Hedonism: It's Not Just a Resort Anymore
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....
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
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