We are really pumping up our Great Britain guidebook coverage for 2016. As a matter of fact, while I'm enjoying research in the far south of England, Cameron Hewitt, co-author of many Rick Steves guidebooks, is working on our upcoming Scotland book.
Here's an example of the great lengths we're going to in order to get these guidebooks just right for your next trip: Just as I was enjoying Land's End, Britain's southernmost point, Cameron was exactly 874 miles to the north -- at the island's opposite extreme, John O'Groats.
While putting together our new Scotland book, Cameron is reporting on his travels with an engaging blog in our Travelers Café. He'd love to have you travel vicariously with him. In his latest post, Cameron describes the Highland games he attended on a soggy day in a Scottish village: "Taynuilt may have picked the wrong date for its annual celebration of Highland culture. Bone-chilling gusts of North Atlantic air swirl mist across the vibrant-green playing field... But then a delightful scene unfolds: Rural Scotland is putting on their show, rain or shine. Everyone's wearing their Wellies (rain boots). A traditionally clad family piles out of their minivan, and dad helps his young sons adjust their kilts. And then bagpipes begin droning from every corner of the field: The piper band is tuning up."
And there's more travel fun in our Travelers Café: Skyla Sorensen lets us stow away with her and her friend Gabby on their teenage train adventures through Europe. While in Kraków, Skyla recounts their sobering visit to the Oskar Schindler Factory Museum, where a Nazi became the unlikely savior of his Jewish factory workers during World War II.
And Jackie and Andy Steves, wrapping up their Southeast Asia adventure, share the wonders of Thailand by blog and video.