The idea to write a mini "guidebook" entry on my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, originated on Instagram. Over the Christmas holidays, while I was home, I posted a photo of the city on my Instagram feed and wrote (just to be cheeky): “when Lonely Planet gets around to writing a guidebook on the Rust Belt, I’ll have a first-row seat.” And then it occurred to me: Why not write my own guide and post it here on my blog? Yeah, I know it doesn’t exactly fit the "Travel & Adventure in Central Europe" part, but Youngstown was largely settled by Poles, Slovaks, Czechs, and Hungarians. It's a little piece of Central Europe in the middle of the United States.
Oh yeah, and to be fair to Lonely Planet, while they don't have a guide - per se - on the Rust Belt, they do have quite a few travel articles on "rusty" Midwestern destinations. Find a good piece here on Buffalo, New York, and this one on Cincinnati, Ohio, for example.