On Overselling…

Whilst Jericoacoara is undeniably beautiful, it can also be a lonely place for someone travelling on their own. It’s also a place which has seen so many tourists, that now its inhabitants only live to sell and find new ways of removing as much money from your wallets as possible.

Here’s a few tips for some of the vendors…(which I did give feedback to)

I’m a tourist. I’m going to buy things, it’s only natural… I’m going to take a tour or two. I’m going to eat out at restaurants. I’ll hire a chair and an umbrella to sit under at the beach. 

BUT when you incessantly and aggressively approach me to buy things, I tend to react by not buying anything at all, out of spite. 

I know that I have to catch a buggy to go anywhere outside the town. I’m not blind, or stupid… But you probably need to sell the destinations a little more, and not the ride itself. I loved the places that the buggies took me to, but no one told me about these in town. It was too much ‘Get your buggy here… buy a buggy ride’…

I had some pretty poor service at some of the restaurants, the kind of service where you want to just go out the back and get it yourself… 

I think I stayed in Jericoacoara two days more than I should have as the non-stop selling wore me down after a while. I spent some great time here alone in nature, with my thoughts , amazed by the dunes and the beaches, with pen and paper in hand. 

If i had the chance to go back to Jeri again, I would do it, as the beauty of it is amazing. But it would be for a different style of holiday…

Posted on April 13, 2011, in Brazilianaire Vol. 2 and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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