Rick Steves Named His All-Time Favorite Country And It Isn't Even In Europe

Rick Steves Named His All-Time Favorite Country And It Isn’t Even In Europe

Rick Steves Named His All-Time Favorite Country And It Isn’t Even In Europe

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Rick Steves Named His All-Time Favorite Country And It Isn't Even In Europe

In an episode entitled “First Impressions of India,” broadcast on Steves’ radio show “Travel with Rick Steves,” Steves talked to guidebook writer Sarina Singh about traveling the country. He calls India “fragrant, mystifying, and challenging.” Steves’ love for the country is clear, though he recognizes that India can be confronting for first-time visitors. In this episode, there’s a wealth of advice about tapping into the culture that Steves loves so much and dealing with feeling overwhelmed. 

One bonus of traveling in India is that English is widely spoken, so you should be able to converse with many people you meet. Singh recommends brushing up on your cricket knowledge. While not a popular sport in the U.S., cricket is beloved in India and being able to strike up a conversation on the topic will give you an “in” with many. Another excellent way to immerse yourself in India is by enjoying the cuisine. Steves recommends going vegetarian and eating with your hands, as both practices are common in India.

Finally, if you need an escape from India, Steves and Singh have some tips and tricks. One is to find a five-star hotel and sit in the lobby, whether you’re a guest or not. Steves also recommends slipping into a movie theater and enjoying one of Bollywood’s finest. The theater will be air-conditioned, and it’s a great way to enjoy another aspect of Indian culture.

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