Arthur Frommer is never shy about saying what's on his mind. The legendary guidebook writer practically invented European travel in the 1950s with his book "Europe on 5 Dollars a Day." At the time, trips to the Continent were not usually taken by the middle class. Frommer asked, why not?
He has never stopped traveling, and is always eager to share his opinion, the more controversial the better. He once wrote a travel guide to Branson, Missouri, that seemed to tell readers not to go.
His latest foray: comparing the two Mexican resort cities Cancun and Acapulco.
Cancun, he says in his blog, "is completely divorced from the travel experience. It partakes very little of Mexico. Visiting its several resplendent shopping malls, you think yourself in Southern California. Staying in its hotels, you could be anywhere on earth."
But Acapulco is an undeniably Mexican place, he notes. The food is Mexican, the fellow vacationers are mainly Mexican, and Spanish is the primary language.
He also rhapsodizes about the setting. "As your bus or van or car rounds a mountain and then reveals to you the sweeping Bay of Acapulco below you, one of the world's great natural sights, you are exhilarated by the experience."
I'm not going to argue with Arthur. But I will say I've never seen water as blue as I have in Cancun. And some of the world's best archaeological sights are within easy reach.
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Photos via Flickr: Cancun by KingLele_
Acapulco by Mark Hogan