Posted by: travelrat | March 1, 2018

The Holiday Starts Here


With just about a month to go before we start our next trip, we were expecting an envelope from the tour company, containing our tickets, vouchers, final itinerary and suchlike. So, imagine out surprise when a parcel arrived from them, containing not only the expected items, but a couple of backpacks, as well.

This placed me in a bit of a quandary. I already have a backpack; it’s heavier, but holds less. It would seem, on the surface, that it’s a no-brainer. Take the lighter one. However … it’s probably a corollary to Parkinson’s Law … the more volume you have, the more you’ll find yourself toting around stuff you don’t really need.

Also included were the name badges. I’m not all that keen on them; I wore one for most of my working life (and still got asked how to spell my name!!). They are useful, however, for the rep to spot his or her clients in the throng, especially on arrival. At least, they didn’t hand out the tabards or dayglo baseball caps that some companies choose to issue.

All this came with a little note saying ‘Your Holiday Starts Here’. So, I suppose it’s time to start sorting out some respectable clothes, making sure they’re clean, charge batteries, get some euros, brush up on a little German etc. etc.

Oh, for the days when you could just ‘get up and go’!!

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