We were recently at a southern resort on a small island off of Mexico, best known for swimming with whale sharks in the summer. “Awesome,” we thought, “long with the whale sharks, this type of place should attract some interesting people who like adventure and getting off the beaten path.”
When travelling, I like a wide variety of things – but I always appreciate meeting interesting people … people who are different from the ones you see every day at work, and the usual over-achieving helicopter moms in the neighbourhood.
So, we see a few couples about our age at the resort; we smile and say hi, but that’s about it. We try striking up a conversation, but get little uptake. Strangely, people seem to feel safe in their twosomes, and don’t seem interested in putting themselves out there and getting to know other travelers.
There are two places where this hasn’t been the case: 1) when backpacking and staying in hostels, and 2) at clothing optional resorts we’ve been to. So my current theories are that a) broke people are friendlier, and b) losing clothes seems to loosen everyone up and open them to new experiences. Wow – imagine what Woodstock must have been like with huge numbers of broke and scantily clad people!
I’m left wondering when we become so guarded and afraid to put ourselves out there? And how can I get the party started? I think I’ll peel off my bikini top at the pool tonight and see what happens!