Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Making the Most of Mexico; SO YOU'VE MADE YOUR BED BY BOOKING ACCOMMODATION THAT DOESN'T LIVE UP TO THE GLOSSY BROCHURE - SHOULD YOU LIE IN IT?

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Making the Most of Mexico; SO YOU'VE MADE YOUR BED BY BOOKING ACCOMMODATION THAT DOESN'T LIVE UP TO THE GLOSSY BROCHURE - SHOULD YOU LIE IN IT?

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Byline: WORDS: ANN RICKARD

To bail or not to bail... that really is the question. I think we've all been there: booked a holiday, looked forward to it for a year, paid for it, arrived full of excitement only to find our travel expectations smashed, our holiday dreams shattered.

It could be anything from being in a glamorously foreign place that happens to be in mid-hurricane where hurricanes have never occurred, or arriving at a tropical resort to find the sprawling pool you have swooned over for so long in photos is shut for repair and instead of palm-tree oases and little bridges in the middle of the sparkling water there is a bunch of burly men with jackhammers.

Holiday disasters usually involve disappointment in accommodation. The ocean view you were promised is only a sliver of blue and for that you are obliged to stand on the toilet in the tiny bathroom and look out a teeny louvred window.

It brings me back to the question. To bail or not to bail? My experiences have been not to bail. This is due to a husband who has great respect for money earned hard and services paid for in advance.

He will put up with any amount of discomfort rather than forfeit money, get out and move on. I have respect for money too, but there have been times when I think it would have been best to cut our losses.

One such place was in Mexico and I still quake when I think of it. Puerto Vallarta, a resort town on Mexico's Pacific Coast is a much-lauded place. Cruise ships love it.

Friends had been there and raved. We can't bear our friends to experience something fabulous we have not, so we booked flights and accommodation for Puerto Vallarta without doing any research.

Endless jugs of icy margaritas, an overload of quesadillas and enchiladas, sunshine, beaches and blue skies. What could go wrong? …

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