On Holidays

There’s a humongous amount of talk swirling round about holidays here in Ireland at the moment and it seems to have become a national obsession about whether foreign holidays will be allowed or whether it will have to be holidays in Ireland due to Covid19.

The latest effort to go away on holidays that has been reported is Irish people booking in for dental work in sunny climes – essential travel in their eyes – but not showing up for their appointments.

Holidays are not important to me at all, at all. I used to enjoy them as a kid when we took family holidays in Ireland but since adulthood, I have never been too pushed about them and certainly don’t feel that 2 weeks in some sun spot or in some busy city is anything special.

Maybe, it’s because I live in a beautiful place which offers delights all around me and because it is on the coast has that ever-changingness about it.

I often wonder if holidays are a sort of expectation and will never forget my first day back in College after First Year when all the talk was about Summers in the US or Greece. I had spent a blissful Summer coaching tennis in Ireland and playing in a host of tennis tournaments mainly around Dublin. I didn’t feel deprived at all but was always a bit surprised that holidays or the lack of them were among criteria for defining poverty.

I know that there is the view that travel broadens the mind and refreshes one but is this blown out of all proportion and driven by social media, travel industry and so-called celebreties and influencers?

If I were to identify my dream holiday, it would be to some remote parts of coastal Ireland that I have never been to and that includes a few of our little islands. I don’t care if it rains or not as I see tremendous beauty in rain, raindrops and rainbows.

Copper Coast, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

22 thoughts on “On Holidays”

  1. Totally agree with you Jean. Even in the late 70s when I rocked up in Jersey I was amazed at how everyone disappeared off-Island during the summer and for half-term. Back in Birmingham you were dead posh if you flew anywhere. Holidays seem more of an entitlement than an expectation now.

    Funnily, I’m just writing the memoirs of an old chap who sailed to the USA with his brother in 1958. Apart from diplomats and one or two wealthy people they were the only Brits on board. (They changed their return trip to fly with BOAC on one of their first transatlantic flights.)

    But maybe our enforced travel restrictions will have forced some, at least, to appreciate what pleasures we have on our own doorsteps.

  2. Great attitude: Maybe, it’s because I live in a beautiful place which offers delights all around me and because it is on the coast has that ever-changingness about it. I love it. Too many times locals try to visit every nook and cranny of the world, and haven’t done the same for their own country! I hope sometime you will get to take your dream holiday! I just spent an hour cleaning off my van for my morning taxi run. The run has been moved up to 9 am from the earlier scheduled time of 7:15, giving the road crews time to clear their back road! And by the way, this post was a refreshing read this morning!

  3. Great read and you do live in a beautiful place indeed. I think sometimes wanderlust is a thing we’re born with. I’m the eldest of 5 siblings and I’m the only one with an insatiable yearning to travel. I’ve been like that for as long as I remember. I’ve always loved the thrill of seeing and experiencing places I’ve read about and imagined through books (long before the days of internet, social media, or even travel TV programs) and I keep a running bucket list. My sibs are content to stay home.

      1. We’ve been fortunate to travel through almost all of the continental USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, and a wee bit of South America. If and when this pandemic allows travel again, we hope to get to Europe (mainly Britain, Norway, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), Australia, and Thailand. Those would be the top ones on a long list 😊

            1. Oh dear, we’ll have to go again. The Republic of Ireland is an independent country from the United Kingdom since 1921. There are 6 counties in Northern Ireland which are part of the UK.
              It’s a long saga but unfortunately many, many lives were lost as a result of it all and over 3,000 people were killed in what are known as the Troubles associated with Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the mid 1990s.

  4. I think traveling is like many things: the experience is unique. Of course there is the corporate push to get us to travel just for the sake of a sale. But on the other hand, my opportunities to travel to places like St. Paul, Alaska, Unalaska, and South Africa taught me much about myself, other cultures and experiences, and the opportunity to expand my universal consciousness. I think all those experiences helped me to appreciate my home even more–a place I have always loved and spent time and energy exploring.

    1. Oh I agree Suz, I certainly think travel has big advantages, especially if one gets to meet people from the other countries.
      I have found work or sport-playing travel much more beneficial over the years than holidays per se, taken in conventional sense.

        1. On vacation here is from college, when you are not attending lectures but grappling with assignments. On holiday is freedom from all duties and generally involves going away somewhere. That’s my understanding from this side of the ocean. We’d never talk about ‘going on vacation, if it was a family going to a hotel for a week but there could be a professor writing up a report while on vacation in his/her second home in remote Ireland or abroad in a rented place.

  5. I agree, you’d be surprised, or maybe not about the number of Irish people who travel to warmer climates to visit an Irish bar. Home from home they call it, I wonder why they don’t just stay at home if that’s what they want out of a holiday abroad.

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