American television personality and travel writer Rick Steves was once a married man. However, he is not distressed by his unavailing married life and has a reason to smile.

The Barstow native is best known as a host of a long-running travel documentary series, Rick Steves' Europe, which airs on PBS network. He also hosts a public radio travel show called Travel with Rick Steves and has authored numerous travel guides.

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The European travel expert was born on 10 May 1955 and grew up in Barstow, California along with his family. He received graduation from the University of Washington.

Rick is also active in politics and identifies himself as a member of the Democratic Party. He publicly supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election campaign.

Rick Steves's Career As Travelling Guide

Rick's showed his passion for travelings in his early age as he used to teach travel classes through a student-run program of non-credit courses at the University of Washington. 

He stepped up his career by publishing a general traveling guide for Europe named Europe Through the Back Door in 1980. He also opened a store that teaches piano classes and a travel center in Edmonds, Washington.

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Rick started his first television show, Travels in Europe with Rick Steves, which aired from 1991 to 1998. Rick Steves' Europe, was his second show which was debuted in 2000. The show has reached its ninth season till date. His weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves first aired in 2005.

He has published various guidebooks such as Europe 101: History and Art for Travelers, and Travel as a Political Act. He spends most of his time in Europe researching guidebooks and filming his television shows.

Similarly, he runs the traveling website, which comprises of the European vacation for the family at the reasonable prices. In the website, her ensembles all his tours to include small groups, great guides, central hotels, all sightseeing, and memories to last a lifetime. Moreover, he also sells traveling accessories online such as planning maps, travel bags, and guidebooks.

Rick Talked On How Traveling Has Become Vague

While viewers find something oddly comforting about turning on a Rick Steves television special on PBS, Rick has transpired a way to push them out of their comfort zone.

His book, 'Travel as a Political Act' which has been revised and published in a third edition, encourages people, especially Americans to jump beyond tourist attractions and engage with people they meet. That makes them understand how they are different in one way and similar in many ways.

The fact is there's nothing like actually getting on an airplane and flying somewhere and hanging out with people who see things differently than you do. It really knocks your ethnocentrism for a loop. (-said by Rick Steves on | 4 November 2018)

He even revealed the fact that many Americans defaulted to Disney theme parks or Las Vegas for vacation every time and supported his thought on increasing the appetite for reality.

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Confessing that Americans had the shortest vacations in the rich world, Rick concluded the interview by suggesting the smart use of time as it is a limited resource.

Gay Rumors Arose After Separation With Wife, Anne Steves

Talking about his marital life, Rick has experienced a failure in his personal front as he and his wife could not make their union work.

He was married to Anne Steves, but their marital relationship did not last forever. The husband-wife duo separated in 2010. Rick and his wife share two grown-up children; son Andy and a daughter, Jackie Steves.

Because of his unsuccessful marriage, his fans professed him as a gay. The rumors got fueled when held a discussion on his Facebook page about gay travel in Europe in March 2017. However, it is inaccurate to assume him as a gay as he is a proud father of two grown-up children.

Despite the separation of their parents, the children do not hold any animosity towards them, and they follow the path of their father. As a proud father, Rick often demonstrates his love towards the children on his social sites.

Rick Steve's Children Follow In His Footsteps 

Rick's son, Andy grew up traveling with his family in Europe, tracking along with his father as he updated guidebooks, made TV shows and led tours.

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Andy has followed his father's footsteps and demonstrated the same interest as his father in traveling. He is the founder of his travel company, Weekend Student Adventures Europe. Further, he wrote a book comprising his traveling experiences, Andy Steves' Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget.

He also runs a podcast, interviewing a number of his close international friends collaborating with the fellow travel entrepreneurs.

Similarly, his daughter Jackie also prefers exploring various places in the world. In June 2018, Rick shared a picture of his children on his Twitter stating about their travel blog.

Like father like children: Rick promotes his children's travel blog in June 2015. (Photo: Rick Steves's Twitter)

After his ex-wife Anne, Rick has not been in a relationship with the new girlfriend so far. As of now, he is enjoying the remaining life with his children.