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Why do people go abroad every year?

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What is this irrisistible compulsion that some British people have to jet off on a foreign holiday every year, particularly around now when there's an occasional rain shower or two?  It's almost as though the moment someone on Facebook mentions they're going on holiday, suddenly the green-eyed monster appears and they've got to get away somewhere hot and sunny as well.

Britain is a lovely country and there's plenty of places right here on our doorstep that you can go if you want to take a break.  Need to see a beach?  We've got plenty of those too and the majority of them are very clean and if you choose the right day not too busy.  Who needs to join the hordes of lager louts and chavs heading for the usual destinations, getting drunk all night and lying on the sand like beached "red" whales the next day?

Some people enjoying a beach holiday lie on a beach all day or lounge by the pool...

On a side note this is something I just don't understand.  If you're going on a foreign holiday at least get out and see the place, don't just lie on a beach all day or lounge by the pool reading a book.  That's such a waste of a "change of scenery".

When I was growing up we didn't go fly off somewhere every summer and it's not something I particularly want to do now.  There's nothing wrong with the odd holiday in the sun but I just don't see the point of doing it every year.  And as for those who do it two, three, or more times a year then you're obviously earning too much money.  Besides, all this extra air travel isn't exactly doing the environment any good is it?

I don't feel bad or depressed when I hear that friends are going on holiday but I can appreciate that some people do.  My advice, get out and have a holiday somewhere in this country.  We may not have the weather all the time, but sometimes we do have some cracking weeks and when it does rain - it's only a bit of water and it'll soon dry up.  In fact it's actually quite entertaining trudging into town in the pouring rain to some village pub you've never been to, dodging the puddles as you go!

By: Stay Here


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Annoyed

Annoyed

Why are you so interested in what people do in their spare time with their money? There's plenty of reasons we don't holiday in the country we live (England). When I think 'holiday' I think lovely warm country to relax in, where the pace is slower, with amazing views and great sandy beaches. A trip to Brighton with pebbles, rain, loud people rushing about just does not do it for me. We all like different things, what exactly is the problem?
Annoyed
9th Jun 14 01:03

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Why

Why

I go abroad because a weekend stay [2 nights] in a rundown 3 star, poorly serviced, over-priced country hotel in engalnd will set me back loadsamoney.
Why
2nd Jun 14 14:01

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marmalade

marmalade

I agree with point 5 in particular Samson, these people seem to think their little darlings are there for everyone else's enjoyment!
marmalade
2nd Jun 14 11:53

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Samson (Delilah's too busy to post)

Samson (Delilah's too busy to post)

I go abroad to Cyprus every year for a myriad of reasons:-

1. I know the weather will be fine for the whole of my holiday so I can get outside and enjoy myself.
2. I know that businesses will provide me a decent service, not just the bare minimum they can get away with.
3. I know that prices will be fair and reasonable and I won't be subjected to rip-off Britain.
4. I know that I'll be away from work properly, uncontactable, no answer phone messages from the office etc. I don't have roaming on my mobile for this very reason.
5. I know I won't be spending time among people that think their children have priority over everyone else and we should just live with it.
6. I can smoke without people moaning at me or looking at me like I have just murdered their whole extended family.

I could go on, but I won't.
Samson (Delilah's too busy to post)
2nd Jun 14 11:47

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collar

collar

I agree D&B - Countries do seem to be more attractive because divisions in this country cause bad feeling. Minimal complaints received and maximum impact when applied.
People actually don't care a monkeys If parents keep control of their unruly offspring - It would stop putting aspersions on any kid because adults in governments, councils, religious organisations take advantage of it.
collar
2nd Jun 14 11:39

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Dead and Buried

Dead and Buried

because this country is such a depressing sh1thole lol
Dead and Buried
2nd Jun 14 10:59

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Craig D

Craig D

Ramon, I got a stable like you would not believe, finna give you ho's to go wit your swag bwai
Craig D
27th Jun 13 14:30

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Ramon

Ramon

yes Britain has biiches too but they are cold damp biiches not warm sunny biiches. By the way there are hot girls abroad but in uk you only have biiches.
Ramon
27th Jun 13 13:01

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Fred E

Fred E

You could always travel to a foreign destination and stay in the UK - go to Wales!
Fred E
18th May 13 19:41

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Nicky Noo

Nicky Noo

The last holiday I took in the UK was a 7 day washout in the summer of 2007. I spent more on petrol and anti-rain entertainment than I would have spent in overseas. Since 2008 I've had sun every day on holiday, and as everyone knows, there's been virtually no summer weather during July-August in the UK since 2007. Perhaps the climate really has changed - the weather certainly has.

The UK is fine for short breaks or days out, ideally planned at short notice when the weather forecast is for acceptable weather, but unless you're a bad weather outdoor type or a fan of canal holidays etc, I'd suggest overseas.
Nicky Noo
18th May 13 17:21

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Ramboryan

Ramboryan

My favourite destination used to Cyprus but now it and getting to is is beyond me. I am taking my wife daughter and 2 grand kids to Turkey in October for 9 days all inclusive. Total cost £1,920! That includes 20Kgs of luggage each and inflight meals for 5. Sun guaranteed for 7 dyas at least. The last time I took a week in the UK it cost me over a £1000 including petrol and it rained for 5 days. Ice creams cost £2 each, and parking anywhere was monitored very carefully by council car thieves.

I find that other countries are far cheaper, their weather is more stable, they are more gracious than the UK and most of them are indiginuos to there country, unlike the UK where a smile costs extra and you now need a foriegn translater to help with your order.

The only downsides to going abroad are the travelling and Brits who dont know how to behave!

So why do people go abroad? Now let me see.....

Oh and by the way we dont all lie on a beach all day. Personally I love travelling around exploring my chosen holiday destination.
Ramboryan
7th Mar 13 12:41

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frequent fly'er

frequent fly'er

Couldn't think of anything worse than just lying on a beach doing sod all, all day long. My worst nightmare. (yes I am British)!
My ideal holiday is action packed, full of fun and adventure, site seeing, exploring cultures etc. You can visit the local sunbed shop for £3 for the orange tan!
frequent fly'er
11th Sep 12 21:07

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bob

bob

You Brits travel many miles just to go and lie down on a beach somewhere, a beach that's likely to be full of other people doing the same thing. You go through all that stress of going to the airport, getting on a plane just to lie down on a beach?
bob
29th Aug 12 11:47

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Boblet

Boblet

All of the posts concerning holidays remind me of when I was living with my wife. We had different tastes in holidays so if it was my wife was posting here she would sound very different to me, I for my part hated most of our holidays but went along on them. The point I hope to make is, there is no such thing as the fit all holiday. We go along with the pushiest or strongest, at least I used to. You know the type they think there is a pub down this way, so you walk that way & find there isn't. So you pushy ones ask your partner then be prepared to accept that you will not like some holidays, do not be so selfish, you know who you are.
Boblet
9th Jun 12 14:38

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miserablemoaninggit

miserablemoaninggit

grumpyoldwoman, I absolutely agree with you. The weather in this country is reason enough to get out of this country during holiday time. I went on holiday in Scotland 2 years ago and it rained all week. I went to Cornwall last year and it rained for almost the whole week. That was enough! No more 'staycationing' as the Americans say.

I'm off to California this summer - great food, service, scenery, and sunshine.
miserablemoaninggit
8th Jun 12 21:37

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