What's in Their Bag? Learning More from Rick Steves and Adventures with Sarah!

Rick Steves at Rick Steves' Travel Festival | OMventure.com

Last month, we had so much fun at Rick Steves' 2017 European Travels Report that, this month, we went to Rick Steves' Travel Festival.

Packing Light and Right

One of the many talented presenters at this event was Sarah Murdoch, a Rick Steves' tour guide.  She also authors Adventures with Sarah.

Sarah shared her preferences for packing light and right.  Strong and confident, I can understand why, as a tour guide, she would want to encourage everyone on her tour to pack only one bag and for that bag to be a carry-on.

I can only imagine what Sarah might have to go through if just one person on her tour were to have their bag lost by an airline.  I'm guessing it might cause her whole tour to be delayed in more than one way.

Since I travel a tad differently, my bag and contents are little different than Sarah's.  Yet if I were to take a group tour, or be on the move every few days to a new location, I'd definitely follow Sarah's advice to keep my bag as little as they come.

Take a look at what's in Sarah's bag!

Sarah says Rick Steves' bag is even lighter!

Sarah Murdoch of Adventures with Sarah | OMventure.com

Traveling with a Mobile Device

The kind Kevin Williams taught the audience a thing or two about how to travel internationally with a mobile device.  He generously walked everyone, very slowly, through the basic knowledge one needs to grasp in order to avoid hefty international communication charges.

We were some of the youngest in the audience and I'm not embarrassed to admit that I needed to walk slowly through a lesson like this.  Because I stopped paying close attention to technology a long time ago.

This means I've paid some heftier prices than I needed to, over the years, when using a phone internationally.  So if anyone else is attempting to improve their international telecommunication ways, here are more of Kevin's helpful travel tips on phones and technology.


For as much time as I've spent in Europe, I've neglected France.  Except for that one day I spent in Paris.

Well, we also drove through the beautiful French countryside, on the way to and from Paris, but I never felt like I had a grasp of France.

I certainly had no idea what I was eating that day.

I'd not conducted the most basic research on traveling to France, nor did I know any French.  I just showed up, starry-eyed.

It was clear nobody was going to speak English to me, even if they could.  And that's okay.

So, at the Rick Steves' Travel Festival, we attended the two-hour presentation on France.

Let's just say that I now think it would be important to spend a month in Paris and on the French Riviera (and not just because I'd love to be in Monaco for a bit =).

There Was So Much More!

There were so many more presentations at this event.  Each presentation was 1-2 hours in length.  Can you believe it?  It was a fantastic way to spend a rainy Saturday.   But I'm thinking Rick might have felt a little tired!

Here's a brief run-down of the travel topics covered in just one day...

—Europe Travel Skills

—Packing Light and Right



—Germany, Austria and Switzerland

—Ireland and Scotland


—Croatia and Slovenia


—Traveling with a Mobile Device


—Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary

I typically feel so solid about handling things independently that, until this last month, I've never attended events like this.  However, that mindset can also make things a tad difficult on oneself (after all, one can't always do or remember everything, all on their own).  So, how lovely to soak up experiences from others who love to do what you love to do!

And did I mention that this is just one of many free Rick Steves events?!