It occurred to me as I trawled my emails, flagging the ones requiring an urgent response or action, that our holiday from which we returned on Tuesday, was lovely while it lasted. In Carrie Bradshaw style – remember her… the Sex and the City journalist who poses a question for her weekly column in The New York Star – it made me ponder, ‘are holidays really good for you?’
This time we took our caravan to East Sussex – click here for more photos. A long old drive when you’re towing a treasured possession, the size of a small living room, on some very interesting roads and encountering some very unBritish-like behaviour along the way. In truth the travelling is no more tiring than any long journey and the laundry no more mountainous than any accumulated over a fortnight.
But once home the daily grind, more tedious than ever after a fortnight of leisure, takes over. Within hours the holiday is a distant memory and the to-do list longer than ever which is why I pose the question, ‘are holidays good for you?’
There was an interesting discussion on BBC Radio 4s lunchtime programme, You and Yours, recently. The presenter asked whether listeners would rather spend their money on experiences e.g. holidays or possessions. Typically, I sit on the fence believing that both have their place. After all, would I be able to recall the highlights of our recently holiday without the photos taken on my iPhone? Even that’s up for debate.
Some argue that we no longer savour the moment and drink in the detail as we’ve always got our camera/phone recording it for us. Certainly we have come to the conclusion that Eric’s failing sense of direction is largely due to a reliance on SATNAV and in particular the Google Maps app on my iPhone. But at least whilst the phone is glued to the windscreen I can’t be checking my Twitter feed. Pros and Cons, for and against, the debate continues and I still haven’t decided whether holidays are good for you. I do know however that I like the look of my calendar (iCal of course) when it’s regularly punctuated by purple holiday highlighting. So, bring on the next vacation!
PS I can recommend an excellent collection of walks on the East Sussex County Council website which we used to guide us on several of our treks