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Hedonism: It's Not Just a Resort Anymore

Scott Vogel

If you're like me, there's no vacation that can't be made better by a good stripper pole, which is why I was pleased to discover that the perennial bachelor party staple is more traveler-friendly than ever. In fact, stripper pole technology has advanced so far, it seems, that enthusiasts can retrofit their bordellos with a minimum of installation and nary a bolt in the ceiling.

What brought this news to my attention was a company called LA Party Bus -- a division of, um, Charter Harder Tours -- which runs a fleet of party-mobiles that prowls the streets of Southern California and Vegas, some of which boast optional features like the aforementioned pole. And what brought the LAPB to my attention was a just-released report by the British-based World Travel Market. The study purports to dissect trends in travel worldwide, finding that citizens of the United Kingdom, say, are traveling more often than ever with their pets; that Western Europeans like to travel by train on their vacations and stay on farms; and that Americans are into....

Debaucherism.

Now, debaucherism is not actually a word, but the trend it refers to is (allegedly) real. According to the WTM, unlike much of the rest of the world, Americans are increasingly having a hard time relinquishing the Spring Break heedlessness of their youths. Or as the report puts it, "40 years old is the new 30, which is the new 20."

Which is a dead giveaway that nasty is in. Without passing judgment, the report confides that "a shift in consumer attitudes has led to an increasing acceptance of alcohol consumption" and that 22 percent of adults 30-34 are admitted binge drinkers. In other words, girls are going wild well past their "Girls Gone Wild" years, and men are no different.

Ergo, places like Vegas can expect their popularity to soar in the future, as can outfits like Charli's Angels [NFSW, naked photos], an adults-only resort in the Dominican Republic where men have their pick of escorts and the term "all-inclusive" takes on a new meaning indeed. And then there's Groove Cruise, a company that charters boats for, according to the WTM, "wealthy, young adults who want to continue their college parties into their adult life." Think pulse-pounding music, puking through portholes and "Pajamas in Paradise," the latter one of Groove's onboard theme parties.

You get the idea. The question is, could there be anything to the WTM's report? And if there is, what might account for American tourists' newfound embrace of sex and sin? And are there any places you can't bring a stripper pole these days?

By Scott Vogel |  November 15, 2007; 7:04 AM ET  | Category:  Scott Vogel
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I was just recently on a party bus for my friend's 21st bday, and I have to say that the stripper pole is the most amazing feature on a bus...Seriously though after about 3.5hrs i thought i was going to puke. I have never combined alcohol and a moving vehicle before, and now i never will again. Lots of fun, but you only need to experience it once!

Posted by: Mandy | November 15, 2007 8:24 AM

Scott - could you please note that the link for "Charli's Angels" is NSFW?

I mean, I get it's an "adult-themed" vacation, but you'd think they could come up with a more discreet home page...

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | November 15, 2007 12:24 PM

What is NSFW?

Posted by: abc | November 15, 2007 1:04 PM

I have to confess, I didn't know either. It means "not suitable for work" viewing. Thanks for the heads-up, Chasmosaur. We've added a warning above.

Posted by: Scott Vogel | November 15, 2007 1:39 PM

Bread and circuses, folks. We're just enjoying the end of an empire.

Posted by: Nero | November 16, 2007 1:38 PM

Nero may have hit the mark, only time will tell how profetic the comment was. But really Americans have been sex tourists for years(along with many others!). But leave it to the British to point out, afterall, supposedly the "best" portable sling is made by an english company. Leather boys beware, Big Brother may be watching your purchases!

Posted by: rja112 | November 20, 2007 4:00 AM

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