Let’s throw it back to where is all began - 1962 - to one man with a real big dream, a mini bus, a shit load of ambition, and a few dodgy old tents. This, my friends, was the birth of Contiki.
55 years on and the free spirit travel ethos remains the same, but to say we’ve come a long way in the past few decades is something of an understatement. From starting out on the open roads of Europe, we’ve now spread our wings to 6 continents, and we don’t plan on slowing down any time soon (continent #7, say what?).
And it’s not just our footprint that’s evolved over the years; our travellers have also been on a journey - one that involves A LOT of hair spray and some serious short shorts action.
How was Contiki fashion evolved from then, to now? Take a look for yourselves…
Europe City Vibes
Europe city vibes at their finest – check out these 4 Contiki babes enjoying a little down time in the plaza of Venice, Italy. Back in the 60’s it was all about the matching 2 pieces…which to be fair isn’t out of place in 2017. Hats off to the ladies who managed to coordinate their packing so efficiently. Today just managing to put together a crease free outfit is an achievement enough.
Who Likes Short Shorts…
It’s not only the Contiki travellers Leaning Tower of Pisa poses that have upped their game. Long gone are the offensively short shorts that took centre stage throughout the 70’s. Today, a simple tee and respectfully sized pants does the trick.
The Contiki Beach Babes
Never mind the girls, check out these 4 beach babes. Yet again repping those short shorts and some even shorter speedos, these guys were clearly out to up their tans with a less than subtle oil shimmer gracing their bodies. Today, greased up bodies have been replaced with boardies, leaving the speedos firmly in the past (and long may they stay there).
The Contiki Ski Babes
If Spring-Summer in the 70’s wasn’t quite doing it for you, just check out the 70’s Autumn-Winter style. The iconic flared trouser hit the slopes in full force, complimented with an array of cropped hairstyles. At least they look like they’ve having a good time, right! Nowadays, we’re looking to fur trims, bright colours and bobble hats for snow bunny style.
And then there’s one travel trend that never changes, the singlet. It seems like airing the pits and putting a little chest hair on show is a fashion rule that will never change. And Fanny’s? Well, if you know, you know…
The Fancy Dress
Lest we forget the legendary Contiki fancy dress outfits. No matter what era, decade or generation, the Contiki travellers’ fancy dress game has always been on point. Congrats guys on looking ridiculous since 1962 – THIS is why we love you.
And finally, here’s a picture of a Contiki traveller having a bath in a sink … because why not?