After Boris Johnson’s latest statement, moods have been lifted at the thought of having a summer where holidays are back on the cards. It has to be mentioned, that it is down to review, but it gives us a glimmer of hope that we can get back to enjoying the world, just in a slightly different way.
Of course, travelling abroad won't be the same as it was. You can expect enhanced measures, proof of negative PCR tests and extra protocols; but the world has changed since the start of the pandemic and adapted to the way we live now, and this is a part of it.
As it stands currently, international travel could begin to open up in mid-May at the earliest. And this has been reflected in the demand for summer holidays that has happened, quite literally, overnight!
So, what's hot?
Staycations, or holidaying at home, has shot to the top of people’s holiday lists in the last year, and people are starting to realise that the UK is a glorious destination for a break. A perfect way to spend time with your loved ones, a staycation is a great way to ease back into the world of travel. And it’s come as no surprise, seeing as domestic holidays are set to open earlier than international travel.
We can look back at last year when staycations began operating again, and one of our suppliers, Hoseasons, reported a booking every 11 seconds! This does mean that you do need to be quick however as availability is already limited, especially if you’re looking to get away during summer. You need to act fast to book what you want, rather than what’s left.
If you're wanting some inspiration, check out our Top 6 Reasons To Book A Staycation!
A country of incredible contrasts, Turkey has always been a firm favourite among UK holidaymakers, thanks to soaring temperatures in mid-summer, as well as it’s diverse offerings of activities.
From the stunning beaches of Olu Denz, vibrant markets in Fethiye, and the bustling city of Istanbul, there’s always plenty to do and see. Choose to opt-in for an all-inclusive holiday and truly sit back and relax, or perhaps go self-catering and taste the divine delicacies found through the markets and local restaurants.
You can listen to an episode of The Travel Podcast all about Turkey below!
A trip to Greece is full of Mediterannean flare, incredible beaches and centuries-old sights. It’s a land steeped in ancient myths, mind-blowing dining and spectacular scenery that tourists flock to every year.
It really does tick all the boxes when it comes to a perfect holiday, whether you’re a sun worshipper wanting a week in the sun, or an adventure-loving seeking new adrenaline highs, Greece has it all.
For family-friendly resorts, places such as Kefalonia and Kos should be top of your list where hidden gems and lush beaches await you. If you’re looking for something livelier, Zante and Mykonos are where you want to be, from chilled bar vibes to dancing at bars on the beach.
Mainland, Balearics or Canary Islands? The choice is yours. Think paella, sangria and blissful heat. There’s a reason is one of the most popular hotspots in Europe.
From adult-only hotels to family-focused resorts, you really will be spoilt. Spend your days lazing by the beach, racing down slides and the water parks, and your evenings wandering the incredible market stalls. It’ll be hard to not fall in love with the Spanish charm found in its fantastic beaches, lovely climate, and what’s better is the fact it’s a short hop over the pond.
What should you do next?
If you’re wanting to take advantage of the incredible savings flying around at the moment, your Personal Travel Consultant will be able to help with this. They’re clued up on the best suppliers, and where to find exactly what you’re looking for.
They can also arrange your extras that you’re going to need:
- Car parking
- Travel insurance with COVID cover
- Airport hotels
You do need to be quick, as holidays are quite literally flying off the shelves. We’ve seen airline already increase their capacity with extra flights, but it isn’t unlimited.
Here's what you could be taking advantage of:
- Low deposits
- Low monthly payments
- Huge savings
- Free child places
- And so much more!
So after a year of not being able to travel, now is the time to re-ignite that travel bug and get back doing what we love most; seeing the world.