The seventh of ten posts, published each work day, on the rules I set myself to create a successful holiday. The rules work for me: I hope they’re of some use to readers to. But they won’t suit everybody. You’re v. welcome to let me know how it’s different for you – and what your own rules might be.
My seventh rule – ‘Ditch the car!’ – is I think the most likely to encounter opposition.
Cars on holiday are bad news. They can be expensive – in terms of parking charges, for example – and a worry. And by sitting in them you can put yourself in a bubble, cut off from the world.
But the biggest problem is the hump effect.
Imagine you’re sitting at home, watching telly. Watching may not be the thing you most want to do, but doing anything else requires short-term effort. Changing rooms, for example. That short-term effort represents a hump. If you get over the hump, the long-term reward may be greater than that derived from continuing to watch, but the easiest thing is to stay watching.
A car on holiday is a hump effect: the easiest thing may be just to drive round it, which may stop you doing the best thing, which require more effort to begin with. Researching a train timetable, for example.
Either use it to get to your destination and then leave it. Or travel by other means.