Holiday season is here. Crowded airports, sunburn, overeating, email withdrawal and a brace of dead hanging baskets to greet you upon your return. There’s no magic formula for the perfect holiday and if there was, it would be pretty crowded and the sunbeds would’ve gone.
Recently back from a very enjoyable week on the island of Crete at The Elounda Village, I got to thinking about how the magic holiday formula would work. Here are the normal variables: Price, Clientele, Service, Weather, Nightlife, Cleanliness, Duration, Distance, Food. A quick squizz at Tripadvisor will give you a feel for how your destination ranks against these and will help you decide if it’s a go-er or not. My choice displayed odds stacked thus:
Excellent: 362 Very good: 190 Average: 48 Poor: 13 Terrible: 7
Having bought into a holiday however (and the choice was actually fine) we were availed of numerous trips, excursions and entertainments of a less easily measurable quality. Being close as we were to the impressive Venetian fortress of Spinalonga which until 1959 served as a the last surviving Leper Colony, we opted into a day trip with minimal research. The island visit was inspiring and historically informative but the follow-up “Beach BBQ” was less so.