Vivienne Dockerty

Author of Historical Fiction

How Standards Have Dropped Over The Years

And will probably continue to do so ...


We have recently come back from holidaying abroad in a 4-star hotel in Lanzarote. Lanzarote is a place I love, especially Playa Blanca where the view across the sea to Fuerteventura is amazing ...

 I am appalled how standards have dropped since 1996!

I am appalled how standards have dropped since 1996!

As both my husband and I are over 50, we usually go to a hotel where Saga has a presence, because we know that the standards of the hotel will be to our taste. However, we had seen this particular hotel on our way to our favourite Irish Bar during out last visit to Playa Blanca and, after having looked around it, we decided to book it for a change.

"Well, how standards have dropped in the past few years and, unfortunately, it is the Brits that are leading the way!"

We had paid extra for a sea view and because of this, we had to listen to the inane utterances of young people - both boys and girls - on all-inclusive packages, out of their heads on booze well beyond 3a.m. They really were getting up to all sorts of antics!

It was so bad that one night, the lights were switched off on the esplanade in front of us, in an effort to discourage the revellers. Thank God.

"My next moan is the standard of dress that young people are adopting, and even older men who should know better!"

Thinking about it, I don't want to see young women's buttocks hanging down from their bikini bottoms whilst I am eating my lunch in the dining room, nor do I want to see them wearing shorts so small and tight that they look like frilly knickers, when I am eating my tea.

And men always used to look smart in a short sleeves shirt and a pair of well-pressed trousers. Now I'm seeing bulges in their Speedos at lunchtime and crumpled shorts at evening time.

There was no policing by the hotel management and the perpetrators who are leaving their towels on the sunbeds are the British, not the Germans anymore.

"We won't be going back there again!"

Finally, my character from Clouds Below the Mountains, Lucy Bromwich - a travel rep in my latest ebook - would have been horrified to see how standards have dropped with the modern sloppiness that seems to have taken over some parts of the travel industry.

There seems to be no organisational skills anymore. Our transfer from the airport to the hotel was a joke, when a whole coachload of people had to wait one and a half hours until a couple of latecomers found the right coach to board.

There was no rep around to give us information and I was dying to go to the loo, but I didn't dare in case the coach went without me. Coming back we were put on the wrong coach and taken on a tour of all the hotels instead of being taken directly to the airport, raising fears that we were going to miss our plane. Both times scruffy looking reps belonging to this large travel company, which has been in existence for at least a century, couldn't be bothered to keep us informed.

So to sum up my blog post this week, I am appalled how standards have dropped since 1996 when I wrote my tale of Lucy Bromwich and her experiences as a travel rep for Perequito Travel.

In future, I'm determined not to stray from my comfort zone. I'll stick with Saga, who have the same standards as I have, thank heavens!

Until next time ...


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Since arriving back in the U.K I have enjoyed meeting lots of people at the Author Talks and book signing events that I have been invited to. It has been great connecting with my roots again and listening to other people's stories whilst I have been doing research for my next book.

A big thank you to all the readers who have posted Amazon reviews after they have finished one of my books.


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