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The smell of campfire, the cheerful orange tent cloth color, bare feet on grass, canned nasi baked on the butane gas, sticky hands from melted ice, your skin crispy at night and your eyes stinging from the chlorine... Feel ' m? Today we take a leap back in time and compare the holidays of Dutch families in the 1980s with today. Time to nostalgia and reminisce. Let's look at some interesting comparisons.


First of all, the destinations. In the 1980s, domestic camping holidays and holiday parks in the Netherlands were the popular choices. Families went to the nature of the Veluwe or enjoyed the sun on the Wadden Islands . Nowadays we see that traveling to distant destinations is becoming more and more accessible and affordable. Families fly to exotic beaches, explore cultural cities and make unforgettable memories around the world.

80's vacation

Digital world

Another difference that stands out is the influence of technology. In the 1980s, we had limited television channels and videotapes (remember the video store?) to keep us entertained. Now we have smartphones, tablets and portable game consoles that provide us with entertainment during long journeys. While that technology helps us fight boredom, it can also distract from the real family fun and togetherness. So always keep an old school deck of cards in your suitcase for hours of off-screen fun together.

Where are we going?

We also see changes in terms of accommodation. In the 1980s, camping and holiday parks were the preferred options for families. However, nowadays there are plenty of alternatives, such as glamping, Airbnb and all-inclusive resorts. Families can choose from a wide variety of comfortable and luxurious options to suit their needs and budget.

Tip: a house in the woods

Our top 3 destinations always include 'a cottage in the woods'. Forest is not even really necessary, as long as it is a back to basic house with some greenery around it. Not luxurious, but often not expensive either, but a lot of fun! On the page Night(s) away we collect the nicest houses.

Night away

Six weeks off

Another remarkable aspect is the change in the duration of holidays. In the 1980s, summer vacation usually lasted six weeks, which gave children plenty of free time to enjoy outdoor games and adventures. Today, families often have shorter vacations of a week or two due to work commitments and other responsibilities. This can have both positive and negative consequences, because while shorter holidays are better suited to our busy lifestyles, it can sometimes be difficult to really relax and unwind.

Quality time

Finally, social interaction has changed. In the 1980s, most parents worked outside the home, giving children plenty of time to play with friends, neighbors, and relatives. These days, parents often spend more time with their children during the holidays, allowing more room for family activities and quality time.

While there are distinct differences between vacations in the 80s and today, the essence remains the same: spending time with our loved ones, discovering new places and creating precious memories. Whether then or now, holidays are a time to relax, enjoy and escape the daily grind. So let's continue to enjoy these precious moments no matter what time we live in! Think out of the box and book a cozy overnight stay in Friesland .

This music has been turned gray on many 80s camping disco...

What can we learn from this when it comes to small happiness?

When it comes to happiness, we can draw some lessons from the comparison between holidays of Dutch families in the 1980s and now:

  1. Enjoy simple moments
    In the 1980s, vacations were often simple, with outdoor games, camping, and social interaction with friends and family. This reminds us that happiness can be found in the little things. It doesn't always have to be grand or extravagant. Appreciating simple moments of pleasure and connection can give us a deep sense of accomplishment.

  2. Take time to relax
    In the 1980s, summer holidays often lasted longer, giving families more time to relax and unwind. Nowadays, we often have busy lives and can feel rushed even during holidays. It is important to consciously take the time to relax, slow down and enjoy the moment. Give yourself permission to rest and recharge.

  3. Find balance in on- and offline time
    While technology gives us more opportunities for entertainment and connection, it can also distract and keep us away from precious moments. It is important to be aware of our screen use and to find a balance. By occasionally putting aside your smartphone and focusing on personal interaction and the environment around us, we can experience more satisfaction and connection.

  4. Create quality time with loved ones
    Whether it was in the 80's or now, vacations provide an opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones. It is important to cherish and focus on this time. Pay attention to your family, relatives and friends, share experiences, laugh together and create lasting memories. It is these moments of connection that make us happy.

  5. Appreciate the 'now'
    Whether traveling to a distant destination or vacationing close to home, it's important to appreciate the 'now'. Take the time to admire nature, explore new places, experience local culture and feel the simple pleasure of life. By being in the moment and showing appreciation for our surroundings, we can find happiness in the small details that surround us.

Little happiness is often hidden in everyday moments and experiences. By being mindful, enjoying the simplicity, and paying attention to what really matters, we can find a deeper sense of fulfillment and happiness, both during holidays and in our daily lives.

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