December 21st, 2007

storyteller doll

Ethical Dilemma

I've been corresponding with one company re: planning a trip to Madagascar. He came back with an itinerary that is somewhat more expensive than I was hoping for but, more significantly, doesn't quite have the emphasis I was asking for. (In short, lemurs are cute, but local festivals and music are more important and all their proposal does is get me in the right general vicinity. He had indicated earlier that it was hard to plan some of these things this far out, so I'm not really surprised by that, but I was still expecting it to be mentioned in what he provided). He's clearly put in a lot of work as it's a customized off the beaten track type of venture. (Let's put it this way - one night's accommodations are described as "bivouac by side of river.")

There is another company that may have some more background in music festivals and such. They may even have a scheduled group departure that has much of what I'm looking for, though it's hard to say as they don't seem to have updated the relevant part of their website in at least 5 years.

Is it unethical to even inquire about what the second company could do?