HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS I’ve just read this advice in a magazine. Are they serious?

“It goes without saying, but get yourself booked in at a hair and beauty salon in time for your holiday away to make sure you’re looking your best before you go. Semi-permanent eyelashes , acrylic nails, bikini wax and an eyebrow pluck are essentials not to miss out on and a fresh cut and colour will make you feel freshly pampered for the flight out.”

Does anyone take this sort of advice seriously? Some of the suggested treatments sound more like torture.  I mean why have your bikini line waxed  if you don’t intend to wear a bikini? My own preparations for a flight would be a good thick book, a set of earplugs and a strong anaesthetic. But then, I’ve never been over enthusiastic about holidays. Here’s something I wrote a few years ago:

I hate holidays
From the frantic preparation
The lists and arguments
Where shall we go?
What shall we do?
What must we take?
To the final exhausted return
And the short-lived glad-to-get-home Feeling.
The sudden seeing your own things through different eyes.
And appreciating the little luxuries of home
Like running water, indoor sanitation
And knowing you can swear if you want to.
But holidays are hell.
Travelling hopelessly and never arriving
The pointless trekking from place to place
And never finding rest.
A holiday may be exciting
May even be in some perverse way enjoyable
You tell people afterwards how much you enjoyed it
But that’s only a keeping up with the Joneses
It’s what everyone does
It’s what’s expected of you,
But restful – it certainly isn’t.
You get back from a holiday ready for a rest.





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I am a poet, therefore I am crazy - see Shakespeare "the lunatic, the lover and the poet..." I also write plays and stories and do the press reports for my local WI. I ride a recumbent trike, a Hase Kettwiesel - I love it!

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