Travel Paradise is Cheap Not Easy
Travel Paradise is Cheap Not Easy
“It is almost axiomatic, that as soon as a place gets a reputation for being paradise it goes to hell.”
Paul Theroux in book The Happy Isles of Oceania
Paradise Beaches and Islands are very cheap places to live, however not easy to find as they continually move around. There is no shortage of beaches, islands or oceanfront property.
Acapulco - 8 Miles north of the City
Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces
Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca
Thursday, March 20, 2008Andy of HoboTraveler.com
I would say,
“The more you pay for Paradise, the more likely you paid for a one way ticket to Hell.”
The Devil has one goal, to cause confusion and to lead you into temptation… Paradise is free, but the path is long and narrow.
I am happy all the Devil worshipers go to the Paradise locations as explained to them by travelers writers getting free Resort Vacations in exchange for working for the Devil selling tickets to Hell. One week in a Resort can be a wonderful and great feeling, but it is not real, it is not Paradise, it is more the idea of selling you the idea that for one time in your life you are the rich and famous, and that somebody loves you.
Paul Theroux basically has it right, if everyone it saying the place is Paradise and it probably is not.
A Paradise beach has a shelf life of less than five years, there is a window of time where a beach or island can be one of the best experiences of your life. The time where walking barefoot is common, where people are friendly, accessible and the locals are happy to see you, after this time the welcome matt is pulled out and the blank indifferent faces are put on, the exception is when you really pay the big money to have someone act as if they love you.
There is no shortage of beaches, islands or oceanfront property. What is difficult to find is a beach with only about 3-10 hotels with a western toilet. What makes a place paradise is the people, when the locals are happy to see you, when the other tourist and travelers are happy to have some new faces, some new conversations, when it is still not crowded, but enough people to enjoy the day.
I am hoping and anticipating a new genre of Hotels to pop up all over the planet, the closest words to describe them are either the Boutique Hotel or the Apartelle.
The Boutique Hotel can normally be translated to pay extraordinary amount of money to live in a small hotel that maybe give you Five Star services, however normally just great landscaping.
To give incredibly great services and benefits in a hotel, the manager and owner must know and be accustomed to living first class. This is not so hard to find if a foreighner, however then to find one that knows how to get maintenance work done is an act of God, I think my ideal Hotel owner would be working on building a new unit, installing the plumbing when I arrived, stops what he is doing and come and shakes my hand and walks me around the property explaining the place. Then ends off by giving a few of the needed warnings on who will rip me off for what and how. I like to tease reception people, I say hello to them, I then say your job title is to receive me, do you ever say hello when people walk in the hotel?
I found this map in the Internet Café, it has listing of all the beaches along the coast line of Mexico, interesting map and great, I may be able to work my way down the coast giving each a small lick and taste before I stay too long, trying to tap into the traveler network. I think they have all left Mexico as it seems to be one of the worst backpack places on the planet.
I was told Jamaica was full of New Yorkers, a lot of rude people in love with rude people. If you come from a place where everyone is indifferent, ignores you, your paradise may be that type of place. At the end of the day you have to live with the locals of the area, if you do not like the locals, then there is a problem.Travel Paradise is Cheap Not Easy
I agree with you on Mexico being one of the worst backpack places on the planet. I could not wait to get out. If you really want to go and scratch your head in awe. Head into Belize and see how things can really get stupid.
But, glad you are doing well and continuing the journey.
Greed of a Tourist Trap has no boundaries of fools to purchase.
I need a guidebook with a list of all the places in the guidebook so I know all the places not to go.