I know that I am from the old school, well I have been told that a few times and I have to say that it is something that I am very proud of. If someone kindly loaned me a piece of equipment I would ensure that it was taken great care of and retuned clean and undamaged. Therefore it was with, I have to say, utter contempt for the way that some of the British holiday makers treat and leave holiday homes, both here and abroad after they have presumably enjoyed the facilities that were hired out to them.

This was brought to my attention by a friend who showed be an article in “Backpacker Trade News” which was highlighting the results of a survey which had been carried out by a holiday home insurance company, that showed that a majority of Britton’s that stayed in holiday homes didn’t treat it with respect.

I find this attitude very poor indeed especially when I read that three quarters admitted that they did not treat the holiday home with the same respect as they did their own and nearly half of those surveyed left heating or air conditioning on when they were out for the day! A third somehow managed to get make up and fake tan all over the sheets, do not replace anything broken and allow their dogs onto beds and furniture. What is it about people that makes them do this I wonder, is it some sort of envy that someone has a second home, or is it just that maybe it is the attitude of well someone else is paying so it does not matter, very sad indeed.

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