About Us ~ My inspiration
There they were, a small group of twenty-somethings, with suntans, shades, and ankle bracelets; the uniform of a Summer Seasonnaire.
In that instant, at 7 years old, I knew I wanted to be like them, working outside in the sun, smelling of suncream, and exploring somewhere most people only get to see for 2 weeks.
That was my first impression of a holiday rep; an idyllic simple life, but with the responsibility of making peoples holiday’s memorable.
It wasn’t until after finishing my A-levels, that I realised I didn’t want to go to University, the truth was, I had no idea what I wanted to do, I had no burning desire to study medicine, or become a teacher or lawyer; and then, I remembered my family summer holidays.
For 2 weeks every year we got to escape normal life, me and my sisters didn’t mind doing the washing up, or cycling along to the Boulangerie to get the daily baguette, and breakfast croissants.
My siblings and I went to the Kids Club (by ourselves!), to the Swimming Pool (by ourselves! we were much better swimmers than most adults by that point, including our parents; no neglect here!!) and even the Bar (by ourselves! for ice creams and soft drinks only, obvioulsy!) but it was such a novelty, and so far from what we were allowed to do at home; and it meant our parents could enjoy a holiday too, without having to entertain us ALL the time…
We would go back to our mobile home only for a spot of lunch, or money for ice cream!
By the end of the holiday we had made friends with other children, and there would often be a little gang of us, forever changing as families came and went throughout the summer.
In an evening we would play games as a family, and we didn’t miss television (even as a sulky teenager!) because we spent so much time outdoors playing and sightseeing.
And so, with these fond memories, I decided to work for a holiday company, over the course of 8 years, I was fortunate enough to have worked in 5 different European countries, 16 campsites, had hundreds of team mates, and met thousands of customers.
Okay, so it’s not as glamorous as it looks to a 7 year old, the work is hard, and the hours are often long (who likes digging a trench in the middle of a thunderstorm at 2am in Italy to stop tents flooding?!) but, the perks aren’t that bad, and I’m not just talking about the swimming pools, the weather, or the suntan, all of which help; but it’s something less tangible, I feel so privileged, that for a week or two of the year, I am invited to play a part in some of the most memorable days a family has, and is why I want to continue being able to provide a backdrop for families to make these memories.