Every single one was bronzed, lithe, spoke Spanish and louched around the place looking amazing.
It took a while to figure out that Miami is America's major hunting ground for model agencies. If you look like a model, this is where to come to get spotted. Regardless, it took two seconds to fall in love with South Beach, with its soft balmy air, beautiful art-deco buildings and heart-stoppingly strong cocktails.
After a couple of those we struck up a chat with some women in a bar. Women's magazine holiday rule no. Us: "Sure! In the background is a really hot bloke behind the bar, mixing margaritas. They want you to do something stupid so you can all laugh about it later. One dinner and one night in a bar later — he wasn't the barman, it turned out, but the chief engineer — I knew I was in terrible trouble. Particularly when I accidentally-on-purpose missed my flight and stayed on for another 10 days.
Then flew home, unpacked and repacked my bag, and flew back across the Atlantic so I could sail back again in a 60m super-yacht.
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Even my closest friends treated me like a year-old who'd been promised an engagement ring at a Turkish resort. And the less said about my mother's reaction "Don't sailors drink a lot? Anyway, I never saw him again.
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No, not really. It's just that when it comes to holidays, romance isn't at the forefront of their mind. Instead, 88 per cent said they would prefer to spend quality time with their holiday companions, whether on a family holiday or on a trip with their friends.
In some cases, their holiday companion was their partner, which explains why going in search of romance wasn't a consideration. However, Thomas Cook also credits the change in how people are dating to be part of the shift, thanks to new apps such as Tinder and Bumble which have made it increasingly easy to meet new people even when you're back home. The travel firm said: "Of course, it makes sense that in a pre-Tinder age, it was much more common to meet people in a bar or around the pool.
Of course this doesn't mean that there won't be any romances going on during the holiday season.
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