Lonely Planet – Low Cost Travel Guide

Russ Steele

Our local left is crowing about Nevada City being recognized in the Lonely Planet Travel Guide. According to Wikipedia Lonely Planet publishes “travel books aimed at backpackers and other low-cost travellers.”

The mention of Nevada City in the top 10 rankings — along with other destinations worldwide — is going to help fill up hotels, B&Bs and restaurants throughout our area.

Really?  This it the travel guide for people looking to travel on the cheap. Are these tourist going to arrive in Nevada City with pockets full of money, or are they going to arrive looking for freebees and bargains.  Your call?


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

12 Responses to Lonely Planet – Low Cost Travel Guide

  1. GregZaller says:

    Jeff Pelline referenced this post on his blog and I dropped by to look. I’m sure that local businesses are realistically celebrating the Lonely Planet rating. Are they “left”?

    I don’t understand this left and right partisanship. These are your neighbors that you are deriding.

    • Russ says:


      I wish all the merchants, B&B and restaurants in Nevada City well. I was just being realistic. I recall the folks in Trinity County who had a desire to be come the mountain biking capital of California. They developed a plan to attract the mt bikers, spent money to upgrade restaurants, motels and the towns sewer plant to handle the increased population. They spent money on ads and sure enough the mt bikers came. But, the local folks soon learned that the mt bikers brought their own food, slept in their vans, or just went home to shower. After investing, they were disappointed to learn that mt bikers spend their money on their bikes and not on restaurants and motels. It is the low cost mt bikers, hikers, backpackers that Lonely Planet targets. I just do not want our locals planning on a huge rush of wealthy travelers, that is not the Lonely Plant crowd. Hey, I could be wrong, but I would like to see the evidence to the contrary!

  2. GregZaller says:

    Well, let’s hope you are wrong.

    It was nice for me to hear an accolade. I just spent a year in Davis and I have to tell you that I came back with a new found appreciation for this county. It would be number one on a lot of lists if we all could just get past the infighting and work together on solutions.

    • Russ says:

      You maybe soon surprised to learn what the right wing nuts that Jeff P loves to attack have been, and are doing, to promote economic development in Nevada County. Stay Tuned!

  3. Oh my goodness, Russ, must you really have to make it a political issue? And why assume it’s the local left crowing? Most of the time you could class me as liberal, yet –amazingly I guess as far as you’re concerned–whenever I travel I like to look at several different travel books, Lonely Planet included. I’m in that HUGE category of folks who need to stretch their dollars as much as possible, recently referred to as the 99%. Lonely Planet has been around for a while now, and is considered a reliable source on finding good deals. When I do travel I most often stay in hotels, bed and breakfasts, and things like VRBO’s, and spend money in restaurants and shops, and I still appreciate and find useful the info in LP. I guess you yourself have never looked for the best deal on hotels? And do you always shop and eat in the most expensive stores and restaurants? Lucky you! Or, perhaps you just love to contradict Jeff Pelline for the sake of being contrary and that you have nothing better to do? You want black and white, right and left, and on this issue, as most, it ain’t there, Russ.

    • Russ says:


      Thanks for commenting. You are right, we shop for the best bargans and sales. I truly hope that the Lonely Planet brings more tourist with lots of $$$$ to Nevada City. However, I would be more confident if the rating was in a travel guide for audiencees known for their lavish spending habits. That does not seem to be the Lonely Planet audience. The giddy post by Mr P did not seem to recognize the low cost traveler audience. Please see my reply to Greg.

  4. I did read your reply to Greg. And thanks for your reply. As to Trinity County, have you been there? I have, traveling through the area a number of times, and have had work playing music in Weaverville. No offense intended to Trinity County, but it’s not exactly a destination place that is going to attract big spenders anyway, for a variety of reasons. The road is long and winding to get there. It has, yes, lovely rivers and reservoirs, as we do, and does indeed attract campers, boaters, and river rafters. But those types of visitors are generally not big spenders–and I don’t think you could pigeonhole them particularly on political tendencies either. There isn’t any place in Trinity County that even comes close to offering what Nevada City has to offer. And a lot of what we have to offer here comes from our incredible natural beauty, i.e. the river, the mountains, and our history, but equally as important is, yes, our artsy community. The fact that we have so many well attended and well known music festivals: Music in the Mountains, the Bluegrass Fest, World Music Fest, KVMR’s Celtic Fest is pretty darn impressive, whose participants combined also have across the spectrum political leanings. And of course on the agricultural end of things, the Draft Horse Classic, where the art show seems to get as much interest as the arena show. All of these organizations and events, and historical heritage, along with all the incredible artists and musicians that live here, combined with a school system which goes way out to foster an appreciation of the arts, nature, and history, has helped give Nevada City, and Grass Valley, the profile we have today. And I’ve not even mentioned the tech industry. So, comparisons to Trinity County are not really applicable.

  5. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    I have to agree Russ, although any mention is great for the area but I hardly think they are much of say browsers and shoppers. Any little bit helps but to say it will fill up the B & B’s I find it a tad of a stretch, they do have to buy stuff though.

  6. D. King says:


    (Nevada City) “…it is home to a delightful mix of crusty old-timers, artists, folks bent on preserving a hippie lifestyle…”

    That’ll bring em in!

    Who writes this stuff?

    • RL Crabb says:

      That’s me…allof the above.

      • D. King says:

        Come to Nevada City. Come see Bob!

        “It was amazing”

        “It was enlightening!”

        “There’s nothing like Bob; not on this planet I’m here to tell you!”


  7. Martin says:

    Tourism is not itself a “sustainable” solution for Nevada County’s future unless it’s tied to something tangible… economically sound…. of real valuable…… worth the trip….. the price of gas, etc. The local “sustainables” don’t get it. Marketing professionals report that …. you’ve got to have something for those with the means to want to come spend time and money here.

    Reaching out here to touch that 3rd rail I suggest having a working gold mine as a destination point for tourism. Any of the “sustainables” want to back the idea or continue with the business as usual approach and watch Nevada County fade?

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