So one of you loyal Bandininis and Bandanettes has asked where the term Staycation originated?
And the answer is Stacey Shun!
The more prosaic explanation is that it belongs to the Canadian comedian Brent Butt from the TV show Corner Gas in the episode Mail Fraud from 2005.
I guess he’s the Butt of all jokes!
Of course the times we’re in has thrown up a whole plethora of new terms.
To which our friends at our fave Dublin hotel, the InterContinental Dublin, have added Dubcation.
The InterCon, as anyone in Dublin’s rugby heartland knows, is the old Four Seasons.
And that it is Ireland’s greatest international that never was Ross O’Carroll-Kelly.
I’m looking forward to, as I always do at this time of the year, to the new Ross book with COVID at the heart of it, and Staycationing and Dubcations.
Try out their new Lobby Lounge among all the other old faves including ESPA pampering, and watch out for my interview with ESPA founder soon.
Their Luxury Dining Escape Package is available from €145pps per night, including bed, breakfast, dinner, complimentary car parking and access to the Wellness Area.
Sing Montego Bay
I think I remember but it’s twice as good, Like how cool his rum is from his silver tray, I cool to be thirsty in Montego Bay – Bobby Bloom
It‘s the first thing you’ll be offered, even before water… a rum punch, and usually. a steel pan band.
Jamaica has long been on the radar. I recall being asked in Barbados what my favourite Caribbean island was.
The answer had, of course, to be Barbados, but there was an onus on me to collect islands with which to compare. Which led me to Tobago.
Irie. So this brings me to my old faves Sandals and their new Montego Bay On Sale package.
Seven nights at the Sandals Ochi Beach from €1445pps. Travel dates: June 1-July 31.
You’ll stay in a Riviera Bamboo Grove Premium with Virgin Atlantic flights thrown in.
And a big welcome here to to the new Barbados Minister for Tourism Lisa Cummins… you know where I am, Minister!
And with our leaders around the Western World keeping us under house arrest, for fear that we might catch foreignavirus, we’re all going on a Virtual Odyssey.
It does allow more of the world into our homes though while we wait to get back out there.
Japan, where it will be next year with the Olympics in Tokyo, have a Matsuri Presents weekend live streaming on website and social media channels.
A Virtual AsianCation of you will.
You’ll get to see martial arts, kamishibai theatre performances and food demos.
The programme will run from 10am-8pm on Saturday, September 26 and 9pm-8pm, Sunday, September 27.
I’ll get my kimono out or borrow one from my old friends Stewart and Hisayo.
I’m sure they’ll have one in the wardrobe from their Scots-Japanese wedding on the island of Islay.
When we broke the sake box and wished them Koun o.
And now I have the bit between the teeth and I know you like a series why don’t I kick off a series Virtual Odyssey.
MEET YOU ON THE VIRTUAL ODYSSEY