Podcast | Rick Steves on traveling in a reopened world

The travel expert shares his vision of globetrotting when the pandemic ends.

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People wait near the luggage area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

After a year of being homebound by a raging pandemic, Americans are traveling again. But while rising vaccination rates have normalized weekend trips to the coast or across borders to see family, traveling abroad is still an iffy proposition. 

Over the past few weeks, many countries have opened their borders to Americans and other foreign travelers, but there are restrictions in many places, requiring proof of vaccination or even a negative COVID-19 test.

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Meanwhile, in some other parts of the world, the pandemic continues to rage, and travelers are being advised to stay away. 

For this issue of the Crosscut Talks podcast, travel expert Rick Steves discusses how he plans to ease into post-pandemic travel, what he expects to find when he does and what lessons from the lockdown he will bring to his future adventures.


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