Travelers in the Pacific Northwest are well aware of how fortunate we are to have Europe Through the Back Door right around the corner. World-reknowned European cult travel guide Rick Steves is a local, and his travel center is a fabulous resource for us Seattlites. Many of us have attended multiple seminars there, we're well aware that Rick is far more entertaining in person, and we snicker when we see his son running around Ireland or Italy in sweatshirts that say "Edmonds" or "Seattle Mariners".
Many of us have been watching his son and daughter grow up on the air. I've spent many hours jealous of these well-traveled younger Steves. So when Rick's son, Andy, trekked through Europe sans father several years ago, I found his younger perspective entertaining and refreshing.
Now it's daughter Jackie's turn. She's just now starting her post high school graduation trip with nothing but a backpack and a good friend. I find her blog even more relate-able. Perhaps it's because she's more of a planner, like me. Perhaps it's because she's female. Whatever the reason, you can follow along with her, too.
Good luck, Jackie! And have fun!