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People Returning From Hols This Week...

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Well, the holidays are over and its back to the grindstone...

Nothing new there. What was noticeable though is the amount of people who decided to "take is easy", "do things at home", "go for day trips", etc. all euphemisms for "no money for any hols abroad, I'm afraid...". Amongst my immediate colleagues and friends, I have a statistic of 1 out of 20 that have actually treated themselves to a "proper" holiday (in this case it was a diving holiday in the Caribbean).

Anyone else noticed this?

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Well, the holidays are over and its back to the grindstone...

Nothing new there. What was noticeable though is the amount of people who decided to "take is easy", "do things at home", "go for day trips", etc. all euphemisms for "no money for any hols abroad, I'm afraid...". Amongst my immediate colleagues and friends, I have a statistic of 1 out of 20 that have actually treated themselves to a "proper" holiday (in this case it was a diving holiday in the Caribbean).

Anyone else noticed this?

what's your cut-off level for 'proper' holiday - would a hotel in the UK for 2 weeks count?

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What was noticeable though is the amount of people who decided to "take is easy", "do things at home", "go for day trips", etc. all euphemisms for "no money for any hols abroad, I'm afraid...". Amongst my immediate colleagues and friends, I have a statistic of 1 out of 20 that have actually treated themselves to a "proper" holiday (in this case it was a diving holiday in the Caribbean).

Anyone else noticed this?

Most of the guys I work with have taken holidays in the UK this year, although they are a senior generation to me so this is probably more through routine/choice than necessity.

I think the more pertinent question is, how many of the people you NO LONGER work with took foreign holidays this year :unsure:

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Well, the holidays are over and its back to the grindstone...

Nothing new there. What was noticeable though is the amount of people who decided to "take is easy", "do things at home", "go for day trips", etc. all euphemisms for "no money for any hols abroad, I'm afraid...". Amongst my immediate colleagues and friends, I have a statistic of 1 out of 20 that have actually treated themselves to a "proper" holiday (in this case it was a diving holiday in the Caribbean).

Anyone else noticed this?

Can't say I have to be honest. It's business as usual at my company and the finance department are being called 'gloom and doom merchants' for wanting to cut back on expenses. One colleague said that the huge amounts of personal debt in the uk weren't a problem because 'people can pay it back if they put their mind to it'. :(

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As a random anecdoatal, I have not been out of the UK this year. I have had at least one foreign holiday trip (even if just a long weekend) in every other year since around 1996.

Thinking of hitting the east european christmas markets in December though, so may yet make it off the island!

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Stayed at home (really at home) this year and loved it, proper rest, great weather, Hampstead lido in the afternoons. Previous few years I have gone to Somerset, would be unlikely to go abroad again. I always used to go the US though, can't be bothered with the flights anymore. Price wise, I found going to the US comparable to a UK vacation, as prices are so much cheaper, particularly clean and decent motels.

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what's your cut-off level for 'proper' holiday - would a hotel in the UK for 2 weeks count?

Fair question. I guess my observation is that all of the people in my stats have had their compulsory holiday abroad every year - until this year.

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