A Building Which Just Happens to be in a Different Country

I overheard a conversation today in which someone who was talking about having just come back off a holiday somewhere, made the following comments…

“The hotel was fantastic.”

“We never left the hotel!”

And it occurred to me… when did holidays become about staying in a nice hotel? Is it just my perception or has this become too large a part of “the holiday experience”? What about visiting the particular country you are visiting, seeing the sights, taking in the culture, etc? I’ve always thought holiday brochures were a bit useless, as 90% of the pics therein tend to be of the hotel where you will be staying… I mean, you want your accommodation to be decent, but… should it be (pretty much) everything?

How long have things been this way in Modern (relatively) Western Society?



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