Okay. That's not QUITE what the study said. But I spotted an interesting survey from the Canadian Transportation Agency the other day that talked about the top five air passenger complaints in Canada.
Next on the list was flight disruptions, with 220 complaints. Following that was baggage, with 128 complaints and reservations, with 113.
In fifth spot was fares with 85 complaints.
Which is why I made the point at the top of this item. Fares have been so high for so long that we just EXPECT to pay too much. We're used to it. We more or less accept it. But we're smart enough to feel that, sure, we pay a lot but at least we ought to GET SOMETHING for our money.
Which does NOT mean paying $25 for sending a bag from Toronto to San Francisco or paying $8 for a crummy sandwich or $3 for lousy headphones...
WE WANT MORE SPACE!
Transat Holidays has released the results of a new national Travel Index, which uncovers travel preferences as it relates to including new adventures in one’s vacation package.
Asked about important in-flight amenities, 80 per cent of folks said they want more leg room. 61 per cent listed food as important, while 47 per cent answered personal entertainment.
Eighty one per cent of those surveyed said they enjoy new and different foods when on holidays, while 76 per cent are interested in historical landmarks. Sixty five per cent of respondents said they choose cultural keepsakes as souvenirs, while 62 per cent of folks said they're more adventurous when on vacation.
When asked what their favourite activity is when vacationing down south, 87 per cent of those polled said relaxing and spending time at the beach, with experiencing local culture and customs and visiting famous points of interest a close second and third (75 and 73 per cent respectively).
I'd forgotten how great this miniature golf course is. I was giving my son and his girlfriend a tour of my home town, or the town where I grew up, on Thursday. It's a small town called Castro Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. We had gone for a ride in my dad's convertible (naturally) and were cruising around when I showed them the Golden Tee mini-golf spot.
My son's eyes lit up. So did his girlfriend's. And mine, probably. Why? Because this is perhaps the most beautiful miniature golf spot in the world.
I've played mini-golf all over Florida and South Carolina and California and a few spots in Canada. And I've not seen anything to compare with the beautiful fountains and brightly coloured dragons and Cinderella-like castles and windmills (of course) at this place.
They're all par-three's, with funky curves and holes where you have to hit up a giant slope or into the mouth of a Hawaiian tiki god.
It's really quite something, a colourful, crazy place dotted with palm trees and perfect, green grass. It also helps that it was something like 19 Celsius and sunny in town on Thanksgiving Day. But still, I'd put my home town mini-golf spot up against any I've seen.