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READING COMPREHENSION: A TIMELINE OF BRITISH HOLIDAY HABITS

A
1800-1850
Ordinary working people only had holidays on ‘holy’ days (Sundays, Christmas,
Easter)
B
1850-1900
The creation of a national railway system helped ordinary people travel. Most holidays
were day trips to the British seaside by train.
C
1900-1960
Most Britons started to take a short summer holiday for a week. Camping and
holidays in caravans became popular in the 60s as people started to buy cars. British
holiday camps were popular.
D
1970
The airline industry expanded and tour operators started to offer very cheap package
holidays to Spain or ‘last minute’ cheap fares. Large numbers of UK residents started
to go abroad for their holidays. The package holiday boom started.
E
1980
Skiing holidays were starting to become popular and the package industry continued
to expand. British tourists started to prefer a package holiday abroad to an expensive
British holiday
F
1980-1990
Packages to the USA became much cheaper than trips to British resorts.
Most ordinary people went abroad.
G
1990 - 2007
A second yearly holiday became possible with more and more cheap packages.
Holidays to Australia and more exotic locations became cheap enough for many
ordinary working people.

READ THE TEXT AND WRITE THE YEAR IN WHICH BRITISH PEOPLE STARTED TO DO
THESE THINGS.
Example: They started to use caravans. ___A___

1.- British people started fly to their destinations.______


2.- British workers only had holidays at the weekend and on special festivities.______
3.- British people started to travel to exotic places.______
4.- Flying to North America was very cheap.______
5.- People had a second holiday during the year.______
6.- Going to a ski resort outside Britain was very popular.______
7.- Travelling to Spain was in fashion.______
8.- People travelled to the beach for the day.______
9.- Most British people started to buy vehicles.______
10.- Many Britons started to travel to different countries for their holidays.______
KEY:
1.- D
2.- A
3.- G
4.- F
5.- G
6.- E
7.- D
8.- B
9.- C
10.- D