A realistic message of optimism for the New Year
Happy New Year!
2021 may not have started as we would have wished, though we hope there is now a genuine light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine rolling out across the world.
Last minute winter escapes are probably off the cards for those based in the UK. The general consensus is that there will be little international travel before March at the earliest.
March and April are in the balance and will most likely require 5 or 10 days self-isolation on return, but we expect by the summer travel will be up and running again to most destinations.
Despite continued uncertainty now is still a good time to start planning your Summer holiday. Many hotels are already very busy for the summer with postponed bookings from last year. Destinations like Greece and the Balearics are seeing great demand for new bookings.
There are currently some great special offers with unprecedented flexibility on booking terms.
We understand that after so many false dawns, complete flexibility is absolutely crucial when booking anything for 2021. In many cases, we are making bookings without the need for a deposit. Allowing us to take advantage of the special offers and availability, without having to worry about refunds. Giving you the opportunity to plan and have something to look forward to without any financial risk.
We know this is a difficult time for everyone. We feel our small way of helping is to assist those who are ready to start planning navigate this difficult maze travel now presents.
If you’ve got any questions about what might be possible later this year, please get in touch.
We still don’t know how travel liberties will be granted as the vaccination programme reaches scale. We’d hope for the resumption of travel corridors, operating in a similar manner based on cumulative cases. There was an interesting announcement from the Seychelles this week, saying they would allow entry to all vaccinated passengers from anywhere in the world, which might be an indication of the way things will go.
We also hope quarantine requirements will be universally reduced with better testing protocols, using both PCR and LAMP testing at airports.
So in short, travel this summer might be limited to countries who’ve vaccinated at scale, or have low cases and are willing to open their borders to the UK.
Europe, Caribbean, North America and the Indian Ocean would be our recommendations.
Best wishes, stay safe for now, but start thinking about your next adventure!
Ed and Rosie