One of Rick's requirements for his tours is carry a small suitcase or backpack. I'll have to work on that one. I like to take a big bag so I can stuff souvenirs in it. It's also reassuring to know I have enough clothes for two outfits a day. One for day and one for evening attire when you go out to dinner. I'm not sure how that could be possible in a small bag. I guess you bring everything in black. Even if I don't agree on the small bag advice Rick was a very enjoyable speaker who has a passion for history. He said taking an art history class opened his eyes to culture in a new way. His guide books are filled with fascinating stories that make the place you visit so much more interesting. Rick Steves engages people because he is honest and wants everyone to have a terrific travel experience.
A highlight of the travel show was to see the cultural dancers move with joy. I think a wonderful travel tip is to take the time to stop and listen when something amazing is happening even if it isn't on
your schedule. You can feel it in your bones that what you are witnessing is full of energy and life.
Watching the dancers lift their dresses with the rhythm of the Spanish music reminded me of our trip to Spain last summer. All of a sudden there was a band marching in the streets of Granada. Sons were holding hands with their mothers as they got out of Mass. A statue of Mary was raised to the sky as a sign of respect and adoration. I cried it was so beautiful to watch the procession of people and life.
Enjoying great food is another travel tip people don't have a hard time following. A live cooking show was demonstrating how to cook exotic Polynesian food. In Spain a platter of assorted meats were cut from hanging hams.
Wedding Destinations is another important part of a travel show. My husband's brother got married on the balcony of their favorite hotel in Maui. It's sort of like eloping many years ago when you didn't want the hazzle of all the dos and don'ts of a marriage ceremony. We got married in the Methodist Church I was raised in. My parents eloped because my mom didn't want to deal with certain stresses of getting married. They were married over fifty years. I love Catholics want to get married in the church and the ceremony is beautiful.