My favourite yearly Special Holiday Escapades supplement came with the main papers today. I look forward to this paper containing pages chockful of exotic locations and colourful pictures with delight every year.
This year's supplement is disappointing compared to previous years. It's visibly thinner with hardly any features on interesting far flung destinations. Newspapers are funded by advertisers and I see less sponsorship this time. The main article "Exotic Istanbul' is sponsored by Turkish Airlines and another one on Hangzhou is by AirAsia. The other vacation spots are Tokyo and South Africa. Cruises is a hot topic this year because it is relatively cheaper compared to air travel.
The trend now is vacationing on a budget. In the midst of factory closures, retrenchments and an uncertain future, frivolous spending is a thing of the past. Even some F1 teams are fighting for survival as their sponsors start pulling out.
The recession has barely started and I'm already missing the good old days. This morning, I stumbled upon CH's Flicker album showing our vacation photos and I wish for those carefree days again.