We can travel in a way that exacerbates the problems between us and the rest of the world, or in a way that connects us with the rest of the world. I do not want to encourage and enable Americans to travel in a way that makes the problem worse, and a lot of people do travel in a way that makes the problem worse. My travelers, I think — I’d like to think — travel in a way that connects them with the rest of the world and when they come home they are changed Americans. They are more likely to understand what the family of nations is all about.”
However, on the other, he seems to lie in some grey area when it comes to the difference of being a tourist or being a traveller.
His show is informative, interesting, well shot and paced. His guides are the same, and he’s been writing them for decades.
Steves actually started out, I like to assume, as probably an ex-yippy of sorts. He opened a piano/travel shop where he sold his self-published travel guide, Europe Through Backdoor, and taught piano lessons. His travel guide sold so well that he began giving guided tours of Europe and, eventually, producing his television show for PBS. The first episode of which he gave to them for free, cool.
This man loves to travel, and he clearly hates tourism as much as I do. However, and this is personal opinion, his shows’ content sometimes crosses the very line that he drew between travel and tourism. I am in no way insinuating that he and his television program are advocating being a tourist, but they do have an air of catering more to adventure-fearing yuppies.
Its still a great show, though. All episodes are currently on Hulu for your viewing pleasure.