This Dad Is A Vacation Hero, Reserving Spots For His Family At The Resort Pool

I’ve never understood buying a plane ticket and paying for a resort – and then having to get up at 6 o’clock in the morning just to reserve a pool or beach chair in order to ‘relax’. That puts me out of step with many travelers who flock to resorts where this is the standard.

I try to make each trip count, because my time is scarce while I can afford (mostly with points) nice places to stay where I’m not four rows of chairs back from the beach and where I don’t need to put a book and towel on a lounger before anyone else has gotten up. Those are the sorts of places – even at expensive resorts (I’ve experienced this at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman for instance) – that I call ‘resort factories’.

Here’s one dad making the rounds in social media, trying to prepare for his family’s relaxation by the pool – by sprinting from lounge chair to lounge chair, putting a towel on it to mark territory.

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He’s just one man. Vacation isn’t relaxing for him but he’s making darned sure his family can get what they’re after on their trip. He’s a modern family hero.

At some resorts, though, he’s Every. Single. Guest. Like at this resort in Tenerife, Spain where people lined up at 6:30 a.m., 90 minutes before the pool even opened, in order to be first in line to reserve chairs. Then they storm this relaxation area like it’s Black Friday at Walmart.

@chloeturner_1 Another day another sunbed war 😂 #holiday #tenerife #playadelasamericas #sunbeds ♬ original sound – Chloe Turner

In Tenerife, Spain I suppose this would be called “the running of the guests.” Your resort fees probably include the pool chairs, too.

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