Holiday 2009 Price Rises Jan 7, 2009 12:57:47 GMT 2
Post by Deleted on Jan 7, 2009 12:57:47 GMT 2
One year, Elaine and I were all booked up and ready for the off to a holiday in Majorca. I got made redundant about 4 weeks before, followed closely by the company folding. As you can imagine, I had no chance of getting any money from them for some time, if at all.
Elaine was working for a Pharmacy, but had only just started so was on low pay. Our holiday was a room only holiday in Santa Ponsa, flying with Palmair from Bournemouth. I went into Bath Travel (Palmair) to see about cancelling the holiday. Even after explaining my reasons, they could not accommodate my request, which I understood.
Elaine got paid on the Friday, we were flying out from Bournemouth on the Saturday. Elaine was paid just over £600. We draw the lot out in Pesetas as it was then. Thankfully we got lifts to the airport and pickups in two weeks time.
On arrival at our hotel we decided to go for a walk and check out the back streets of Santa Ponsa, find out where the Majorcans ate and drank. We found loads, and ate out every night at one of these restaurants where we had great food, lots to drink, at a fraction of what was being charged in the tourist restaurants.
The ironic thing was, even with buying fruit, taking some rolls, cheese and meat from the hotel restaurant which they did not mind if breakfast was nearing the end. We managed to buy some wines, cigarettes (we smoked then) to bring home. Even more so, it was one of best holidays.
Ever since then, where ever we go, whether it is in Greece, Spain, France, we always search out the local trade for eating out, drinking, shops, groceries, etc etc. You will be surprised at how much further ones money goes.