Getting ready for your summer vacation

A holiday should be a time when you can get away with loved ones or friends and spend some quality time together. Many of us like to try and go on holiday at least once a year and may have had to miss out last year due to the pandemic. If you are looking to holiday in the UK then you will be lucky to get anything now if you have not already booked in advance. With tight rules and regulations still in place regarding travel abroad, many people decided to stay closer to home this year. The weather so far has been quite pleasant and we have had some days of extreme heat but it can be very unpredictable and can change quickly. Having to book so far in advance means you cannot check what the weather is likely to be before you go so you need to pack for every eventuality.

If you are camping, then you need to be even better prepared than if you were in a hotel as the bad weather can make things very difficult. Try and prepare yourself for bad weather and then you will feel happy if you get a few nice days.

What to pack for a holiday in the UK

So many of us have had to give up on a holiday abroad for a staycation in the UK. The UK has some really beautiful spots but often the thing that puts people off holidaying here is the weather. It can be very unpredictable year upon year. Some years the month of august is hot and relatively dry, others it can feel like winter is already well on its way.

If you have booked a holiday in the UK for later on in the year you may be starting to think about what you will need to take with you. Really you need to pack for lots of different scenarios. Even checking the weather before you go will give you no guarantees as to what it is actually going to be like when your there, as the forecast can change very quickly.

Make sure that you pack plenty of layers, especially for young children who may feel the cold more than us adults. Leggings, t-shirts and hoodies are always a good call as they can be worn in warm or wet weather and unlike jeans, are not too uncomfortable should they get wet.

If going camping, always pack your wellies as the grass can be very wet in the morning and you may want to pop them on to walk to the toilets.

Should you go abroad now?

The Prime Minster has given the green light on holidays to a handful of countries that he deems are low risk. Not many of these places are popular holiday destinations so Brits are really limited on where they can and cannot go. Despite the UK’s strict policies on travel, some countries are not quite as firm and many have now said they will start allowing people from the UK back in without having to have tests or prove they have had the vaccine. The Prime Minister has asked people not to go to these places, but after being cooped up for more than 12 months it is not surprising that people are desperate to get away.

Currently countries on the amber list should only be travelled to in situations where there is an exceptionally good reason to such as for a medical procedure. Although the government has advised again travel to these areas, they cannot really enforce it.

If you are planning a trip to a country on the amber list you do need to check any restriction that may be in place and also what you need to do upon your return. You should also take the time to check through your insurance policy for the holiday and find out exactly what is and isn’t covered under it.

Holidays in the UK are under high demand

If you are wanting to book a holiday in the UK this year, then you need to ensure that you do it quickly to avoid disappointment. With many holidays abroad cancelled for another summer, people are desperate to get away and a holiday in the UK may be the most straight forward option. It is likely that it will be possible to go abroad later on this year, but no one knows exactly when and what restrictions may be in place. It could be that isolation hotels are still very much in place of that you need to have had your Covid vaccine before you can travel.

Hotels, B and B’s, cottages and campsites are really booking up fast and already many holiday providers are stating that they are already fully booked or almost full. This increase in demand has also seen an increase in price. Many holiday destinations are reporting an increase of well over 50% in prices compared to the previous two years. It is probable that some social distancing measures may still be in place and therefore resorts can not open to full capacity which only adds to the problem of limited spaces and availability.

A holiday to Egypt

When thinking about going on holiday, Egypt my not be the first place that comes to mind, but it can make for a beautiful holiday. Recently the UK has announced that it will resume flights to Sharm El Sheikh this summer (if the Pandemic restrictions allow it) following a four year ban due to safety concerns.

Egypt is a country that is steeped in history and has a lot to offer, but with the threats and trouble that has been going on in the country and its bordering countries, many Brits are put off visiting there.  Most parts of Egypt are safe to visit but you just need to be aware of what the rules are and understand it may be quite different to some other holidays you are used to.  You will find the latest travel information from the Travel Office on the government website which will show you if travel is advised or not.

Once in Egypt, you will often spend a lot of time at your resort or out on organised trips. Not many people tend to venture off into the town on their own. Often the hotel reps will organise trips into the local towns or to places of interest such as the Valley of the Kings or the pyramids. These organised trips are often considered much more safe than venturing off on your own.