Being in our mid-twenties, I don't think we're in Rick Steves' target market, but we sure have learned a lot from his company and his books. The books are my favorite travel guides--but I am going to focus this review on the travel store and the events it holds. Once or twice a year they hold a travel festival, with free classes on European travel. Some are even hosted by Mr. Steves himself. We've heard talks there on France, Italy, how to pack, etc. and they have all been entertaining and helpful. They aren't always heavy on details but I find they give you that final oomph to take the plunge and book a trip. In addition, they host a different class every Saturday morning even on non-festival days.
The Back Door Store, as they call it, has all sorts of travel gear. They have bags, voltage converters, towels, and everything you might need while you are traveling. Of course they stock all of the Rick Steves guidebooks as well. They even have a rail pass counter where you can ask questions and even purchase your pass. For about $60 an hour, you can schedule a session with a travel consultant, which could be helpful for answering specific questions before you book a trip. Some of the sales staff there are actually tour guides, so we've gotten a lot of our questions answered just by chatting with the staff.
You can even rent out the travel guides and dvds if you don't want to buy them right away. A cool place to visit, plus downtown Edmonds is adorable.