Fascinating (and hilarious) photos reveal what travel was like in the 70s and 80s with Contiki

Fascinating (and hilarious) photos reveal what travel was like in the 70s and 80s, from costume parties to ‘what to pack’ lists that included ‘travel clocks, sewing kits and 2 coathangers’

Australians Maria Dzopalic and Sue Bertram took them between 1979 and 1987 Their shots capture costume parties, epic moustaches and a tourist-free Venice Maria says that she is still in touch with people that she met on 1980s tours

It turns out that you don’t need smartphones, selfie-sticks or Instagram to have a great time on holiday.

As these fascinating and hilarious photographs from Contiki tours in the 1970s and 1980s show.

They were taken by Australians Maria Dzopalic (between 1984 and 1987) and Sue Bertram (in 1979) during various trips with the coach tour company through Europe, giving an insight into travel in the non-digital age.

One picture reveals a what-to-pack list that includes ‘travel clocks’, ‘sewing kits’, ‘two coathangers’, a ‘blazer for evenings only’ (for him) and a ‘not too formal’ dress for evenings out ‘for her’.

Other shots capture quirky costume parties, epic moustaches and an amazingly tourist-free Venice.

Maria said: ‘The social aspect of meeting people my age from different countries was fantastic. I am still in contact with a friend I met on the UK tour from Canada and I actually stayed with her when I went on a USA tour. She has since come to Australia. These days it’s birthday and Christmas cards and Facebook messages that keep us in touch though.’ Scroll down to take a refreshing step back in time…

Fun factor: Dress-up night with a Contiki group in Rome in 1979

A Contiki contingent enjoy a gondola trip in Venice in 1979, though one holidaymaker (on the right) looks slightly sceptical

A Contiki contingent enjoy a gondola trip in Venice in 1979, though one holidaymaker (on the right) looks slightly sceptical 

Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice wasn't quite as crowded in 1979

Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice wasn’t quite as crowded in 1979

With entertainment via smartphones and tablets not yet available, this holidaymaker enjoys some liquid refreshment instead

With entertainment via smartphones and tablets not yet available, this holidaymaker enjoys some liquid refreshment instead

Epic moustaches were a common sight back in the day

Epic moustaches were a common sight back in the day 

The non-digital age was a hot-bed of fun, as this photo almost shows

The non-digital age was a hot-bed of fun, as this photo almost shows

Essentials back in the day included two coathangers, a sewing kit and a travel clock. Blazers were for him, dresses (not too formal) were for her

Essentials back in the day included two coathangers, a sewing kit and a travel clock. Blazers were for him, dresses (not too formal) were for her

Cuddles: Sue Bertram (left) and her best friend Jill with the Contiki trip manager and Contiki driver

Cuddles: Sue Bertram (left) and her best friend Jill with the Contiki trip manager and Contiki driver

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