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Aggravated competitive holiday envy syndrome?

by Helen Kirwan-Taylor
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Nothing irks those of us sitting in front of a computer screen more than opening the newspapers to find that Jemima Goldsmith and Hugh Grant have managed to squeeze in another Mediterranean or Caribbean holiday while we have yet to go on one or even plan one. Reading about hedge fund managers communing with sharks in Bora Bora is enough to want to see them eaten by one. Aggravated Competitive Holiday Envy Syndrome (Aches) is a painful reminder of the fact that everyone apart from you is having a great time, has more money and looks better in swimwear. Symptoms grow acutely worse in winter (when everyone else is tanned), in spring (everyone else goes skiing) and in summer (when you are the only one with a tan because all the smart people go to Alaska, Scotland or Sweden). Treatment is easy: stop reading travel supplements and start reading Hello!, where a painful break-up follows every frolicking-in-the-sun love story.

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