Recently, on discussion on a forum for Germans in the UK I’m a member of. A thread about advice on where to go on a family holiday in October.
All the usual spots were mentioned and anecdotes were told. People’s concerns for personal safety and personal enjoyment were voiced. Egypt was voted against because of too many intrusions by the locals.
I read that and my mind boggled. At some point, as aware citizens of the world (remember, these are people who have already left their comfort zone and moved to a different country) I thought we’d realise that when we go on holiday, we go to a different country and are guests there. Instead we simply expect the whole culture to bend to our expectations of getting some sun and being waited on hand and foot, and left alone otherwise. The only locals you’d meet would be the waiting staff, or the ones who specialise in making contact with holiday makers, for a variety of reasons. You never actually get to see the country you’re in. And you don’t care!
Even more amazingly, there are hundreds of holiday spots around the world where this actually works. Of course for some of these spots it’s their main source of income, I get that. But for people to go to a place like Tunisia, lie on the beach in a bikini, and not even get an awareness for the fact that this wouldn’t normally be done in this country if not for rich westerners who need to spend their money somewhere warm. How does that work?
I have been on one package holiday in my life, although that was self-catering. I’ve travelled but usually not as a tourist.
File under: I don’t get people.