It’s true that Nature makes some beautiful creations in every country of the world. Having beautiful beaches as a backdrop to human conditions for living doesn’t make a place more inhabitable, safe or a better place to live than another. The way humans treat one another, the widespread accepted and practiced cultural norms as well as the laws that are enforced in a particular “territory” are more notable focuses for reasons to visit or live.
The tourism industry glorifies making “amusement parks” and “circuses” out of people’s home lands and sells “entertainment packages” to tourists rather than advertising the way people really live in a given environment and under given social conditions. The power of the media in regards to marketing material shows its’ strength when people buy into the perceptions sold by industry professionals rather than both side of the stories told by those who have experienced particular climates because it’s their way of life/culture.
Taking the “good”, the “bad, and the “ugly” under evaluation, a potential tourist can better manage how to make the best of their time, energy, resources and money knowing the REALITY of what they are investing in rather than the FANTASY. Where people’s lives are at stake because they are treading on the territories of others, there is no such thing as “safe travels” or a “safe tourist”. Any time we embark upon another person’s “property” or step foot on “foreign land” (even under the illusion of a “warm welcome”) we are in danger of what that contact will produce. Thus, the need for “TRAVEL ALERTS”.
An effective warning about potential dangers must not be limited to reporting crime rates, wars/conflicts in process and crimes most likely committed. For a person entering another country, a potential danger is not understanding the culture and the laws in place to enforce that culture’s dominance and survival. Culture clashes are an imminent threat and should not be excluded from mention as a travel alert. Culture shock is a real negative impact on the experience of travelers as well as the locals who are forced to welcome and entertain strangers into their neighborhoods. These interactions can sometimes influence choices that result in conflict.
To more effectively ensure the safety, protection and mutual benefit of touring other countries, travelers must be provided with real life information about the harm that can arise from embarking into the unknown while the known yet exists. Encouraging tourism without educating the public about the mental, physical, cultural and political environment a tourist is entering is half-hearted and harmful. These encounters should not be left to chance. In this age of information where stories are being shared and experiences documented, at the very least blogs by the various people who are willing to speak out about their POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE encounters can be used as references about HUMAN RELATIONS. These stories are sources that can be used to research into the reality of HUMAN RIGHTS and the different manners in which people under specific conditions interact within specific parameters.
Stories about RELATIONSHIPS among locals with each other matter as well as the experiences of tourists in relation to their new found neighbors. Studying the results of these interactions will yield the information that is of utter importance in regards to alerting the public about what makes a destination the most popular for travel. The population should be the most attractive factor what makes a location suitable for travel to populated locations. Advertising beaches without mention of ALL the interactions that take place on those shores, where people have a great time as well as get dragged into the bushes, mugged and raped is neglectful. Beaches where there are no people can stand on their own as tour worthy based on natural factors only.
Beaches that are in the backyards of neighborhoods must be evaluated on that basis. What are the neighbors like? How do they live? How do they feel about tourism and tourists? What evidence exists for the behaviors and attitudes of a people? What types of interactions have tourists had with locals? And so on. Each question answered to include the array of positive and negative experiences. The stories of a culture is empirical evidence. Read between the lines. Apply the knowledge.