Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Acceptable travel behaviour - what do you do?

Travel sleeping - is it really acceptable?

There are so many things we do in private that we wouldn't dare to do in public...or would not want to be seen or shared to be done in public - yet when we travel it seems some of us have a different perception:

For is it that we're surrounded by strangers, incredibly relaxed that we let down our guards, it's all so hectic we fail to keep ourselves composed, or that we just don't care? 

Let's look at some of them

1 - sleep
Train, coach, plane and car - it doesn't take long before we nod off to dreamland and begin snorting like a diseased pig. By routine we keep sleeping to overnight in the comfort and privacy of our own beds. As soon as we make a journey anywhere we're willing to catch flies and dribble on some strangers shoulder...right?!

2 - nakedness
The sun comes out, sand wedges between out toes and suddenly we're willing to parade around like Donald Duck. Yet in everyday life the notion of just beach shorts or bikini is as bazaar as Donald's behaviour when he's just jumped out of the shower wrapped in only a towel...

3 - drunken behaviour
We're on a plane, settling ourselves beside the pool, walking along the promenade and it's only 10am. Our first thought - "I'm getting a beer" - yet Monday to Friday 9-5 we can't operate without a coffee to start. Holiday changes out habits like the British wind changes direction.

4 - money sense
We're in a different place, the currency is different and all seems new and exciting. The concept of budget, value and taste is thrown out the window as we purchase the most ghastly souvenirs and holiday trinkets that we seem to be obsessed to keep hold of for the rest of our life's yet just don't fit in...now I understand why granny's home is full of crap

5 - rules
Remember what Monica and chandler said on their trip to London for Ross wedding?! Different countries and cities and new borders brings out a different character in us. We let our hair down and willing to consider different options than at home! 
there is no logic to any of this but the human psyche is one we could spend forever exploring without enjoying.

So remember when you next see someone do something unacceptable consider if they are on holiday first.

And consider- why not do what you do on holiday...every day! 

Make life fun!







Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Selfish criticism - I live in London, of course I am selfish

Selfish criticism - I live in London of course I am selfish. What do you expect from an urbanite who lives in the most diverse city in the world?!

I'm one of 7 million inner city inhabitants and one of 20 million in the entire of Greater London. It's only growing as immigrants repopulate and move here daily - I'm becoming more insignificant to the rest of the city - so I deserve to be significant to myself and if that means being selfish, then so be it.

No one cares what language I speak, as long as I have a way to pay for it.

No one cars what I wear or how I wear it, for as long as my modesty is covered.

No one cares who my friends are or who I love for as long as I don't hurt or kill, but even that's becoming more common - at least it's a way to be noticed and to become somewhat significant, somehow.

The behaviour of selfish Londoners is demonstrated throughout the day;
- seats on trains: We all want one, we all deserve one, there's no priority in the pecking order- unless you wear a baby on board badge - we rush to be first on to grab that butt comforter, even if we do spend out days sat down!

- packed streets: clambering over one another much like ants making their journey home, personal space does not exist, straight lines are extinct among people who are casually repeating under their breath 'sorry, excuse me' whilst thinking 'you're in my way'
- limited parking: squeezing cars into the smallest spots, or driving in circles for hours to find somewhere to park.
- sexual and age equality: it's been drummed into Londoners - we're all equal - we certainly are - only the strongest will survive and I will prove it! 
- gentrification - each class of person is forced into areas of living and modes of transport. Only the rich take the tube in zone 1-2, and buses are known as peasant wagons. Londoners learn their place 

- train driver salaries: drivers are paid  twice more the average London salary owning the right to strike for being paid to sit on their asses driving a vehicle that's stuck on tracks. You lose the cursity and care for train service personnel 

- cost of travel: when one spends hundred of pounds to travel each month, we deserve a seat and for it to all run on time delivers with polite customer service. 

- duration of travel/delays: we deal with delays day in and day out. To maintain some perspective of reality and sanity we become selfish to understand how we are subjected to daily torture.

- time poor: what time? We spend 2 hours a day traveling, hours queuing and have to trample over people to get where we want. It's our time and we will do what we please with it

- free papers/giveaways/discounts - businesses clambering After my custom: why should we pay? It's free in London. You want my business? Give it to me for free

- expensive properties and rent: we spend a fortune over half our salaries to put a roof over our head, and even then we can't swing a car in it. We're being taken for mugs. So excuse us for passing that feeling on - it is knot our right to make us feel better

- small properties = my space, u deserve my space. It's mine!! All mine! 

Do you see now why Londoners are selfish? 

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

London - a commuters life and choosing where to stay

I'm currently looking for my next home, it's time to move. I've spent 6 years living in zone 4 far south east of what people regard as London. In 2008 it was a culture shock, suddenly a 15 minute commute from the middle of zone 2 became an hour and suddenly I was spending 10 hours compared to 2.5 hours a week travelling for work.
When I travel I feel spoilt, the hive of the cities and towns I visit are often a 15 minute walk from my hotel or hostel, in fact I purposely don't take a cab to enjoy I walk I don't get in London. I've had friends visit and stay with me who have had to experience the rigormoral of my daily life. They've in part pitied me. Bless.
Now however I want to move - the aim is to reduce my commute by 50%, have a lifestyle that provides pubs, bars and restaurants within walking distance, parks and green spaces that can be enjoyed by visiting family and friends while also enjoying a more suburban lifestyle.
Realistically - prices in London have boomed and opportunities present themselves with little less of a journey I have right now - but a home is about compromise. I'd love a period warehouse loft apartment with a rooftop terrace in central London but the bank manager is not going to fund that, nor will my current salary.
So what am I willing to compromise for my travel to work? And what will be affordable to continue to allow myself to travel the world? Some say roots hold you down but my roots feed me to grow