Some people hate going on holiday. Until recently I don’t think I’d ever really heard many people say they felt like this. 😎
Understandably, there’s been a lot of recent venting online about cancelled holidays or the ‘need’ to get away and speculation around flights and hotels reopening around the world.
In some ways, holidays and travel have become more popular social media talking points than usual.
Not surprising really.
What did surprise me, was the scatterings of strong anti-holiday and anti-travel sentiments I stumbled across, here and there!
Holidays and travel – a love hate relationship?
I get it, a lot of people enjoy their holidays once they’re on them, but could do without some of the effort required to make it happen and actually get there.
Maybe you’re one of those people who just seems to have unlucky experiences each time you try to have a pleasant holiday and have now decided holidays are just not for you…. 🙄
Maybe you just don’t like too much change to your daily life….or some other reason why you can’t stand the thought of going on a long trip.
Do you hate going on holiday?
I think most of us have encountered someone who moans their way through a holiday – constantly comparing everything to ‘home’, nothing is ever quite good enough and its as if they got off the plane/out the car expecting everything to be just like what they left behind, regardless of what country/culture town or city they just landed in. 😕
Recently, I’ve come across quite a few comments (mainly on Twitter), saying how much some people actually ‘hate’ going on holiday, and one or two people I know personally have echoed the same thing, they hate:
- Having to plan the holiday
- Having to book the holiday
- Having to organise things around the holiday
- Having to pack for the holiday
- Having to get to their holiday destination
- Going somewhere new where they don’t know anyone
That’s a lot of holiday hate!!
Are you a holiday hater?
Personally, I can’t imagine ever feeling like a holiday hater, my curiosity is too rampant for that and I relish in the beginning to end stages. That welcome feeling of ‘escape’, and warm weather will never cease.
Hands up – guilty as charged – I absolutely love the planning, researching, comparing options and weighing it all up, reading reviews, guide books, you name it, I love it…..and no, I’m not a travel agent (perhaps I should have been).
I love all that ‘before stuff’ just as much as my time at the destination itself – I must be a holiday geek!! 🔆
That said, I do have a bit of a love hate relationship with packing.
Packing isn’t the problem, I love that, but hate the luggage allowances, we’re in a constant state of conflict, but somehow we always seem to pull it off, even if painfully! I guess the love of travel conquers all!!
I get that ‘Christmas Eve’ feeling when I’m packing – it’s that last exciting stage before the big event – bringing it to life ( I can just imagine some of the eye rolls and looks of disgust from some readers right now lol) 😆
I’d say the only bit I don’t really enjoy is unpacking my suitcase when I get back because its a sad and undeniable reminder that it’s all well and truly over – I’m literally removing some of the strongest vital evidence from the ‘holiday scene’ – so to speak.
So where do you stand?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below. Are you team love or team hate…or somewhere in between?
I guess there’s no right or wrong answers, it’s completely down to personal preferences and how ‘you’ feel – no matter how unconventional that might be, that’s what makes it such an interesting topic. 🤔
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I am just that! Going on vacation can be very stressful too! The worst is when work doesn’t like you taking time off!
I sympathise with those ‘taking time off’ tensions – I think it helps a lot if you book the leave and get it confirmed well in advanced ….so far in advance that often my manager has forgotten about it when the time comes and sarcastically asks ‘did I authorise that?’ and I’ll say “yes you did – thanks – about 6 months ago so I’m off!!!” 😉
I know same here! I book six months or even a year before and they forget!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts – and yes, sharing the photos and re-living those experiences is definitely one of the best things because you can do it forever….and congratulations on winning the twitter giveaway!
#lovetravel love exploring new places and culture, eating out at traditional places trying new foods and seeing the sights. We are saving for the ultimate trip to Canada to zipline over the Niagra falls and visit ontario we are saving so we can fly to another city so we can see a little more of the huge country. The best thing about being away on holiday is coming home to what you know and the people you love, sharing your photos and experiences comparing it to other places youve been etc.
#LoveTravel – once I’m there!
Lol, absolutely 🔆
#lovetravel I do like seeing new places but hate the preparation
You either love it or hate it lol 🤗
#lovetravel Half the fun is in the planning and then seeing it all come together.
I’m with you on that 🔆 🛄
God #lovetravel so much, even when it doesn’t go to plan! I used to want to be an adventure tour leader in south america when I was young!
Sound like the love of travel is in your blood!
Interesting that people have felt that the planning and booking aspect is unenjoyable- I often find this is one of the best parts! The idea of going on holiday is always so enthralling but I just admit perhaps the actual holiday doesn’t always live up to idyllic expectations. I still consider myself team #lovetravel
Same here – I love the build up just as much.
i would have to say that the excitement of what is to follow is more than enough to get me through the tasks that people mightnt like in preparation for a holiday. In fact, the planning is something i really enjoy!
I’m with you on this one 🔆
I agree 💯
Keep churning the dream to travel – its only a matter of time 🙂
I hope all your travel dreams come true for you etravelersclub💫
This is amazing!
I cherish the discussion… I love traveling. I have visited 3 countries so far!
Sounds like you’re 100% ‘team love travel’ – thanks for reading. I hope each place you’ve travelled so far has left you with some lovely memories 🔆
Yes! It’s indeed a wonderful experience.
I love traveling but for now domestic travel is the norm. Still it’s better for my mental health than just being bored haha!
I couldn’t agree more Vinneve – enjoy your travels when they start 🔆🍦
It already started since June but only around here. Please check older post and more to come please wait for it thanks!
I think I’m somewhere inbetween. I hate not going on holiday at least once a year. I feel excited to go on holiday. I hate the travelling. I hate when we get there and trying to find places to eat not knowing the area and being vegetarians. There is something to be said for going back to the same places each year but I do also like to go somewhere new. #hatetravel
Thanks for sharing this Claire, I can imagine it must feel nice to keep going back to somewhere familiar (home from home), making it easier to relax and settle. 🔆⛱
Interesting read as my husband and I are both now over 50 we can be more selective over our holidays, however the next couple of years I think we will definately being staying in the UK and discovering new places #lovetravel
That sounds wise Tracey, I’ve pretty much ruled out going abroad for the rest of this year…I’ll wait and see how things look by autumn/winter next year. The UK has a lot to explore, though more expensive than going abroad at times. Happy UK travels for now
So much to do; so much to see; so many countries to wander through and enjoy!
Yes, Cherryl, I’m a lover of travel.
Only one little downside for me living in Australia is the actual travel time it takes for the majority of my holidays. My life in Australia is absolutely wonderful (wouldn’t have it any other way), however, it is always such a long plane journey to the Northern Hemisphere to my usual holiday destinations! Having said that, it’s only a slight hitch in the scheme of things. The journey is always worth the effort.
Wow Carolyn – Australia really is quite a long journey to/from a lot of destinations, I guess you’d want to try and get away for a long stretch to make it worth all the flying time, glad it hasn’t deterred you 🔆
Yes, indeed, Cherryl. That is precisely what we do and why we do it.
I’ve often thought how wonderful it would be to be living, for instance, in Great Britain. The idea of being able to get away for a weekend trip to so many countries within such a short distance would be heaven, so to speak!
As it is, though, living in Oz has so many wonders in and of itself, I console myself with the comforts and enjoyment I have here at home.
I do, though, revel in my ‘long’ overseas holidays when they present.
You certainly do have a lot to enjoy in Oz, but yes places like the UK give you a lot of easy-reach options (to make up for the lack of sunshine lol) 🔆
very interesting perspective. I love holidays. But I prefer long holidays or what people call ” slow Holiday.”
Yes, the ‘slow travel’ concept sounds v. therapeutic.
#lovetravel but usually choose close to home
Where do I stand? Well, I think it is clear that I am a traveller. Whether on holiday, on business, or on “exploration” (long summer vacations of my distant youth).
Having said that, I hate luggage restrictions. I hate airports. (Except Changi airport in Singapore, but it is a bit out of the way). And I hate modern planes. Having said that, I stick to my word. I am a traveller. (You too, right?)
PS. I tried to sneak ‘crikey’ in this comment. No dice. But I will. Eventually. 🙏🏻
I’m with you on the luggage restrictions….such a pain, but a small price to pay (literally a big price at times) for the escapism that comes with it. I’m definitely team love-travel, I just hope I don’t have to wear masks and become overly OCD about germs the next time I go somewhere…doesn’t sound like much fun, so it might be a while. 🏝🔆
Right now all we can do is wait. And be patient. (And patience is the least of my virtues) 😉 Have a nice week.
Ha ha 🤣 you’ll well and truly master that virtue by the end of this – and me too…well maybe, we’ll see!!💫 Enjoy the new week too 🔆
I #lovetravel in that I love seeing new places and going on holiday but I don’t enjoy airports. I would rather go by boat any day.
Yes – I could definitely do without a some of that!! The scanning machine always seems to find something in my hand luggage to take issue with😝 last time it was a tripod for my camera – I think they thought it looked like a riffle.
I definitely #lovetravel, nothing better than exploring somewhere new
Yes, it never gets boring ☀️
OMG their are people out there who hate travelling?? never met them. lol #lovetravel
Yes, it’s hard to believe…from the other side of the spectrum, I’d like to think they might learn to try/enjoy it one day🤞🏝🏙
I’m #lovetravel team, unfortunately I’m always and I mean ALWAYS packing too much 😀
Lol, join the club, story of my life (and proud of it 😆).
I get worried if I travel to far
Hopefully you can find nice places to visit that aren’t too far away, even staycations close to home, and maybe increase it a little bit over time if you want to 🤗
I do love to travel to different places but am not a fan of getting there and getting back, it takes so much organisation with a family
Hopefully the experience when you get there makes up for all the effort 😊 🐠
I’m not keen on travelling, but I love getting there!I have the completely opposite view the whoever wrote ‘It is better to travel than to arrive’. And, I have a friend who says he doesn’t like travelling, but loves having travelled. (Does that make sense?)
Yes I think so 🔆 Getting there can be stressful/tiring, the arrival is always a much anticipated relief, where all the ‘good stuff’ begins….but at the same time – the journey is full of anticipation and excitement at the unknown which can also be really enjoyable.
Yes I guess looking back on journeys made and being glad you made them is quite satisfying – even if perhaps they were far from satisfying at the time ✈️🚊🛥
The planning, for me as well, is invigorating. I can’t imagine taking a trip without planning. Even when we’ve taken a tour, I’ve planned, investigated every option that matches my plan, and figured out what I can do to enhance the adventure. Like you said, unpacking is the saddest . . .
Absolutely – there’s a real buzz and kick to be had from the planning stage 😊 🔆
I love traveling of course. But the more travelling I do, the less planning I do. 😊 Go, see, do.
Ahhh, yes, I admire people like you – just go with the flow and keep going – sounds like fun too – (maybe my obsession with planning is linked to having very limited time/budget and wanting to get lots of things ticked off a list – probably why I feel like another holiday by the time I get home) lol 🔆
I know of people who never go away on their vacation but I actually haven’t heard people they say they hate travelling. Like you we love travelling and it seems odd that some don’t, but I guess it’s good because otherwise it would be much more crowded than it already is!
Lol, yes, especially not that crowded beaches are such a sore subject! I was quite shocked to hear people say they actually hate it. Different strokes…😊