Americans are good at “vacationing.” Most of us tend to go to the same comfortable destinations, over and over again. We sign up for the package deals and the package tours to see the world with the rest of the tourist hordes in an effort to spend as little money as possible. Rick Steves wants us to travel differently. He’s a professional traveler who writes best-selling books, produces television shows and a public radio program about his travels. Steves wants us to be more like “temporary residents” of the places we visit. He wants us to meet and interact with the locals, establish dialogues and lasting friendships. Don’t settle for just buying over-priced trinkets from them. Steves latest book is called “Travel as a Political Act” and explains how to travel more thoughtfully to any destination.