Today is National Trivia Day; this is a day to celebrate all things trivia. To help you celebrate National Trivia Day we have put together a timeline of the holidaying habits of history. Now you can impress your colleagues with your fountain of knowledge.
In 1800 – 1850 the ordinary working people of England only holidayed on ‘Holy’ Days, these days were Sundays, Christmas and Easter. We think we have it bad if we only have 28 days holiday a year yet over 200 years ago they had a lot less holidays or holy-days.
Between 1850 and 1900 holidays, such as trips to the British Seaside, were completed by the creation of the National Railway System. The National Railway System helped ordinary people enjoy holidays at the sea-side.
It wasn’t until around the 1900s when most Britons started to take short Summer Holidays for up to a week. Then in the 1960s camping and caravan holidays became more popular. British Holiday Camps were very popular throughout the 1960s.
In the 1970s the airline industry expanded and tour operators were able to start offering cheap holidays to Europe, this is when the package holiday boom started and many UK residents began going abroad for their holidays.
It was during the 1980s that skiing holidays began getting popular and as it did the package holiday continued to grow.
As we entered the 1990s, package holidays became cheaper and UK residents were able to afford 2 holidays, with many purchasing a holiday home or static caravan so they could have one holiday abroad a year and then many more enjoyable holidays in the UK.