The glossy brochures that promise unspoiled destinations, impeccable accomodations, faultless hospitality, exquisite dining, spectacular scenery, incredible guides.
VACATIONS IN PARADISE
and they have the pictures to prove it.
What they neglect to say, and what the photos don't show, is that the seaside hotel has a highway running by it. And the pristine beach is infested with sand flies. That a cruise ship's "day at sea" means "day of boredom." That "optional activities" translates to "come up with more cash."
Well, I've been there and had that done to me. And as a professional travel writer and photographer I've written about it. So join me, Robert Ragaini