AWESOME THINGS YOU'LL REMEMBER
FROM HOLIDAYS IN THE 90S
We're looking back on some of the awesome things you'll remember from holidays in the 90s in a bid to uncover how travel has changed over the last 25 years, and to gawk at images of beloved hair braids and glittery jellies, of course. We’ve chosen some of our fondest memories of summer holidays gone by, so take a step back in time and see what you remember!
One word, Jellies. Possibly our favourite throwback of the 90s, anyone who was anyone wore jelly shoes during the summer and we miss them every day. You could get every colour of jelly under the sun, not to mention glittery ones and neon numbers for when you wanted to make a statement, obviously.
WANNABE NEVER GOT OLD
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All hail the biggest girl band of the 90s, if you didn't know every word to every song the Spice Girls ever wrote - particularly debut hit single Wannabe released in '96 - who even were you?
HAVING A LONELY PLANET GUIDE WAS EVERYTHING
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No amount of Lonely Planet travel guides could have prepared you for planning a holiday in the 90s - plus they made you look oh, so cool when you arrived in Thailand. This was a time when you couldn’t turn to TripAdvisor, scroll through beaches on Instagram, check out travel bloggers or compare holiday websites. Oh no. Instead your entire living room floor was covered in books and you spent hours, days, weeks, months (and so on), doing your research old-school style. Failing that, you took a trip to the Travel Agents.
EVERYONE WAS OBSESSED WITH SUN-IN
No beach bag would be found without a trusty bottle of Sun-In inside. Spray a few squirts of this lightener onto your locks and voila - you’re a beachy blonde bombshell.
It turns out that getting dressed in the dark wasn’t so much a bad thing in the 90s. Transforming your plain white tee into a tie-dye phenomenon was a popular pastime back then and if it wasn’t big, bright, swirly, patterned or colour-clashing, it simply wasn’t cool.
IF YOU DIDN'T COME BACK WITH A BRAID, DID YOU EVEN GO ON HOLIDAY?
You happily sat for an hour while your hair was wrapped up in colourful string and beads, this was to signify that you were actually, officially on holiday – and to flick it around in front of your friends at school, of course.
YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO BIN YOUR BEST SHAMPOO
Yup, this was a time when a 500l bottle of your fave shampoo could travel with you in your handbag. Our thoughts go out to all the perfumes and styling products that saw the bottom of the bin… (*sighs*).
Why not learn how to pack like a pro with our handy how-to guide?
THE GOOSEBUMPS BOOKS
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Before Kindles were a thing, people used to take actual paper-back books on holiday with them and Goosebumps was THE ultimate series to be seen with. Welcome To The Dead House, Ghost Beach and Go Eat Worms were just a few of our favourites.
YOU COULD MEET YOUR LOVED ONE AT THE GATE
Surprising loved ones at the arrivals gate would make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, before airport security put a stop to it - cue the opening scene from Love Actually!
YOU NEEDED A PHYSICAL TICKET
Apparently you needed a physical paper ticket to board the plane back in those days and if you lost it, well, better luck next year.
If having a Nokia 6610 along with its ever-changing covers wasn't cool enough, getting an international card so you could catch up with your pals while abroad was off. the. scale.
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