Some years ago I took a certain Mr. Steves on tour with me. It was one of my special tours, unconventional and off of the beaten track. I got to entertain my guest with my stories, and shared my knowledge with him. At the end of the day he told me how enthusiastic he felt about the way I had done the tour and the passion I had put into it. He told me that he was famous in the States and his full name was “Rick Steves”, he presented a very popular television travel show and was a successful travel book writer.
At the time I must confess I did not have a clue who he was. I told him I was thrilled that he had appreciated my tour so much, and how much that really meant to me, especially coming from a person like him.
When we finally said goodbye, Mr. Steves warmly shook my hand and told me he would not forget how pleasant the day had been, and that he would make sure to let as many people as possible know about me.
That same evening I did some research online and realized how successful and well known Mr. Steves really was, not only in the States, but also in Canada, Australia, the U.K. and more! I felt very lucky to have met him, and ever so privileged that Mr. Steves had enjoyed my tour so much.
Later on that year I found out that he had actually mentioned me in his Mediterranean guidebook, suggesting his readers try a tour with me if visiting the region. I could not be any happier: what he did brought me a lot of business! I was also proud of myself and satisfied that all my hard work and passion in trying to do something different had paid off in such a wonderful way.
At ToursByLocals, we feel fortunate to have a guide as wonderful as Carmine on our team! If you’re traveling to the Amalfi Coast and want to experience Italian life and culture beyond the tourist spots, get in touch with Carmine and plan a day that will be the highlight of your Italian vacation.