Wake Libraries Launch New Series Featuring Travel Expert Rick Steves

TV host Rick Steves smiles from a wicker lounge chair in a field, a map in his lap, mountains in the background
TV host and travel expert Rick Steves

Whether you’re an active traveler or an armchair adventurer, Wake County Public Libraries’ five-part Travel Smart series has inspiration and ideas for your next trip or tour (even if it’s only through the pages of a book!). The series kicks off with a virtual evening with travel authority and popular television host Rick Steves.

“Traveling connects us with new people and places, and it can help us better understand ourselves and others,” said Shinica Thomas, chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners. “This free series provides great opportunities for everyone from seasoned travelers to people who’ve just caught the travel bug.”

Adult Services librarians with Wake County Public Libraries created the Travel Smart series to help participants plan, pack, photograph and fly with ease. Registration is required, but there’s no cost for any of the events and all call be enjoyed from the comfort of your home or wherever you have a device.

A Virtual Evening with Rick Steves
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.
Rick Steves is a popular public television host, a best-selling guidebook author and an outspoken activist who encourages Americans to broaden their perspectives through travel. He is also the founder and owner of Rick Steves' Europe, a travel business with a tour program that brings more than 30,000 people to Europe annually.

Travel Through the Pages
Thursday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.
Travel the world from the comfort of your couch! Join your librarian tour guides, Cathy and Erin, as they take you on a whirlwind trip crisscrossing the globe. Discover book and podcast suggestions as well as travel blogs, virtual tours of museums, historical sites and more.

Travel Tips and Packing Smart with Elizabeth Caran
Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.
Confused about the current state of travel? Do you always overpack? Get travel and packing tips for the post-COVID era travel landscape with Elizabeth Caran, founder and owner of Outlander Travel and host of the travel podcast Fly Away.

Smartphone Travel Photography with Teresa Porter
Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.
The best camera to travel with might just be the one you already have in your pocket! Join photographer Teresa Porter, owner of My Friend Teresa Studios, as she shares travel photography tips to ensure you never miss a great shot.

Ask TSA with Mark Howell
Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.

Figuring out what to pack for a flight can be confusing. How much toothpaste can you actually bring in your carry-on? Mark Howell, Transportation Safety Administration regional spokesperson, will answer your security screening and PreCheck questions, along with a lighthearted show-and-tell of some of the interesting items found in luggage screening.

Learn more about these events and reserve your spot at guides.wakegov.com/travelsmart or by clicking the “Events” button on wake.gov/libraries and searching for “Travel.”

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