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Dream Vacation to Dread Vacation, Mexico Style

OK, Canada, time to wise up. When world adventure traveller Peter Sever (who rode all the way around the world on a motorcycle recently… through freakin’ PAKISTAN)… when Peter says he’s going to “scratch Mexico off my travel list for the next while”, shouldn’t we all do the same?

Peter’s email comment to his list of friends was inspired by the brutal attack on a Canadian tourist in Mazatlan. Looks like that guy was smashed on the head with a baseball bat. He survived, but plenty of Canadian tourists don’t.

What does it take to make a cheap vacation look like not such a good deal?


1 Brian Hickey { 01.29.12 at 8:10 am }

I went to Mazatlan a few years ago. All inclusive place. The “contact workers” (bar, food etc) made five bucks a week. When leaving I gave the pool bartender $50 US and told him to spread it around to some folk I identified as being helpful. He did (honesty still exists) and when I was lining up for the bus all these Mexican women came out and thanked me enthusiastically. I’m not sure what this means but I detect an international wage gap obvious to all. Mexico at the moment is in deep dodo. Even the Prez recently said he feared for the democracy. And it’s all about money. Adios.

2 Bill { 01.29.12 at 10:16 am }

Quite so, Brian. I am always surprised by how casually sun-seeker tourists pop into their luxury hotel bubbles. Not a care about the economic realities around the bubbles (and within them, worker wages being what they are). Little thought, too, about the legal limb that tourists crawl onto, leaving Canadian safeguards behind to explore places with repressive dictatorships and corrupt regimes. I guess news reports don’t impress when they reveal how little support they can expect if they wind up int a foreign prison.

Equally surprising to me, is the fact that most such tourists DO enjoy their cheap vacations safely. They receive their temporary luxuries and indulgences, waited on by much poorer people who serve them honestly. Not bad, when some would view them as plump little pigeons. Perhaps fear of punishment and loss of tourist income offer some security. Perhaps most of hospitality workers are just decent people who wouldn’t dream of harming another for gain.

So it goes, to quote Kurt Vonnegut.

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