I began to work last Thursday after having 3,5 weeks summer holiday. Gradually the work floor has been filled with tanned colleagues returning from a vacation in a warm country.
It is a sort of etiquette to ask how the holiday was, even if you are not really close with those colleagues. This morning, I made a chit chat with several of them. I noticed two of them were really disappointed during the holiday because everything didn’t go as they wanted. The complaints varied from the location of a hotel room to food, from the souvenirs boutiques to public transport. And this, to think that they were only 2 weeks vacationing abroad!
I mean, come on people. Within 2 weeks you can not judge that a country is not suitable for a holiday. Within 2 weeks you can find restaurants who serve tasty food. As to souvenirs boutiques and public transport: ignore them, hire a car or don’t buy souvenirs at all!!! I admit that those souvenir vendors on the streets could be very annoying or people who grab your blonde hair to check whether it is not a wig too, but still I don’t like this way of thinking.
It is that these people think a well earned vacation (where everything goes well, to their satisfaction) is nothing but normal because they had worked hard the whole year. One important thing they forget when vacationing abroad, things are simply different than their native country. Instead of trying to make it work, they just had been bitching around about how everything went ‘wrong’ in their eyes. I told them that they could change the situation by looking for alternatives or just try to look things at the bright side. Not much effort needed to make your well earned vacation a successful one!
PS countries where everything went wrong on vacation were Greece and Turkey