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fdecarlo Dec 18th, 2015 01:59 AM

Rick Steeves Irreverant History
For anyone interested in the inside machinations of the travel industry, this is a long video (1.5 hours) but very informative, and actually funny (imo) in a few spots.

My favorite line from the show is, "I single-handedly ruined the Cinque Terre". :D

thursdaysd Dec 18th, 2015 05:24 AM

Also several other places, lol.

fdecarlo Dec 18th, 2015 06:18 AM

He doesn't deny it.

BTW one of these days I'll remember it's Steves and not Steeves.

thursdaysd Dec 18th, 2015 06:20 AM

His "back doors" have long ceased to be back doors, if they ever were (well-known to Europeans, I suspect). But I suppose we should be glad he hasn't updated the list. That said, I do take a look at his guidebooks, and I have been on a few of his tours.

janisj Dec 18th, 2015 12:24 PM

I don't think I'll watch the link. He has ruined a lot of places -- I don't think its funny myself.

True story: Many years ago in one of his first books about the UK he recommended a B&B on Hadrian's Wall. I had stayed there once before the Steves army ruined things. Understand -- this was a 2 bedroom B&B (3 actually but 2 of the rooms could only be booked together like for a faimly w/ kids - so really just a 2 unit B&B). It was on a working farm and you could walk out the back door and be ON the Wall in about 90 seconds. LOVED the place. Well -- dear old RS decided it would be a fine idea to publish this tiny B&B in his book. And all Hell broke out. The B&B was just a side business to help w/ the farm income . . . but the phone started ringing (this was in the early 90's and they didn't have a website) and it didn't stop. some days there would be 100+ phone calls. Went on for weeks. They simply couldn't cope. So they had no choice but to close the B&B and change phone numbers.

fdecarlo Dec 18th, 2015 02:34 PM

> I don't think I'll watch the link. He has ruined a lot of places -- I don't think its funny myself.

janisj, that's pretty ridiculous imo. Steves' programs and books are no different than Globe Trekker, Hawaii Revealed and 10,000 others. In this age of TV and internet there are no secrets. Tips and advice from any source are instantly disseminated to the entire world, within seconds.

Steves has had more impact on travel destinations simply because his books and shows were more popular. But think about it: it would be impossible for any travel program or book to give any recommendations or secrets to just you, and not eight billion other people.

janisj Dec 18th, 2015 02:45 PM

My point was -- Why on earth promote such a TINY business in a book published in the many thousands of copies. Makes no sense and seems really bad judgement IMO - just sayin'

I've met the man (twice) and I don't like him all that much. So no, I don't want to watch 90 minutes of him.

thursdaysd Dec 18th, 2015 03:38 PM

"many thousands of copies" but "one of his first books about the UK"

Probably wasn't many thousands of copies then. I remember staying in a B&B in the Lake District that he recommended way back when that I wouldn't have found on my own. True, it had maybe six bedrooms, not two, but they seemed happy for the business.

If you do watch the video you'll that he started out super small, and probably had no idea the operation would get so big.

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