A campaign group which fights for a fair deal for single travellers has been resurrected by a Pavenham dad.
Steve Lyden-Brown, a retired commercial lawyer, has re-started the Single Travellers Action Council, after he was charged around £600 as a single person’s supplement but a holiday operator when booking a solo holiday to India this year.
His daughter Carenza is also involved and has taken on responsibilities for IT, website construction and design issues as well as publicity and PR for the organisation.
Mr Lyden-Brown, who periodically enjoys solo holidays while his wife and daughter go on breaks together, said: “Most people don’t like paying the single person’s supplement which can add 30 to 40 per cent on to the price of a holiday.
“My holiday cost about £2,200 and they wanted another £600 on top of that. Single people often have to pay almost the price of a double room and then find themselves accommodated in poor rooms too.”
Following his own experience Mr Lyden-Brown did some research and was surprised to find that the founder of the Single Travellers Action Council (then called the Single Travellers Action Group), Jean Jewell lived in Sharnbrook. Ms Jewell, who has since died had to give up running the organisation three years ago because of ill health, and at the time it had around 2,000 member.
He added: “I don’t like getting ripped off by these holiday companies and the founder of the group Jean Jewell took a case against the single persons supplements to the European Court Of Human Rights. She did make holiday companies realise that there are a lot of single travellers out there that are not happy.”
To find out more about the Single Travellers Action Council email firstname.lastname@example.org
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