Hi Rick,

We all know travel is supposed to be fun.  And I get it, it’s confusing to be dropped into a foreign land, clueless about the local customs, food, attractions, and the like.  But please, for the love of God, stop publishing this information.

I really do admire that you’ve done so well for yourself, amassing detailed reviews of expensive restaurants and luxurious hotels.  And it’s impressive how thoroughly you’ve researched each of the destinations you write about.  But I think it’s time to back off, Rick.

I can’t remember the last family vacation I went on that didn’t revolve around your advice.  I’m sure this advice was well-intentioned; you seem like a good guy, after all.  But is that quaint Italian eatery three bus stops away really any better than the one downstairs?  Is it worth the two-hour pilgrimage to that wonderous waterfall you say we simply must see?

The problem here is that in order to make these books quickly and efficiently consumable, you only touch on a handful of things to do.  This is all well and good, but when you’re all big and famous, people tend to take your advice extremely seriously.  I know my mother won’t consider eating in a foreign land without your blessing.  So cut us a break, Rick.

At least put a little “I haven’t been everywhere” disclaimer at the front of the book.  Or better yet, include a “Very Impressive But Free Or Cheap” section in each book.  Even my father would buy it and read it then.

I’m really just trying to help you out here, Rick.  And I appreciate what you do.  But at the end of the day, you’d be better off to realize that there are some real travel nuts out there, whom you’ve accidentally become responsible for.

Best,
John