Sometimes there is more to a holiday than sunbathing and sipping a Sex on the Beach. Occasionally one feels the need to take in a little culture of a place; from visiting ancient shrines to dancing with the locals, there is a sense of self-betterment that permeates activities like this, leaving behind a somewhat more pleasurable sensation than a hangover. For me there is no better way to experience a foreign culture than through watching some theatre. This is where you get to see what it is that makes the locals tick – what is loved, valued, and deemed relevant and interesting enough to put on stage. The best theatre comes from all kinds of places, from backyard stages to gigantic productions, but there are still many places I want to visit. So for any other theatre buffs looking for a cultural getaway, I’ve put together a little list of the best theatre places to go to catch a show.
Silky-soft sand, wide expanses of turquoise waters, putting some holes at the same hotel Tiger Woods got married in – sounds like a typical Caribbean getaway, right? But a holiday in Barbados isn’t just about the coral reefs, cricket, and beautiful surroundings. Because in fact, the savviest of jet setters go to Barbados to booze it up.
Booze?! In Barbados? “But what about the beaches?” I hear you holler, in an exclamation accented with sheer condemnation at my alcoholism.
Well actually I’m not an alcoholic, I’m just pretty damn enthusiastic about rum.
What few travellers know about this tiny sun-soaked island is that it is an absolute gold-mine when it comes to rum-loving revellers. Rum, previously known as “Rumbullion”, or the delicately named “Kill-Devill”, has been produced on Barbados for centuries, with most evidence pointing towards the island being the “Birthplace of Rum”. And, apparently, it is all thanks to Christopher Columbus.
#2. Sell some alcohol
This one is a classic. You might think that with this business in mind you will get rich, quick and easy. After all, everyone likes a good old drink. The idea is pretty straightforward. You get yourself a nice, large bucket full of ice, stick in some cans of lager, then go and sit in a shady corner near a sports event. The masterstroke is the display of a handcrafted piece of brown cardboard featuring the words ‘cold beer’ – the ultimate marketing slogan.
And that’s it. You just have to wait for the hordes of sweaty tourists to come to you for an overpriced, warmish beverage of the nastier brand. Now, think again. You are not allowed to do that!
The Bahamas is hailed as the ‘Shark-Diving Capital of the World’. But how dangerous is this practice, for shark or for human?
A recent shark attack story in the Bahamas caused a stir after a professional underwater photographer had a run in with a Tiger Shark.
Well, ‘attack’ is a strong (and unfair) word. Photographer and conversationalist Russell Easton was taking pictures of the 12ft creature when it swam over to investigate. Easton said he didn’t think the shark was attacking him but that: ‘he was just curious and wanted to know what I was’. As sharks use their mouths to find out what things are, chances are this critter wasn’t trying to attack, but simply trying to suss out the unknown.
In just over four months the Olympics will be upon us, bringing with it an influx of baffled tourists, travel chaos and mass confusion about just what qualifies dressage as a sport. But there is more to gain from the Olympics than a deflated sense of self-esteem when you realise that taking the stairs instead of the lift really doesn’t constitute as getting fit. Quite simply, you can make money.
The internet is already crowded with people advertising ways to fill your pockets at this year’s games, but the problem with most of these ideas is that they flaunt a little thing called the law. For most of the things you despicable Del Boys can come up with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) have already found a way to ban. All is not lost though, as we’re here to offer advice on the practical and perfectly legal ways (as far as we know) to make money at London 2012.