7/19/2016 – no running, sightseeing
Tourist trap has always had a negative connotation to me – a rip off where exorbitant prices are charged for the sake of convenience. Only tourist would fall for that scheme.
I am smarter, so it would never happen to me. That is until today.
You see, I am in a foreign place with full of strangers. My basic needs are at mercy of what is readily available. Basic things like finding a restroom? Directions? Restaurant? Food?
So on a hot summer day while visiting my third museum, I am tired and dying of thirst. Where can I find a cold bottle of water to save my life? Guess what? How about the vendor who is right there in the vicinity with a selection of ice cold drinks?
All of a sudden, the prices become more reasonable as I rationalized that I have a real need (remember I was dying) and the vendor has what I wanted. Where else can I find a cheaper alternative, before I died?
The price is what the market will bear (aka what I was reluctant but willing to pay). A simple supply and demand economic solution.
Or putting it another way, wearing the tourist shoes, I admit that the “tourist trap” serves a real need and isn’t all that bad after all.
Have you been in a predicament of being a tourist? Any horror story?