Four Top Tips When Booking A 2021 Holiday
This year will see many people taking their first holiday in quite a long time, and whether that involves a relaxing staycation or a coach hire to the airport for a great summer getaway, it is safe to say that many people have missed getting away from it all.
The upcoming year will see some rapid changes and shifts in British holidaymakers behaviour, as the rollout of vaccines leads to a gradual relaxation of travel restrictions.
With the current circumstances still changing so rapidly, here are four top tips when booking a holiday in 2021.
Plan Early But Think Flexibly
The holiday season this year, as soon as looks likely to open will be exceptionally hectic. People will more than ever want a holiday, and so expect classically popular times such as spring and summer bank holidays to be especially busy this year.
Be sure to plan as early as possible if you want a holiday during peak seasons, but also prepare to be flexible as the travel situation becomes clearer as we reach April.
Check the government’s foreign travel advice page close to your planned holiday time to see if any restrictions are in place. For example, people who currently live in a Tier 4 region should not travel internationally unless they have a good reason to do so.
Book Extra Time Off
Particularly if you plan on travelling abroad, there may be extra restrictions and isolation periods required when heading to another country and when heading back, so make sure to factor that into your travel plans.
Depending on when and where you travel, you may need to self-isolate for up to 10 days after you arrive back in the UK, so be sure to book extra annual leave if you need to take this extra time off and are unable to work remotely.
Prepare In Advance
Make sure you pack everything you need, and that doesn’t just include a change of clothes and a passport.
Depending on your destination, you may need to get tested for Covid-19 and be confirmed negative before you will be allowed to travel. Make sure to get any required tests, as well as necessary visas and other documents ready and available to show on arrival to your destination.
Consider also investing in travel insurance as well, and look for policies that cover any eventuality you are likely to expect right now, including travel disruption and medical cover.
Keep Yourself Safe
Many of the little steps you take to protect yourself when out and about may still be required when you travel, so make sure to pack a mask, hand sanitiser and wash your hands regularly to protect yourself and the people you are travelling with.
If travel advice changes whilst you are on holiday, follow local advice regarding safety and health measures and keep in touch with your tour operator or airline whilst on holiday in case there are sudden changes in circumstances.