Those who know me really well, know I love two things a lot (apart from My Husband and my cats), books and holidays! Well I am off on a road trip of the USA in a few days time and I wanted a travel inspired book to read that was nice and light hearted, to read on the plane. Who better to offer me a great read other than Ursula Bloom. This is her new book, Wonder Cruise, released on the 15th April. She was kind enough to do a blog post feature for me too. I'll be reviewing the book when I'm home and doing a blog post about my holiday. I am a bookalicious traveladdict after all. Please take a read ........
You and Your Holiday by Ursula Bloom
One of the most annoying things in this life is that other people always return
from their holidays declaring that they have spent quite the most marvellous
time, and you yourself always seem to get landed with a tragic failure! Either
these people are luckier than you are (which I beg to doubt) or they are more
untruthful. Nobody likes to confess to the failure of a holiday; everybody
likes to brag about the fun it has been and the wild success of that glorious
fortnight. But they are not essentially truthful.
If you are honest, then you can probably only admit to one really marvellous
holiday in your whole
life. I am not including the ones of your childhood when
naturally they were always glorious and always a success. You need more as you
grow older, for your standards are higher. I can only produce one truly
marvellous holiday (a cruise to Norway in S.S. Orontes), and that is being
honest. It hardly seems the qualification for writing this, when you come to
think about it, but it is because I feel the tragedy of all those misspent
holidays that I’ve got to do something about it.
So here we are!
We look forward to the precious holiday of a fortnight for weeks; we talk about
it for weeks afterwards, trying to lend it some of the brightness it never
really had, but when we look into our own hearts, most of us have to admit that
the whole thing fell very far short of expectation.
Possibly we approached that holiday without giving it due consideration and
forethought. I am convinced that the really entrancing holiday does not drop
into your lap by accident; it has to be well planned. Possibly the venture was
ruined because, although the place was well chosen and the weather propitious,
loneliness crept into the picture, and loneliness in itself will ruin any
venture of any kind, and anywhere. Or it may have been the right place but at
the wrong time of year, and you went on the recommendation of a friend who had
enjoyed it enormously, but had gone at the right time, which you never took
Are you surprised when you really come to think about it? Of course you can’t
The key to a successful holiday is to know what you are seeking, and what you
expect to get from it. The attitude of “ Really, I don’t mind where I go, or
what I do, as long as it is a good holiday,” is quite a fatal one. Here is a
questionnaire to help you, and I suggest that you are scrupulously truthful in
your replies to each question, because those replies are the stepping stones to
a really good time.
What do you actually want?
Do you want a rest?
A lively and well-entertained time?
Do you want complete relaxation and peace?
Are you seeking lovely scenery?
Do you want to meet a lot of new young friends?
Or are you seeking older people?
Do you want golf and tennis?
Just a country holiday with games?
Pleasant single companionship?
Or a love affair?
The point is that you will never get what you want unless you know what you
want. Decide upon your essential need, because if you blind yourself to this,
calamity has already overtaken your holiday and it may be utterly ruined from
So many people go away for a holiday, forgetful of the fact that change of
conditions and climate can wreak havoc with the tummy, which immediately
refuses to behave. They then fly to the other extreme and make themselves ill
with dosing. Never take immediate strenuous exercise if used to a sedentary
life, work up slowly to it.
Provided that you have made proper plans, and are taking the holiday seriously,
it ought to be the happiest you have ever had.
I hope so.
Bestselling author Ursula Bloom wrote over 500 books (her first when she was
only 7 years old), a feat which earned her a place in the Guinness Book of
World Records. She also wrote short stories, and radio and stage plays. Ursula
was chief crime reporter for a national newspaper at a time when few women
worked as Fleet Street journalists, and was also the agony aunt for a weekly
magazine, and beauty editor for Woman's Own! Her books are now being reissued
in paperback, and published as ebooks for the first time, starting with her
witty holiday romance "Wonder Cruise". Ann Clements leaves behind her
dull life to take a Mediterranean cruise, where she discovers more about life,
love and herself.