In my childhood, travelling on a DC10 eventually became known as a deathwish, as doors fell off as regularly as in a Charlie Chaplin film. One would have thought that alone would have spawned a Stay-cation industry, but it never seemed to deter people - it was the Sixties, times were fun, Man was going to the Moon. Holidaying Britons and Americans were welcomed, admittedly more for their Foreign Currency. Since 9/11, Kosovo, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Palestine, the word is out, and the financial climate has changed, and is changing through into 2012 . .
The Financial Times hi-liting that Thomas Cook's shares have nosedived, losing 80% of their value this year alone, with an estimation of at least 5% price hikes. RYANAIR look to be exhibiting 12% rises in the coming months. It's getting to the point where next year's EXTRA costs of a foreign family holiday will pay for an entire British break!! As the €uro looks on it's last legs, Greece, Italy and Ireland can't expect anymore tax payers money. France is doing their bit to try and stay afloat by stinging 200,000 Brits for a third tax on their beloved holiday homes, which will see many paying thousands more a year. It's clear that Brits aren't so readily welcomed anymore, and that's just financially.
13,000 stranded in Turkey
after holiday firm collapse
"Venomous Debauchery" -(Nostradamus 1555) ♠
A little more sinister is the mad dangerous drink and drugs culture in the countries bordering the Islamic World. Spain's satellite late night porn has long been a thorn in the side of North Africa, even after being relegated to 30West and the Atlantic area. The Casinoes of Monte Carlo just an abomination to those scratching a subsistence living across the Mediterranean Sea. Now more than ever the cultures are colliding, and what respect we might have had in that part of the World has evaporated. An internet search now shows hundreds of cases of rape, murder and hostage taking. Even without the Islamics lending a visible hand, the cut-drug culture of the Baleariacs is putting 3 Brits a week on ventilators or in coffins. That's more casualties then all the missile massacred Moslem Wedding Parties put together. If you're expecting any type of justice abroad your faith must surely be shaken by the couple from Salop that died within days of each other in Morocco, in seperate 'accidental' falls.
Post 2012 and things seemingly getting worse; the advent of bizarre and extreme pornography supposedly regulated, but the sexual hazing of one girl by two dozen men making the headlines for the Mediterranean resort of Magaluf.
Flood, Fire, Earthquake, Diarrhoea ♣
The weather and other disasters take their fair share of casualties, with holiday makers regularly having to make for the airport as Hurricanes and Earthquakes, Fire and Flood, hit the areas they're trying to enjoy. It will be touch and go whether Insurance Companies will deign to pay out, and being rescued by the foreign office can often be face-saving or political posturing rather than any urgent humanitarian motives.
Should you need medical treatment and a stretcher for any reason, the airlines may baulk at carrying you, and renting a Lear jet can be a bit prohibitive to cash flow.
Here in Lincolnshire, the Council has just instituted a 5star sticker for hygiene in eateries. Very few 'warm climate' countries have those benefits. Another search shows a whole mini industry of lawyers and advisors relying on people being maimed by Food Poisoning abroad. If you think you've had a 'Delhi Belly' from the local high st. curry house, wait until you get a proper dose. NHS Travel Advice
Foriegn Holidays, Disasters Abroad
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