Pointing at fish. Lounging in a millionaire contact’s villa. Taking off your tie… but not your suit.
For years we thought we knew political holidays. Photo after photo seemed joyless and forced.
But backpack-wearing Jeremy Corbyn has changed that.
We revealed yesterday how he’d been papped by a Brit tourist in sun-dappled Dubrovnik, Croatia, gazing upwards wistfully in green shorts on a cycling holiday.
In other words, looking like an actual tourist.
You may think a cycling trip in eastern Europe is no big deal. After all, what’s the fuss?
Well, you haven’t seen the other political holidays. Here’s a fun round-up of 7 examples that show how relaxed the Labour leader really is.
1. Theresa May’s Italian stroll
With an election disaster, leadership rumblings and Brexit , it’s no wonder Theresa May needed a break.
The Prime Minister spent last week hanging around near Italy’s Lake Garda with her husband Philip.
And as we reported at the time, the photos broke new ground in dull political holiday snaps.
Mrs May’s highlight appears to have been singing God Save The Queen in an Italian piano bar with all the guests.
But that’s a high-octane thrill-ride compared to…
2. David Cameron’s Cornish coffees
Anxious of jetting abroad while swinging the axe of austerity, David Cameron ‘staycationed’ in Cornwall for many of his holidays.
The pictures, arranged ahead of time in exchange for privacy for the rest of the trip, were pretty yawn-inducing.
Always in the same dark polo shirt, the Prime Minister would sit at a beachside cafe and point at fish to show what fun he was having.
We were all convinced.
3. William Hague’s banking conference
If you could think of three words that make a great holiday they probably wouldn’t be ‘Barclays’, ‘bankers’ and ‘conference’.
Yet that was enough of a lure for William Hague to join just such a shindig on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como in 2008.
His office insisted he paid his own way and did not attend the conference’s seminars, whose titles included ‘yacht ownership’.
Defending Mr Hague’s trip, a Barclays spokesman said at the time: “This is not jolly people going to dinner, it’s an educational seminar.”
Must have been a great trip.
4. Gordon Brown’s Suffolk sufferance
Gordon Brown, famous for his Presbyterian work ethic, kept his blazer firmly on while on holiday – giving new meaning to ‘smart casual’.
And one break to Suffolk in 2008 is even said to have been forced on him by his wife to make him look in touch with Middle England.
According to author Andrew Rawnsley, “it was entirely her idea, imposed on her protesting husband.”
A friend told the author: “He hated every minute of it and couldn’t wait to get back to Scotland.”
5. Margaret Thatcher’s Swiss snooze-fest
Margaret Thatcher was another famed workaholic, sleeping for a reputed four hours a night and taking few holidays.
According to her authorised biography, she spent several breaks with retired MP Sir Douglas Glover in Switzerland.
But despite the chance to relax, Sir Douglas’ wife was reputedly run off her feet trying to find guests of “sufficient brainpower and eminence” to dine with the PM.
One time a “steaming” Iron Lady is said to have returned “even less relaxed than when she left” after Swiss economists criticised the Bank of England.
6. Tom Watson’s giant Glasto hangover
Yes, we know what you think – Glastonbury Festival is the greatest holiday of all.
But not for Tom Watson in 2015.
While Labour’s Deputy Leader put the “party” in Labour Party at the silent disco, a civil war was gripping his MPs after Jeremy Corbyn sacked Hilary Benn from his Shadow Cabinet.
He was forced to return – no doubt with a very sore head – on Sunday morning from the tiddly train station near the festival site.
7. Tony Blair’s Tuscan schmoozes
Tony Blair earned the nickname “Tuscan Tony” for his frequent visits to the Italian region, hosted by celebs and the MP Geoffrey Robinson.
Sounds fun, right?
Except it these kind of friendships which whipped up endless holiday controversies during his premiership.
The then-Prime Minister had to have one eye on the inevitable headlines when he’d come back.
Sure, staying at Cliff Richard’s pad in Barbados is a good offer. But how many times can you really listen to Summer Holiday?
And finally… a partier to rival Jeremy Corbyn
Ed Miliband, of course, has one of the greatest political holidays under his belt.
Days after his 2015 election disaster, he and wife Justine went to Ibiza to “get away from it all”.
While other politicians were tucked up by midnight, we can only imagine Ed partying into the wee hours on the White Isle.
That’s what we’d like to think, anyway.