So, my boyfriend and I want to take a week long trip somewhere hot and on the beach this winter. Neither of us travel much outside of the US and Canada and those trips are pretty limited to visiting friends, family, and work related things. So, young, not experienced travelers, and we are mostly looking for a relaxing, warm (see Canada mentioned above) and low key environment (as in we are not looking to party).
We have been doing a lot of research on price and location, and he would like to stay at a resort, but I have some pretty strong reservations (haw haw) about the whole thing. Mostly it comes from political and social beliefs –the whole anti neo-colonialism spectrum of arguments of privilege and power in the west and how people underplay or are totally ignorant of the issues that arise from the western idea of “vacation”. I don’t want to contribute to that cycle.
I’m also worried I’d feel claustrophobic and unhappy staying in a big resort and go on tours with a bunch of strangers who fulfill the very thing I’m dreading–consumerism, escapism and ignorance about the culture they have temporarily invaded. This isn’t to say I wouldn’t enjoy parking my ass on a beach for 5 days and drinking and eating a lot, as well as taking in a bit of the local goings on and going on a hike or something. That’s what I want out of a vacation. I just don’t want to buy into big business that doesn’t give back to the community it’s sitting on.
So here is the question: how do we rectify my SO’s desire to stay in a vacation where all aspects of the trip are taken care of and my political views? I presented renting a beach house somewhere but then we are probably looking at a lot more in terms of cost because then we plan the activities and feed ourselves which would cut into our funds considerably. We decided no more than a grand each would be feasible.
Alternately, can you convince me that an all-in resort isn’t what I’m imagining? That they help community development, the locals aren’t full of resentment, local business doesn’t struggle for it and the resorts aren’t actually filled with douchbags? Experiences, or examples?