Make Your Own Vacations
A vacation is a bit like a sandwich, the travel there is the bread, the destination the filling and transport back another bit of bread. You can take analogies too far but I often find then entertaining, if you want to add your own sound bites on the analogy feel free to comment.
You could pop in to garage and buy a cheap £1, Egg and Cress, Ham and mustered, Cheese and pickle or Tuna and Sweet Corn. They might satisfy the appetite but will not do much to enhance your day. You could go along the cheap “all inclusive” Meal Deal and get a drink and a snack, It can save you money but I often find the crisps months later, uneaten in the back of the car.
It doesn’t save you money unless you really want all of the bits, just like All Inclusive Holidays may be a false economy.
This way of getting a sandwich is like buying a package holiday, you can go along the it’s “cheap and filling route” or the upmarket Ultimate Meal Deal from M&S. Here you are paying more for better ingredients and superior packaging plus the status of carrying an M&S bag rather than a Shell Logo bag.
You might want to read my page on Where to go on Holiday, where status costs real money but the packing might not be worth the extra.
Transport The Bread of Vacations
Either side of your holiday vacations is the transport you take to get there, it is the thing that holds your holiday together and just like bread it comes in different forms from dark brown rye bread to pale floppy white buns full of air rather than flour.
Wheat bread is made using strong flour, water, salt and yeast. In the 1960’s The Chorleywood bread process was introduced, allowed the use of softer flour and speeded up the time taken to produce a mass produced loaf. Now about 80% of all UK bread is produced in this way, hence the rise of cheap
flights bread. Not only was cheaper flour use but additives started to creep in to improve the flavour and shelf life of the bread. This was not about improving the bread but making cheap bread taste like proper bread. Very much like the sale of “duty free” and Meals on airlines helps subsidise the cheap flight.
I like thick white bread cut from a loaf made by a baker. I also like cheap flights and so put-up with Ryan Air waking me up to sell lottery tickets. Ryan Air is the Chorleywood of cheap flights.