13 THINGS YOU'LL NEVER FORGET
ABOUT TRAVELLING IN THE 80S
Things you’ll never forget about travelling in the 80s - a time when postcards, pocket-maps and limitless packing was all the rage! Whether you miss those seaside holidays spent in neon-clad swim shorts or not (your secret’s safe with us), we've got plenty of marvels to help jog your memory.
Why not fast forward ten years and take a look at the things you'll remember if you went on holiday in the 90s?
PAPER MAPS WERE AN ACTUAL THING
Having a basic understanding of Geography was helpful if you wanted to get from A to B, especially when your go-to for directions was found in the form of physical fold-out road maps. Failing that, approaching a human being to ask for advice was the next best option...
If you didn’t carry an aztec bum bag stuffed with essentials, did you really grow up in the 80s? This hip-hop staple used to swing around all the cool kids’ waists, and we loved it so much it came back around in fashion. Folded map, check, hand sanitiser, check, ice cream money, check...
Bum bags and beyond, you'll find plenty more summer staples with our guide to the top 10 fashion capitals around the world.
SENDING A POSTCARD WAS PRETTY MUCH COMPULSORY
Scrawling down your entire itinerary on a postcard and sending it to your grandparents so they can stick it on their fridge was the norm in the 80s, long before sunset selfies and Facetime was a thing.
YOUR SONY WALKMAN WAS THE FIRST THING YOU PACKED
Forget iTunes, Walkman’s were all the rage in the 80s and hours were spent carefully selecting songs to create the ultimate summer mix tape. Stocking up on batteries was a must if you wanted your tunes to last past take off though.
UNLIMITED LUGGAGE AT CHECK-IN
It’s hard to imagine a time when the option of having more than one bag to check-in existed, but it did. Many airlines didn’t limit the amount of luggage you could take on board, so you could squeeze your entire summer wardrobe into 1, 2, 3 bags without so much as a second thought.
Unfortunately this ceases to exist today, so you'll have to learn how to pack like a pro, instead.
YOU COULD SMOKE ON THE PLANE
Yep, there were smoking and non-smoking sections on planes back then, but despite being restricted to a certain area, the smoke always managed to waft its way throughout the entire aircraft. We're as shocked as you are Audrey...
WAITING WEEKS TO SEE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS
If you were around in the 80s, you’ll never forget the sheer anticipation of waiting what felt like decades for your holiday snaps to develop. Or the bittersweet moment you sift through 15 photographs of your thumb accidently covering the lens.
YOU HAD TO CARRY YOUR SUITCASE
It seems carry-on luggage had a completely different meaning in the 80s, whereby you literally carried. it. on. Suitcases weren’t blessed with wheels back then, which meant getting in a few gym sessions before lugging your suitcase through the airport by hand –unlimited baggage allowance doesn’t sound so appealing now, hey!
YOU HAD TO USE A PHONE BOOTH TO CALL HOME
Unfortunately, the likes of WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype and Snapchat didn't exist in the 80s and contacting home took a little more effort than simply tapping a button on your iPhone. Instead you joined a hefty queue for a phone box which was usually, awkwardly out of the way, made sure you had the correct amount of change and kept your holiday weather update as brief as possible.
When’s the last time you were on a flight without your kindle, iPad or a TV screen on the seat in front of you? If you were lucky, you’d get one TV screen showing one in-flight film during your journey, failing that, children would get puzzles and colouring books to keep them entertained. The bigger kids simply had to settle for staring out of the window or falling asleep.
FLYING WAS A FASHION STATEMENT
Flying in the 80s was significantly more expensive than it is now, so boarding a plane was an extravagant affair. There was not a tracksuit bottom, oversized jumper or cosy sock (heavens no, you always kept your shoes on!) in sight when you took to the sky back then, smart attire only.
CARRYING TRAVELLERS CHEQUEUS
Travellers cheques were at the cutting edge of technology in the 80s, simply sign on the dotted line and collect your holiday money with ease - not a bulging wallet in sight.
If you hadn’t been on a coach holiday to Benidorm, then you hadn’t lived.