“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
Why Fifty-Plus Nomads Should Occasionally Consider Resorts
Many travel-related blogs and websites 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 (like learning vacations and volunteering), going to resorts, cruises, and amusement parks felt like a short vacation and was a lot of fun. I:
- Admired the tremendous creativity and talent.
- 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 Resorts 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 resorts).
- 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.
- Visiting Dubai’s incredible malls which feature among other oddities one of the world’s largest aquarium tanks and an artificial snow lift (in one of the world’s hottest cities).
A Final Note
I explore a related theme in my blog post: What is the Difference Between a Traveler and a Tourist?
Some Additional Posts About Group Travel
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- Learning Vacations: The Best Kept Travel SecretMy favorite type of group travel is learning vacations. No aspect of group travel has so influenced who I am as a person and how I view the world.
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