NEW DATE: Cameron Hewitt — The Temporary European: Lessons and Confessions of a Professional Traveler

“Cameron’s thoughtful approach perfectly embodies what I hope will be a new ethos of mindful travel as the world opens up again. What better time to simply read, and dream, as a great traveler leads you through the joys of Europe?” —Rick Steves

Please note: this event was previously scheduled for Monday, June 27th at 7pm. 

Third Place Books welcomes Cameron Hewitt for a discussion of his collection of travel tales The Temporary European: Lessons and Confessions of a Professional Traveler. After years traveling and guiding with Rick Steves, Hewitt furnishes this collection with stories of adventures from Budapest to Sicily. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Copies of The Temporary European will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About The Temporary European. . .

The Temporary European is a collection of vivid, entertaining travel tales from across Europe. Cameron zips you into his backpack for engaging and inspiring experiences: sampling spleen sandwiches at a Palermo street market; hiking alone with the cows high in the Swiss Alps; simmering in Budapest’s thermal baths; trekking across an English moor to a stone circle; hand-rolling pasta at a Tuscan agriturismo; shivering through Highland games in a soggy Scottish village; and much more.

Along the way, Cameron introduces us to his favorite Europeans. In Mostar, Alma demonstrates how Bosnian coffee isn’t just a drink, but a social ritual. In France, Mathilde explains that the true mastery of a fromager isn’t making cheese, but aging it. In Spain, Fran proudly eats acorns, but never corn on the cob.

While personal, the stories also tap into the universal joy of travel. Cameron’s travel motto (inspired by a globetrotting auntie) is "Jams Are Fun"—the fondest memories arrive when your best-laid plans go sideways. And he encourages travelers to stow their phones and guidebooks, slow down, and savor those magic moments that arrive between stops on a busy itinerary.

The stories are packed with inspiration and insights for your next trip, including how to find the best gelato in Italy, how to select the best produce at a Provençal market, how to navigate Spain’s confusing tapas scene, and how to survive the experience of driving in Sicily (hint: just go numb).

And you’ll get a reality check for every traveler’s "dream job": researching and writing guidebooks; guiding busloads of Americans on tours around Europe; scouting and producing a travel TV show; and working with Rick Steves and his merry band of travelers. It’s a candid account of how the sausage gets made in the travel business—told with warts-and-all honesty and a sense of humor.

Peek inside The Temporary European. . .

Cameron Hewitt was born in Denver, grew up in Central Ohio, and moved to Seattle in 2000 to help Rick Steves research and write America's bestselling guidebooks. Since then, Cameron has spent 100 days in Europe each year. He has traveled to and written about more than 35 European countries and has co-authored guidebooks on Croatia, Budapest, Iceland, Scotland, Greece, Berlin, and many more. Cameron also guides Rick Steves tours in Europe; contributes to Rick's television series and radio program; presents travel talks; and blogs about his travels at Cameron married his high school sweetheart and favorite travel partner, Shawna; they live in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

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