" Do you know the
" Yes, it's half past ten."
" But, John, how do you know? You haven't looked at your watch." "Oh, that's easy. This guide book says that at tenthirty we shall be viewing the Raphael picture—and here we are! "
THAT is often the conception of organised travel, shared by those who gain some satisfaction from the fact that they prefer to stumble on their way alone to explore the world.
But don't ignore the great potentialities of this form of holiday and travel. First and most important fact is that it enabled some 1,250,000 people from the United Kingdom to travel abroad last year. The number is expected to grow to 1,500,000 in the coming holiday months.
Europe surely is large enough, and those who wish to find a secluded spot—a perfect haven—will still be able to do it.
Organised travel must, by the nature of its arrangements, frequent the same places from year to year. But there is sufficient variety for any regular participator not to be forced to duplicate during his lifetime— and, on the other hand, not enough to overrun every explorer's secluded paradise.
CONSIDERABLE meeting of peoples also surely helps in the exchange of ideas between countries and the understanding between nations—not only to admire each other's scenic beauties, to catch a glimpse of other traditions, but to seek occasion to estimate other ways of life.
The " exclusive" traveller may mutter that only a private visit resulting in the close contact and intermingling of different nationalities, rather than the bulldozing effects of a large party, may bring about a full exchange of ideas, but then this may still be encouraged and continue at the same time as the other form of interchange.
Anything which encourages fuller understanding between different peoples ought to be stimulated at every possible opportunity.
THE manager of a large travel organisation, at a recent Press conference, said that the 1,250,000 travelling abroad from the United Kingdom might be increased to 10,000,000. If one accepts that travel organisations have made this possible how has this been achieved?
This is, of course, a complex question which would take more space than is available here to answer fully.
Briefly, however, it is because these organisations have been able to make available travel and holidays at a combined price which in some cases the independent traveller would spend on the fare alone.
This can, of course, be made available only by charter service, that is, by the assurance that every seat on a train or coach, and now every plane, is occupied so that the operating company may be assured of no wasted space.
Apart from cost, there are many other advantages. For example, the inexperienced traveller on a coach tour may with some degree of certainty be assured that he will see on his particular journey much of interest which he, as an individual traveller, may have overlooked or not known about.
He will, when travelling with a reputable company, be assured of good hotel accommodation and will not fall prey, as an unsuspecting foreigner, to overcharging.
AN inclusive holiday need not necessarily consist of a continuous organised tour. • It is merely the fact that the use of a specific means of travel and particular hotel accommodation (again made possible on a charter basis) will ensure that the holidaymaker will enjoy the advantages of these rates.
On arrival at his hotel, he can then decide for himself whether for the next eight, ten, or however many days it may be, he will join organised excursions or whether he will set out to explore for himself.
Let the independent traveller, then, enjoy himself in his own way, but also let him refrain from worrying about those who have found great joy and satisfaction on an organised holiday to places which, not so very long ago, he might never have had the opportunity of visiting.
That many enjoy this form of holiday is evident from the great numbers who repeat their bookings with these organisations from year to year.