No one wants to be stressed out when they’re on vacation.
But between budgeting your trip, staying on top of a tight itinerary, and trying to make the most of your experience when you finally arrive, it can often be hard for travelers to be fully invested.
If anyone knows how to deal with those feelings, it’s Rick Steves. The longtime guidebook writer and host of the travel show “Rick Steves’ Europe” has more than 40 years of travel experience under his belt, and his company has led 30,000 travelers on elaborate European vacations over the years.
Luckily, there are simple things you can do to make the most out of your trip, Steves told Business Insider, from packing as light as possible to eating family-style to maximize the amount of unique foods you try.
While some of his advice might put travelers out of their comfort zones, he said it’s worth it if it helps you see the world differently and celebrate other cultures.
“A lot of people don’t know the joy of travel until they do it,” Steves told Business Insider.
Here are 10 of Rick Steves’ best pieces of travel advice for those looking to save money, time, and stress on their next vacation.