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Deep Cleanse Facial plus Skin Consultation plus Eyebrow Tidy only $89 (worth $148) Available July 2014 TEN GREAT REASONS TO Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local community. REASON 1. Shopping local creates jobs ON THE ROAD AT THE HELM: Three of the directors of a club set up for people travelling alone are, from left, Lynn Kidd, Robin Angus and Keith Dunn. Times photo Marianne Kelly Buddies group sets travel way By Marianne Kelly CAUTION about being perceived as a senior citizens’ dating agency has been thrown to the wind, as the women joining a new travel club out- number the men it was initially set up for. In July last year, Robin Angus, of Highland Park, talked to the Times about his plan to help others bypass the noto- rious single supplement system, which can involve paying twice the price for a hotel room or cruise berth. Single supplement is a charge paid by a solo traveller to compensate a hotel or cruise company for losses incurred because only one person is using a room or cabin. Most hotel rooms and ship cabins are built with the assumption that at least two people will occupy them. Conse- quently, nearly all hotel and cruise pric- ing is based on double occupancy. Outraged at being charged double for cruise accommodation because he was on his own, Mr Angus decided to use his organisational skills honed in the con- struction industry and heading up sports group tours to set up a travel group for like-minded men who no longer have a partner but still want to travel. After his plans were outlined in the Times, the first two phone calls he received were from women brandishing considerable marketing nous. Lynn Kidd, with a high-powered background in apparel and marina real estate, told Mr Angus: “This is not the Barmy Army. You’re approaching it the wrong way.” Another female said: “It won’t work, men are reticent. You must open the club up to both sexes and it will work.” Mr Angus says: “I took my two daugh- ters’ advice. I was cautious, but that was blown away once both sexes became involved.” Up to 70 people now attend meetings on the fourth Sunday of each month at Bucklands Beach Yacht Club, overseen by Mr Angus, Ms Kidd, Winsome Web- ber and Keith Dunn. They’ve gone to lengths to avoid the “committee” word because they feel it scares people. They instead see themselves as a board of directors, with their boardroom the Ara Tai Cafe in Half Moon Bay. Mr Angus says the group is achieving what was envisaged last July, “creating a social atmosphere so people can meet, to find someone companionable and talk travel. We’re not a travel agent.” However, women in the club out- number the men which, Ms Kidd says, “is a shame because we don’t want it that way”. “No-one looks at us as a dating agency. Around the world we have an aging population, people who are fit and well and want to travel. Not everyone wants to travel by themselves.” Mr Dunn is a seasoned traveller with a Merchant Navy career behind him and many years often travelling rough to remote locations with his late wife. The 89-year-old and 83-year-old Mr Angus teamed up to be the club’s first travel buddies. After an initial discussion over a beer at Howick RSA last September, they worked on an itinerary and financial details for a six-day cruise in the Marl- borough Sounds, followed by a three- day four-wheel drive journey through Molesworth Station high country. They’re now working on a trip to Panama and Cuba and hope to share their planning and knowledge with the group, “to show how easy it is”. “That’s the kind of relationship that can be built and there will be plenty of others,” says Ms Kidd. “The planning time allows for build- ing a good friendship. Women are very cautious, so we are trying to help them by doing short trips.” Being considered are summer day excursions, such as a boat trip to River- head, maybe to a special event or an overnight trip, such as a rail journey to the Chateau Tongariro is on the cards. “If a member comes up with a sug- gestion we ask them to come back with details,” she says. “We don’t play mum and dad. They’ll be planning their own trips, we aren’t.” Other options for the group to con- sider are Coromandel by ferry with an overnight stay, a ferry to the Bay of Islands and return journey by road, or a ferry to Tauranga and return by rail. Mr Angus says: “Rail has grabbed us. Talking on a train is great because you can walk up and down and change seats easily compared with travelling on a bus.” Travel plans don’t have to involve just two people, Ms Kidd says. They could be groups of four, six or eight people prepared to room share as couples. Mr Dunn recalls a time when want- ing to save the single supplement he was asked to share with a woman on the trip. “I had no objections,” he says. “It was entirely up to her. “When we talked about what privacy times we would both need, for example, while she was smartening up for dinner, I would go to the bar. “We’re not kids any more. If we are open-minded about these things, trav- elling together can work. I think in life you need to act as a grown up. But it’s up to the individual. “I’ve stayed in backpackers hostels with up to 25 in a dorm, blokes and shei- las with their own ablutions. You meet such lovely people. “You go to a hotel room [on your own] and are faced with four walls and a tel- evision set.” Travel Buddies meet on the fourth ■■ Sunday of each month at 11.30am for a social drink and chat on travel before lunch at 12.30pm, at Bucklands Beach Yacht Club, Ara Tai Road, Half Moon Bay. Wheelchair-bound David Apple, of Burswood, talks to the next meeting on July 27 about his experiences on a cruise to Melanesia. For more informa- tion, phone Robin Angus on 535-4050.
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