“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
Package Tourism Advantages
Many travel-related blogs and website scorn ¨canned¨ packaged, tourist experiences like resorts, cruises, and amusement parks.
Yet. I spent eight months (out of four and a half years) enjoying these ¨inauthentic¨ experiences. I would not trade these experiences for something more ¨authentic¨.
After spending months enjoying more ¨authentic¨ experiences, going to resorts, cruises, and amusement park felt like a small vacation and was a lot of fun. I:
- admired the tremendous creativity and talent; and
- relished the chance to sit back and enjoy the party atmosphere.
The only real problems with these ¨inauthentic¨ experiences are:
- They cost twice as much per day as more ¨authentic¨travel experiences.
- After a week, I get tired of all the noise, crowds, and spectacle.
My Favorite Package Tourism Experiences
Some of my favorite packaged tourist experiences include:
- Spending five days on the Las Vegas strip seeing shows, visiting casinos and hotels and eating great meals. (I love the food and decoration of the Bellagio hotel).
- Enjoying the tourist attractions around Cancun for two weeks. I particularly loved the Xoximilco and Xcaret amusement parks. Moreover, my favorite Cirque de Soleil show is La Joya. La Joya is a resident show at the Vidanta resort in the Riviera Maya. It is Cirque de Soleil’s only dinner theatre experience. (The theatre is much more intimate than the other Cirque show and the food is truly innovative and tasty). I also really enjoyed the Jolly Roger, Cancun’s Pirate Cruise.
- Marveling at the Rio Carnival’s incredible floats, costumes, and music at the Sambadrome. The Carnival- which lasts six to eight hours a night for four nights- is called justifiably¨the Greatest Show on Earth¨.
- Attending the Calgary Stampede. The fireworks, art displays, animal shows, parades, and festivals are some of the best I have ever seen. Calgary also takes on an inimitable festive and warm atmosphere during the Stampede.
- Taking ¨behind the scenes¨ tours of all four Disneyworld parks in Orlando for a week which showcased:
- How Disney manages the animals at the Animal Safari Park;
- The shops where Disney designs and cleans their uniforms and costumes:
- The nursery where Disneyworld sculpts its iconic topiaries: and
- Some of Epcot’s excellent, ethnic restaurants. (The Les Halles restaurant at the French Pavillion has the best French food outside of France!)
Some of my favorite travel experiences have taken place aboard cruise ships including:
- The Norwegian Epic‘s incredible Broadway style shows: Priscilla: the Queen of the Desert, Burn the Floor, and my favorite- the dinner-theater: Cirque Epicurean.
- Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Sea‘s terrific broadway show: Saturday Night Live and their impressive skating spectacular.
- The beautiful design, decoration, activities, and excellent cuisine on Celebrity’s Constellation and Holland America’s Eurodam
A Final Note:
I explore this theme at more length in my blog post: What is the Difference Between a Traveler and a Tourist?