Resort to Resorts

From a lovely balcony on the third floor of a rather large hotel in Olhos De Agua, Portugal, I read a passage from my Lonely Planet guidebook that went something like this: if you are reading this while sitting on a balcony of a rather large hotel in Olhos De Agua, Portugal, you are an idiot because the aforementioned balcony cannot be lovely as it is made out of nothing but dirty concrete just like everything else that surrounds you.
“We are destined to lose dad!”
Not the best £20 I have ever spent on a book, I thought (if I really wanted to feel like an idiot, I would have simply reread “How Not to Write a Novel” which was the subject to my rant in Revision is Four Letter Word).  I pondered our decision to chase the sun down to the Algarve for a quiet few days.  The idea was spontaneous, the hotel was fantastic, and the price was reasonable.  All of a sudden, I felt like I should have opted for a trip with an emphasis on culture and discovery, rather than sun and bubbly™.

I lifted my nose out of the shiny pages and looked out over my long toes towards the ocean.  I mumbled “consider the source.”  It didn’t really make that much sense, then or now, but believe you me it made me feel better.  I suggest that anytime you are in a cataclysmic brain knot, even the self-induced and solo variety, try it.  Trust me, “consider the source” puts you in control (try it now, and this post will seem ludicrous, which it is but consider…doh!).

Olhos De Agua, a concrete jungle?
The book went into my briefcase and did not surface for the rest of our short jaunt.  Once in a while you just need to put yourself out there sans guidance – even if it leads you down the sun and bubbly path (plus you get to use “sans”).  Do what you enjoy in the moment, and assuming you are a decent traveler who cares about the people around you, make no apologies for doing it.  Bam trusty little book, you just got [edited].

P.S. – responsible tourism is both vital and viral, and with this in mind this rant is simply my opinion that sometimes it is okay to resort to resorts and not feel like a tool for doing it!

Categories: Observation, Rambling, Revision

6 replies

  1. Haha mommy is funny…..and correct. Love you, ENJOY it!-gigi

  2. Good God, lighten up man, your on a freaken vacation, not trying to save the world……jeeze……..yo mamma

  3. Yes, Nicholas. Having no plan is a journey itself, and nothing beats it (except to have a very well thought out and pre-booked adventure where there is no plan).Thanks for the post buddy!

  4. Mr. Jimbo that is a fair question – this is certainly not my area of expertise (which is now ranting) – but that word alone, without any design elements, likely cannot be trademarked because it is not distinguishable (how dare you!). Then again, what do I know? It may be.I gave you a head start: You may also conduct a trademark search by visiting the Trademark Public Search Library, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Public Search Facility – Madison East, 1st Floor; 600 Dulany St.; Alexandria, VA 22313. Use of the Public Search Library is free to the public.Let me know what you find out!

  5. Being in the moment while traveling has always served me well. You know….when the locals or people that you have met along the way either, tell you about or show you the places that means most to them. I love the journey of not having a plan.

  6. Is "bubbly" really a trademark?

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