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Vacation Cost Rant sparks Campaign

WalletAs I was reading the BBC News website today I saw an article headed Facebook ‘rant’ on school holiday costs sparks campaign

Now for my American readers when the British say holiday please substitute vacation. The word vacation means the same both sides of the ocean but somehow holiday has taken a different meaning for most Americans. So this is about vacation costs.

Here is an extract from the article

With about 250 friends on Facebook, Paul Cookson did not expect a “rant” he posted to have much impact.

He wrote that he was “sick to death” of being “ripped off” by companies which put up holiday prices outside school term time.

A few friends agreed, and followed his request to “share this post if you have also had enough”.

It soon went viral, and more than 143,000 people have shared it so far.

Supporters also began signing an online petition calling for government action and this has now gone far beyond the 100,000 signatures needed for a possible debate in Parliament.

Continue reading the main story With about 250 friends on Facebook, Paul Cookson did not expect a “rant” he posted to have much impact.

He wrote that he was “sick to death” of being “ripped off” by companies which put up holiday prices outside school term time.

A few friends agreed, and followed his request to “share this post if you have also had enough”.

It soon went viral, and more than 143,000 people have shared it so far.

Supporters also began signing an online petition calling for government action and this has now gone far beyond the 100,000 signatures needed for a possible debate in Parliament

Had enough. Mr Cookson’s initial post, entitled “school holiday rant”, asked why parents should be “penalised” for doing the right thing and not taking their children away during term time. It came about after he tried to book a holiday with his daughter.

He told the BBC he was stunned by the response on Facebook, with many people encouraging him to “carry it on and fight”.

So the 41-year-old set up a Facebook group called Holiday Price Increase, in which many people have shared examples of price changes. You can read the full article by clicking here

I can see both sides of the argument. Parents can’t take their family away during school term so it seems wrong to increase prices just when they can go away. Yet obviously it is out of school term time that the demand is highest so the rest of the year prices are lowered to attract customers.

So what is the solution?

In my opinion it is to vacation rent-free!

That is the service we offer through Christian House Sitters. We operate all over the world and we not only offer rent-free accommodation but also people (reliable people) who will look after your home and pets while you are away. Again without any fee being charged for their service.

Too good to be true?

No it is true and we have been offering this for about 6 years with hundreds of happy members.Saving Money

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God bless you,

Ray

 

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Overcoming Prejudice.

Immigrants

I saw the picture above on a friend’s Facebook page and it really appealed to me.

I grew up in a very small rural community of farmers in South Africa and did not travel abroad until after I was married and we had children.  Unknown to me I was forming mental pictures of national stereotypes that encouraged prejudice.

Stereotypes

 

Since then I have lived in England for many years, spent a year in France, months in Italy and visited about 20 countries for prolonged periods. The result is that I now have a far better understanding of people from different cultures and I have friends all over the world.

In my opinion the best way to get to know people from other cultures is to spend some time living with them. A vacation staying in a hotel catering for tourists is great but no substitute for living with the locals.

But, I hear you object, it costs so much I can’t afford to travel all over the world.

Neither can I but that has not stopped me and hopefully my travelling days are far from over. There are still so many places I want to visit, so many people I want to meet and even places I want to re-visit.

The only way I have been able to afford it is by House Sitting. That means my only expense is getting there and my food. My accommodation is free of charge. What a blessing. It also means I stay in lovely homes rather than a hotel room, I meet real local people, I can visit the home owners local church if I wish and be assured of a good welcome and I have a wonderful time and make new friends.

Why don’t you give it a try?

Christian House Sitters can help you enjoy  rent free vacations all over the world. We can also help you find reliable people who will look after your home and pets free of charge while you are away.

Have a look at the website for more details. CLICK HERE

God bless you

Ray

 

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