Well, the trains are out of order, our airports have collapsed, and London’s underground road is closed, with some (other) staff walks.
But does that mean we will stop wanting to travel? Emphasis is not!
Cheap transportation is one of the great benefits of modern life. Instant and central heating, mobile phones and comfortable trainers.
Cheap transportation has helped transform Brits from seemingly insurmountable races (always convinced we knew better) to a nation that is more willing to try something new, enjoy a new environment, eat different foods and learn from other cultures.
Sure, you can log into a travel blog and feel good about not polluting the planet, but isn’t the real experience better? And if all goes well, the best story for the family.
People who ridicule British addiction to all-inclusive vacations, business flights and casual vacations are middle class idiots who generally enjoy telling their friends ‘we don’t go overseas in the summer’ – probably because they have seconds. home in a beautiful British landscape, pricing locals who cannot afford a first home near their place of work.
Crowds of travelers pose for a photo to board a bus outside Barking Station in East London on Tuesday morning.
The Kings Cross station in London was photographed at an early Tuesday morning amid a rail strike across the UK
The second busiest airport at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday as delays continued to affect transportation from the UK due to staff shortages.
Okay, Trains are out of order, our airports have collapsed, and London’s underground road is closed, hampered by (another) staff walk. But does that mean we will stop wanting to travel? Emphasis is not!
My generation was the first post-war families to save for summer vacations in the Costa Brava, avoiding two weeks at Butlins or Pontins on a British beach for a few days under a canvas in southern France.
Once they had the courage to eat ‘foreign’ food with confidence, my parents never had a vacation in England again. Those first few trips were fraught with anxiety, though. Uncle Ray took cans of fresh British potatoes to his camp site in Le Lavandou in Southern France, not to mention British toilet paper and HP Sauce.
Soon, cheap wine and delicious seafood brought the magic, and my aunt and uncle graduated from the tent to the caravan, transporting it across Europe – although Switzerland was their favorite – ‘very clean’!
Strikes of railway workers this week and horrific queues at our airports will not prevent the British from traveling. It is now in our blood. Just as ‘shopping’ went from important work to leisure activities, traveling and taking vacations several times a year has become something that the British consider to be a human right.
The idea of taking a couple of weeks off once a year in the summer when factories were closed (as workers did in the 1950s) will never come back. Let the Yanks do their past work: The British have become addicted to small breaks and frequent travel abroad, and our culture is much better for that.
Despite being more expensive than the United States, and elsewhere in Europe, travel restrictions during the catastrophe meant that the British have even rediscover how fun it is to take vacations in their own country.
After Covid brought about two years of restrictions and locks, the only people who seemed surprised that so many of us could not wait to put our warm gears on the jacket and leave the UK were the biggest of the travel industry.
During the locks, experts predicted the beginning of a new era of nest-building and housing. We would never want to let our homes and sales of DIY gears and garden furniture increase.
But recently we got sick of seeing the same Wall, the same patch of grass and the same things on the shelves of books. The same ally is sitting in front of night after night.
No wonder the minute Boris announced that the journey had begun, we were fools. I immediately bought a ticket to Australia. Anything to get away from the night’s stress on the news. Sunny, happy and I was able to visit the Neighbors set before they completely closed.
Experts believe that Covid has turned us into good, that higher fuel prices, rising cost of living and horrific incidents at unoccupied airports will bring us back to being a nation that never leaves home.
Travelers are pitching along London’s Praed Road, near Paddington, amid a 30-year-long railway strike.
Many city workers quit their jobs earlier today because they feared they would be stranded in London if they did not arrive at the station on time to catch the last train home.
The joys of working from home for a long time have been greatly increased. Indeed, it is much easier for women with small families, easy for anyone who does not walk a lot. But in the long run, working at home breeds loneliness, and it is not good for our mental health.
Certainly not good for business, because creativity thrives where people chat by using a water cooler or coffee machine. Rumors are good for team building, exchanging ideas and monitoring who is doing wrong or fighting outside of work that colleagues can help.
Working from home is generally suitable for people who have good working homes.
Working from home has not improved British productivity. Check out the backlog in the Passport Office, for starters.
Working from home is not an option for the lowest paid employees, shift workers and those on zero-hour contracts.
These are the people who rely on the railway corporation and for whom the government has failed to continue to manipulate the system, allowing many different operators to conduct business without addressing ticket scandal scandals and poor timing. All that the government wants from operators is a hefty fee that could reduce them.
It is not surprising that the East Coast line – from London to Edinburgh – has been run by one company after another, and none have benefited.
Covid handled our railway line which is already plagued by death and passenger numbers have not recovered. Although the government set aside more than £ 2 billion to keep bus and rail networks running during the disaster, it was not enough and in March last year they provided more than £ 150 million to help keep bus and rail services stable.
This week’s strike is affecting millions of working people who have no choice but to travel to earn a living. But it will not diminish our love of traveling long term.
Transportation has enriched our lives beyond measure. I will never forget the excitement of talking to a French schoolboy for the first time, to a beautiful young man from Paris I met on my first foreign vacation, with mom and dad trying (and failing) to pursue any hanky-panky.
Passengers are speeding up the stairs to make one of the last trains from London from Clapham Junction this evening amid fears they will get stuck.
The arrival board at Euston station in London shows only four trains, one being canceled and the remaining three being delayed.
Or take a train to Belgium and walk around Bruges looking for a disco (no chance) as a teenager aspiring to commit misconduct.
After that first vacation in Costa Brava with my parents, I got a bug. Since then, I have never stopped traveling. In the next few weeks, I have found trips to Vienna and the Highlands set.
Transportation is what makes life worth living. Strikes are the worst reality of life. There have been queues at airports, cargo damage, and errors entering every summer since I remember. And it has not stopped us from traveling, away from it.
Railway workers have the right to strike, whether we like it or not. It was up to Boris Johnson and his ministers in a driver-driven limo to hit a few heads as well as resolve the Byzantine riots which is the British railway system. Appoint a visionary to restore it and run it successfully, and bring it to the 21st century.
Currently, the government is reorganizing the deck seats on the Titanic. They have no intention of realizing that we deserve the best.