Blue Monday Hugs with Greek Sunkissers + Win a Free Trip to Rodos


Should you choose to believe it, today – so called Blue Monday – is officially the most depressing day of the year. Things haven’t been all that bad for me today. As far as Mondays go, today turned out to be a pretty good one for me. Still, this certainly wasn’t the most exciting day I could imagine, and I found myself daydreaming more than a few times about getting away to somewhere sunny and actually scoping a few airline and booking sites in search of a sunny holiday that would be both within my budget and SOON.

Today, a team of “Sunkissers” from the Greek island of Rodos took to the streets in the City of London, braving the snow to spread a bit of sunshine and happiness. Making their way from St Paul’s to Liverpool Street and Finsbury Circus to end up in Exchange Square, the Rodos Sunkissers hugged passers-by to brighten their day and highlight the island’s credentials as one of Europe’s sunniest destinations and, in partnership with EasyJet, to offer one lucky couple a free holiday to Rhodes.

But just because the street hugging gimmick is done, that doesn’t mean your day can’t still be brightened. There’s a Facebook competition running now until the end of February encouraging Brits to help spread the sunshine. The winners will be flown to Rhodes by EasyJet for a week of luxury. For your chance to win, visit the Rhodes Facebook page: Good luck!

I’ve been cooped up inside all day here in Hackney. So, I didn’t manage to get any freebie street hugs. Did anybody out there encounter these folks today? Here’s a video of the same Sunkissers pulling the same sunshiny stunt back in the summer. To date, the clips has attracted more than 160,000 views.

More than a quarter of a million UK holidaymakers visited Rodos in 2012 and this number is expected to grow more than 6% a year. Find out more at

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