Centro– Cartagena, Colombia, October 2013
So, I’m back home from Colombia. I have a post or two I’ll do on my ten-day visit to Colombia. Right now though, I am focused on starting my travel company. This is not going to be easy, as I discovered last night. But I have faith in myself, my ideas and the international community I have built here.
I was bummed out about coming back home to Chicago. The winter chill is definitely in the air now and it is getting cold. I am reminded, after seeing my homeless friend last night eating from a branch of a tree, that I have a home.
I tried selling my travel trips last night just briefly. I got shot down by a few people, when I asked them if they wanted to go to Colombia. I have never received such passionate “No ways” from people. One guy even said that was a weird question–asking him if he wanted to go to Colombia. I explained I was trying to start a travel company, even then he said it was a weird question. The girl next to him, (who I had already met five times previously) pretended she didn’t know me and her answer was a passionate “No.” The stuffy Anglo-Victorian vibe is apparently alive and well in this historically WASP town.
I find it pretty ironic that all of these people live within the shadow of one of the biggest international airports in the world, and have such a weird time understanding that the world is a lot larger than a suburb with wealth and homeless people in the woods. Not that they are wealthy, but the fact that travel is such a taboo here to anywhere other than little mini-Americas, is a little strange.
I met a few people who liked the idea and had enough resources and such to go, but they have children, obligations and not enough time. I can understand this rationale. One guy suggested I try marketing to families. I’d argue that families could come with, as long as they could pull their weight. as in, the kids could pull their own bags. Maybe not the best marketing strategy.
On Monday, I have the day off of work and I’m going to try to promote my company at the train station. I’m bound to think that when some people feel the winter chill, and I’m offering a reasonable escape to Colombia this winter, my idea will catch on. Besides the cocaine taboo of Colombia, there is still the “Aren’t they going to kidnap and kill you there?” fear. Why? Because I bring tourism and money into their economies from wealthier countries?
Those Colombians made me Arroz con Camarones y Juego fresco.. Tienes miedo?
I had another person tell me that some American tourist had their head bashed-in in Turkey, as if all Muslims stand in the middle of the street and chant incoherent rants at Americans all day (like that Argo movie I saw on the plane back from Colombia). Maybe someone did have their head bashed-in in Turkey, but I know for a fact, that a little child got shot in the head a few blocks away from my over-priced Chicago apartment when I lived in the city a few years back. Bad things happen everywhere, but you shouldn’t run from fears that don’t exist.
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- Travel and Tourism in Colombia – New Market Study Published (sbwire.com)
- Top 5 Travel Website for Colombia (trotamunda.wordpress.com)
- Report Published: “Infrastructure Construction in Colombia to 2017: Market Forecast” (sbwire.com)
- VC becomes Colombian citizen to enter Winter Olympics (kernelmag.com)
- If this man succeeds, he’ll transform Colombia’s economy (moneyweek.com)