Platinum Jubilee: Travel

The last seventy years have seen us all broaden our horizons and get around in different ways. Paid holidays from work, cheaper international travel and package holidays of all kinds (both at home and abroad) have made travel and tourism big business - but it has come at a cost to the environment.

In the 1950s, foreign travel was still out of reach for most people. Rail and coach tours became more popular and by the 1960s charter flights and the development of resorts in countries like Spain meant that holidays abroad with guaranteed sunshine were within reach for the first time. By 2011, 76% of the British population held a current passport. Pin on Pinterest

An Austin minibus imagined as a Mountain View Hotel shuttle, 1950s. Illustration produced by Wills & Hepworth of Ladybird books fame as part of an advertising leaflet for Austin, 1950s. Pin on Pinterest

When the Queen came to the throne in 1952 there were around 4 million cars on the UK roads. By 2020 that figure had reached over 32 million. More and more people had access to a car of their own which widened their horizons in terms of work and leisure. As car ownership grew public transport such as bus and rail routes began to shrink particularly in rural areas. The impact of petrol (fossil fuel) consumption on the planet began to become a concern during the late twentieth century and continues to be target for environmental campaigning today and new technologies such as electric and hybrid vehicles are becoming more common.
Our toy collection contains examples of cars, trucks and other vehicles showing the changing styles of their full-size counterparts. Pin on Pinterest

Model of an Airbus A320 with the Airworld livery
The 1950s saw commercial international air travel taking off using the technology developed during the Second World War. At first, only the rich could afford to be part of the 'jet-set', but in the 1960s package holidays with charter flights to Mediterranean destinations opened up the skies to more travellers.
In the 21st century, concerns about the environmental impact of aviation as each flight produces large amounts of greenhouse gases.
Coupled with the effects of the pandemic which saw a huge reduction in international air travel, will this affect how we choose to travel in future?
Airworld Aviation Ltd was the in-house charter airline for the travel agent Thomas Cook Group from 1994 until 1998 when it was integrated into Flying Colours. Pin on Pinterest

"Chicken or Beef ?" Inflight Meal Service Thomas Cook 'Flying Colours' late 1990s
By the 1990s international air travel offered a passenger experience that included in-flight movies and meals. Space and weight were crucial because everything on board a plane added to the cost of its flight. Specially designed 'tableware' and food packaging that could be heated in the galley were developed to provide hot food (of varying quality) to hundreds of people thousands of metres up in the air.
When budget airlines found ways of cutting costs, by stripping parts of the service out of flights, in-flight meals began to disappear from many carriers. Pin on Pinterest

Souvenir Travel Scarf c. 1950. Printed with a scene of passengers and their luggage waiting to board a liner in New York bound for a cruise around the Caribbean.
A holiday was chance to shop for souvenirs to bring back as happy reminders or gifts for friends and family. They included all kinds of things from ornaments and musical boxes, to dolls in national dress from around the world. There were also things to wear. Scarves made good souvenirs as they were small and light and easy to pack and they brightened up your wardrobe once you'd got home. Souvenir travel scarves were printed in their thousands - some with pictures and maps of holiday destinations others, like this, with images of the journey itself. Pin on Pinterest