today i learned – thurs 1st feb 2018

pinch, punch, first day of the month! 😏 … it feels like it’s been a while since we did that!

anyway, today’s fact is something that has been bugging me for a while! πŸ™ƒ finally got around to it! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

#tdil what ‘atol’ is and why on earth it needs protecting 😏

‘atol protected’ … it gets a cheeky mention pretty much every time a holiday company advert comes on the telly box … but what on earth does it actually mean? πŸ™„

well, it turns out that ‘atol’ stands for ‘air travel organiser’s license’ and it’s something that came about in 1973, when flying about on tin cans started to get popular ✈️

it was started by the civil aviation authority (caa) due to a large amount of travel companies failing and subsequently leaving their customers stranded in far away lands πŸ™ˆ #notideal.

the aim of atol is basically to protect peeps if the company they travelled with goes bust … so that they don’t get trapped in another country or left out of pocket πŸ‘πŸ»

travel companies with atol pay the caa Β£2.50 per person that they book on a holiday … the money is used to create a fund that can ensure travellers complete their holiday or get a full refund (if the company goes bust before they leave the uk 😒)

to summarise … the protected bit of ‘atol protected’ just refers to the company/you benefitting from the protection of atol 😊. if you go on a holiday with a company that is atol protected and that company goes bust, you’ll be safe in knowledge that you’ll be able to get home πŸ™ŒπŸ»

if you want more atol facts, take a gander ->here<-

this was a pretty grown up post πŸ™ˆ we’ve had two in a row now!? πŸ˜… don’t worry, i’m sure we’ll be back to pointless facts tomorrow 😏

for now though, that’s us done for another day! have a decent day 😘

peace out 😁 #tdil

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not feeling all of this adulting? go forth and melt your brain with sick pointless facts ->here<-

(image time again πŸ™ƒ … header is ->here<-, image one is ->here<-, image two is ->here<- and image three is ->here<-)

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