The parallels are remarkable! The thing is, my Dad married my Mum, and had 2 kids, me and my sister. I am at the same age now as when my Dad was married, married my wife and have two kids of same age. So 40 years on, I have a direct comparison of life.
I’m on a Gold Coast holiday in Queensland, Australia. Holy Shit, I thought as I arrived, this is like Benidorm!! And I wondered where I was 40 years ago this year, err, Benidorm! Yep, World Cup year, 40 years ago, I was in Benidorm, Spain, during the World Cup. 40 years later, I’m with my kids, World Cup year, in the Gold Coast, Surfer’s Paradise, Australia.
What’s changed? The swimming pools are more landscaped and there’s a bit more shade!! Same people, Aussies in Australia, not Brits in Spain, and no Spanish waiters to play football against!
Now you’d think that the quality of life would have improved, but other than aircon and TVs in the room, not much has changed, except Factor 30 instead of frying oil. We are probably the first generation with an equal or lesser financial quality of life than our parents, and I was thinking how those package holidays of 40 years ago were all inclusive. “Like Club Med.” my wife said as I tried to explain 1970s package holidays, “Yeah, but at a fraction of the price.” Everything was inclusive then, except the drinks. Flights, hotel, transport to and from the hotel, food. The lot. I guess many of the package tour and airlines of that era went bust, so maybe it wasn’t such a good business, but surely it’s possible to still put low coast all inclusive holidays together, here in Queensland. Maybe it happens, but I haven’t heard anyone bragging about it.
The airlines would love it. The hotel and accommodation places would love it, the restaurants and food places wouldn’t love it, because that’s where the money is made now, charging us day after day for food and drinks.
But you know, kids are kids, and what they want is to be in the swimming pool all day, with their friends. Just like me 40 years ago. C’mon Ingerland to Go Aussie.