This week on the Travel with Rick Steves Podcast: Patricia Schultz, author of the best-seller “A Thousand Places to See Before you Die” joins Rick to talk about narrowing down some of her favorite places to visit. And, for Halloween, All Souls Day, and Day of the Dead observances, Rick fields calls from listeners who tell us about haunted encounters they experienced on their travels to Europe.

This week on the Travel with Rick Steves Podcast: Rick explores art found outside museums in the everyday scene of Europe and author Robert Edsel shares stories of the “Monuments Men” who helped rescue masterpieces of Western art from the Nazis during and after World War Two and whose work continues even today.

Charis Atlas Heelan posted this over on Frommer’s : It isn’t too late to book a quick jaunt to Europe to experience Halloween in a haunted hotel or a castle with a gory history. Several castles offer specially designed tours to get you into the spirit of the holiday.

Sean O’Neill recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek’s Travel Blog:

Low-cost carriers are a fantastic way to navigate Europe from London. But the trick has been trying to compare their low fares with the major airlines.

This week on the Travel with Rick Steves Podcast: One of the largest cities in the wolrd, Mexcio City is often compared to some of Europe’s great cities in terms of culture, history, street life, and great food. Yet despite being considered the western hemisphere’s equal to many European capitols, it’s still not on most Americans’ must-see list. Two former New Yorkers, who are inspired to change all that, join Rick to share their story of how they were so charmed by Mexico City they moved there and wrote guides to help other visitors enjoy it, too.

SonjaG recently posted this over on the Bing Travel Blog:

Fall is a popular time for European travel: Airfare prices are lower than during peak tourist season, temperatures are cooler and the crowds are diminishing. The strength of the Euro, however, means that some careful planning is required to keep your trip affordable. You might think that means sacrificing style or substance. Au contraire! Savvy travelers know that you can visit Europe on the cheap while remaining chic.