton, United States
  • Birth Name Richard Steves
  • Profession Writer, TV Personality
  • Career 1991-present
  • Relationship Status Single
  • Ex-Wife Anne Steves
  • Divorce/Split Yes
  • Gay Rumored
  • Net Worth $10 Million
  • Nominees Daytime Emmy(2010)
  • Ethnicity/Race White
  • Father Dick Steves
  • Mother June Erna Steves
  • Sister/s Jan Steves
  • College University of Washington
  • Height/ How Tall? 6 Feet (1.83 Meters)
  • Official Site ricksteves.com
  • Son/s Andy Steves
  • Daughter/s Jackie Steves
  • Siblings 1
  • Eye Color Blonde
  • Children/Kids

Rick Steves is best known for hosting Rick Steves’ Europe, a long-running travel documentary series on the PBS network. He also presents the Rick Steves Travel Show on public radio and has written a number of travel guides.
Steves has spent his entire life immersed in the world of travel. His two adult children have even followed in his footsteps.

Continue reading to learn more about the travel guru’s personal life, including LGBT rumors, divorce, children, and his professional job!

Following his divorce from his wife, gay rumors began to circulate

Anne Steves, a Barstow native, was his wife. In 2010, he divorced his wife.

Rick and his wife have two grown children: Andy Steves, a boy, and Jackie Steves, a daughter.

Before divorce: Rick Steves with wife and children (Photo: Pinterest)

After his marriage failed, suspicions about his sexuality began to circulate.

When he talked about gay travel in Europe on his Facebook page in March 2017, it reinforced the allegations.

However, based solely on his professional efforts, it would be unfair to conclude that he is gay. He is, after all, the proud father of two grown children.

Rick Steves’ Kids are Following in His Steps

Andy, Rick’s son, grew up traveling over Europe with his family. He watched as his father updated guidebooks, produced TV shows, and planned excursions.

It’s no surprise that Andy followed in his father’s footsteps and shared his father’s passion for travel.

He is now the creator of Weekend Student Adventures Europe, a travel firm. Andy Steves’ Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget” is the title of a book he published on his travel experiences.

He also hosts a podcast in which he interviews close foreign friends who are also travel entrepreneurs.

Rick’s daughter Jackie, on the other hand, prefers to travel throughout the world.

Traveling has been a source of income for me since I was a child

From a young age, Steves had a strong desire to travel. He even taught travel courses at the University of Washington in a student-run non-credit program.

In 1980, he advanced his career by publishing Europe Through the Back Door, a general travel guide for Europe. In Edmonds, Washington, he then created a store that offered piano lessons as well as a travel center.

From 1991 through 1998, the travel expert hosted his first television show, Rick Steves’ Travels in Europe. Rick Steves’ Europe, which debuted in 2000 and is now well-known, was his second show. In late 2020, the show completed its eleventh season.

Rick Steves’ weekly public radio show, Travel with Rick Steves, debuted in 2005 and is still going strong.

He also wrote several travel guides, including Europe 101: History and Art for Travelers and Travel as a Political Act.

Aside from writing novels, Steves owns a travel website that offers affordable European vacations for families.

On his website, he puts together excursions that include small groups, excellent guides, central hotels, sightseeing, and lifelong experiences. He also provides trip essentials including planning maps, travel bags, and guidebooks.

Fans Are Encouraged To Travel More

While turning on a Rick Steves’ television program on PBS can be weirdly soothing, Rick has found a method to force people out of their comfort zones.

His book, Travel as a Political Act, now in its third edition, encourages individuals, particularly Americans, to go beyond tourist attractions and engage with the people they meet.

“The fact is there’s nothing like actually getting on an airplane and flying somewhere and hanging out with people who see things differently than you do. It really knocks your ethnocentrism for a loop.”

He even disclosed that many Americans spent their vacations at Disney theme parks or in Las Vegas. Then he urged his followers to whet their hunger for reality.

After admitting that Americans have the shortest vacations in the world, Steves closed the conversation by advising them to make the most of their time.

‘Europe Awaits,’ by Rick Steves

Unfortunately, because to COVID, Steves had to take a break from his shows. Being the wandering guy that he is, that is a difficult feat in and of itself.

However, he was back on the air with his new show Rick Steves Europe Awaits shortly after the mass immunization programs.

When questioned about the new program in a June 9, 2021 interview with Vacation + Leisure, Steves claimed it was a selection of European destinations that he thought would be ideal for post-COVID travel.

“Places that take us off the usual route, where we can connect with people, traditional lives, and delicious food without having to deal with the crowds that were devastating before COVID,” he continued.

We congratulate him on his new show and wish him the best of luck.

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