Author: Parker

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.

Family holidays are needed more than ever

Throughout 2020 many holidays were cancelled I postponed due to Covid and the restrictions. There were brief moments when you were allowed to go on holiday but the advice was ever changing and those that went away often said that it was nothing like it usually was.

Holidays are important as they allow people to spend time together doing things they enjoy and away from the stresses of everyday life. It may be that in some families, holidays are one of the only times they all get to spend quality time together as with school, work and other commitments, it can be hard to have that otherwise.

At present we are in lockdown so unable to go ok holiday, but There is nothing stopping you booking a holiday for later on this year but you do need to be aware that with everything so uncertain, it is possible that it will have to be changed or cancelled again. Always ensure that you will be entitled to a refund should you not be able to move the holiday to another date.

Prices for holidays are likely to soar once things do open up so booking early may allow you to secure a lower price.

Family get togethers over the festive holidays

Christmas is creeping upon us fast and with Covid restrictions looking likely to be lifted slightly for a few days, many families are looking forward to being able to spend some quality time together. It may be that you have decided you want to go away for a few days or perhaps you would rather spend the day with friends. Christmas has always been a time to spend with family and friends but this year feels very different and like no other.

IF you are worried about choosing between people to see due to the household limits then you may actually decide it is better not to see anyone. This may be nice if you have children of your own or if you have a partner to spend the special day with but if you live on your own this can be very lonely.

A Christmas mini break in the UK may be the idea option for those who want to spend it on their own but not just sat in their house. There are some great deals on mini breaks but be sure to check which tier the place is in before you book as after the relaxation of the restrictions has expired we will go back to the tier system again.