Do you live in the greater Seattle area? If you do and you haven't been to one of Europe Through the Back Door's free travel festivals, you're missing out.
Mr. Rick Steves' flourishing European travel company, based in Edmonds, hosts free travel classes all year long that I can personally recommend very highly. But several times a year, ETBD turns the entire town into a giant travel planning party...and it's all free. It's an amazingly valuable resource. The employees of ETBD are people that help others travel simply for the love of it.
I love to go up there; the wanderlust energy is palpable! Besides, Old Edmonds is a perfectly quaint town; it all adds to the experience. But sign up soon; these classes fill up fast!
And don't just check out everything ETBD has to offer. Venture around the corner to The Savvy Traveler, as well.
I'm a 37-year old Seattle girl who was bitten by the travel bug on my first tour of Europe in 2004. This personal blog follows my attempts to visit as many countries as I can, as often as my budget will allow. Since starting this blog in 2007, I've also worked as a freelance copywriter for an online travel publication. This only served to add even more must-see locations to my already extended list.