I live for unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
While no one in their right mind would frown on the opportunity to feast on fancy cuisine and lay out in the sun, if there is one thing I dislike about cruises in general it’s this: you don’t get a lot of opportunities to do much while in port. There were excursions, like horseback riding, water sports, or bus tours offered at every port but there was never an option, or the time, to take a local bus into town and just wander around areas that aren’t designed with tourists ( or their pockets) in mind.
I was initially disappointed when my family elected to go on a bus tour in La Romana, Dominican Republic.It turned out to be a ten- minute ride to a large outdoor shopping square that was crowded with vendors and ship passengers. It wasn’t until later, when I was going through my photos and everyone was showing off their purchases that I realized the shopping adventure did offer a unique cultural experience after all. The sights , dialects , people, and even the things for sale could only be experienced in this particular place.
Because I was so focused on finding something more “interesting”, I feel like I overlooked something really special that day. Maybe I’ll get the chance to see it again by sharing these pictures with all of you.
Question for fellow travelers: How do you turn a bad travel experience into a good one?