International Tourism in Belize – Today’s Schedule:
5:30a.m.-6:00a.m.: Woke up to an AMAZING sunrise.
7:30a.m.-8:30a.m.: Had a GREAT breakfast prepared by the AMAZING cooks here on the island.
9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.: Went kayaking to a spot to go snorkeling. Saw and learned about a lot of different types of sea creatures, and then sailed (for the FIRST time!) back to the island.
All the new/crazy things I did/tried were a highlight during the trip because looking back now, I know that if I didn't, I would have regretted not doing/trying them.
12:30p.m.-1:30p.m.: Had another AMAZING lunch (the chefs always cook amazing meals).
1:30p.m.-5:30p.m.: Relaxed on the island; napped in a hammock, read a book, went stand up paddle boarding, etc. (The list goes on; there's SO much to do and see).
5:30p.m.-6:30p.m.: Happy hour; which includes talking to the guides about their background and watching the BEAUTIFUL sunset.
One of the highlights of the trip for me, was talking to the guides & the cooks and learning about the cultures on the island (5 different cultures on the island itself!), learning about their background (what they do in the off season, because for some of them; tourism is their main source of income.), as well as, learning about their point of view about tourism in their country.
6:30p.m.-7:30p.m.: Had Another GREAT "picnic-style, Belizean” supper.
8:00p.m.-9:30p.m.: Great Belizean music band, formed by our guides and island workers; including, a Fun (and sweaty) time dancing and learning cultural Belizean dances.
And, that was day 6 on Glovers Reef in Belize.
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As a Tourism Management Student in Belize, I learned that locals in Belize love tourists because locals know how important the tourism industry is for their country; this makes them welcome all tourists with open arms. I think we should adopt this mindset in Canada because we need to value tourists; tourism is an important source of income for a lot of people in different countries all over the world.
Tourism Management Student
NSCC Akerley Campus