The great value of travel is the opportunity it offers you to pry open your hometown blinders and broaden your perspective. And when we implement that world view as citizens of our great nation, we make travel a political act. Here are my top 10 tips for doing just that:
Rick Steves has been guiding Americans through Europe for so many years, it’s like an old friend leading us along the ancient cobbled streets. His book, “Travel as a Political Act” urges Americans to go beyond tourist attractions and dig deeper in their travels, to engage with the people we meet and understand what makes us different – and how we are the same.
Spokane got a taste of that humor Wednesday evening at the Bing Crosby Theater, where “Longmire” author Craig Johnson was featured as the most recent author of The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club.
Sometimes it can be hard to tell where author Craig Johnson ends and his signature creation, Sheriff Walt Longmire, begins. Both live in small-town, rural Wyoming, drive battered old trucks, wear big cowboy hats and are known for their decency and generosity of spirit.
Nov. 29: Travel author and TV host Rick Steves talks about “Travel as a Political Act” at the Bing Crosby Theater. 7 p.m. Get tickets.
Dec. 5: Top Chef meets the Instapot: An evening with Spokane chef Chad White and Laurel Randolph, author of “The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook.” Dorothy Dean joins this special event, too. Information and tickets coming soon.
Dec. 11: “A Year in the Fields,” by the staff of The Spokesman-Review. Get tickets.