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
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
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
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
The all-important group photograph, with the women wearing their not-too-formal evening apparel
Where we’re going going, we don’t helmets: A cycling excursion in an unknown location
This photograph shows that back in the day, dedication to costume parties was unwavering
Maria Dzopalic and a fellow traveller on a 28-day coach tour
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’
A group photo from the 14th day of a 28-day tour across England, Scotland and Wales. This was taken at Land’s End (Maria is right in the middle in the pink dress)
Debbie Money (nee Smith) and Maria Dzopalic during their England, Scotland and Wales trip
‘Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time was something that made me stop and say “Wow!”‘ said Maria. Though this picture was taken by Sue Bertram
Note how because smartphones hadn’t been invented, resting holidaymakers in 1979 had to just look around to pass the time. This picture was taken in Paris
A picture by Sue of members of the Germany army marching in Berlin
The Berlin Wall in front of Brandenburg Gate in 1979
Contiki also does trips further afield, including India
PRESENT-DAY CONTIKI TOURS…
Contiki these days operates state-of-the-art coaches (pictured)
Contiki’s present-day coach fleet is state-of-the-art.
The firm says: ‘Contiki’s fleet of super-sleek coaches come with the benefit of air-conditioning, reclining seats, a bathroom, a club-rivalling sound system and TVs. They’re also Euro 6 coaches, the most environmentally friendly in Europe.
‘The engines use a product called Adblue to convert dangerous fumes into a mixture of water and nitrogen which are harmless for the environment – this means in some areas, air emitted from the engines of Contiki coaches is actually cleaner than the air that goes in.’
Contiki offers ‘over 350 trips across six continents’
Contiki describes itself as ‘the world leaders in travel experiences for 18-35’s’.
It offers ‘over 350 trips across six continents (Europe, USA & Canada, Asia, Latin America, Australia & New Zealand, Africa & the Middle East)’.
The firm adds: ‘We bring together travellers from all corners of the globe to discover new cultures and a little part of themselves along the way.’