Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

You Need a Holiday to Recover from the Stress of Organising It in the First Place

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

You Need a Holiday to Recover from the Stress of Organising It in the First Place

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Byline: Ayesha Hazarika

HAVE come to a life-changing realisation. Forget everything you've ever been told. Holidays are bad for you.

"Take a holiday," they say. "Enjoy your leisure." Okay. But no one tells you the truth. You get the headlines about all the benefits but no one ever tells you about the side effects. They're like statins.

First there is the planning. A million glossy, twinkling websites promise to do it all for you and take out all the stress.

But we all know that's a false trade description. What starts off as a quick 30-minute scan-and-search ends up in a vortex of hell cross-checking all the deals, flight times, baggage allowances and transfer details. You have a new sympathy for the Brexit negotiators. If it's this hard to leave the country on A Secret Escapes deal to Kos, imagine how hard it's going to be to leave the actual EU. Eek.

And then, of course, there's phenomenon of Trip Adviser. It is now the law that you have to spend at least three days trawling through the hundreds of reviews and doing the kind of deepdive analysis you imagine only the FBI was capable of.

By the time you have completed some Enron-style investigation, you have 362 positive reviews of your hotel but are deeply anxious because Barry from Pontefract said the eggs were a bit on the rubbery side and you simply cannot be having that. Even if you don't like eggs. So it's time to start all over again. By this point you have spent more time looking for a holiday as you will actually be on the damn thing.

Then there's the shopping and packing. Holiday season is basically a massive female fiscal stimulus for the high street. Most women travel with a small laboratory and Boots should see its share price soaring thanks to smaller sales of miniature toiletries which are smaller in size yet more expensive -- that's sheconomics right there for you! …

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