So we are beginning to see flights restarting and countries accepting tourists once again. However with a 14 day quarantine in place on return to the UK even if the FCO flight ban for UK residents is lifted, holidays abroad are going to be unsustainable for the foreseeable future. This is a huge blow for us in the travel industry but we will weather the storm and will be back booking lovely holidays for you all soon.
The question is however are you happy to return to travelling? Have you been waiting to jet off on holiday or are you happy to sit it out a little while longer?
There will certainly be a change in the way we travel but we aren’t sure how these will affect us yet. The cost of a holiday is most certainly going to increase as suppliers and companies try to stay in business following months of no income. The security of ensuring you are booking with a reliable agent with financial protection has never been more important.
Over the past few months, I have been looking into different types of holidays and alternative travel arrangements for customers who are still unsure of traveling. Airlines are regularly updating us on their proposed hygiene standards on board but there are so many things we can do ourselves to make travel safer.
Use online check in and download boarding passes to your phone. Use self-service baggage drop off at the airport and upgrade to fast pass security to avoid crowds. Always ensure you carry hand sanitiser, under 100ml to ensure you can carry it in your hand luggage, and use a face covering when possible as many airlines will be making this mandatory on flights.
If you are still unsure if you want to fly then look at alternative travel arrangements. There is a fantastic choice available for no-fly train travel to Europe. You could travel to the European countryside and cities or from your local train station. Many of the European train companies have reconfigured seating to comply with social distancing. Train travel can be made even safer by upgrading to first class to ensure fewer passengers in a cabin. The sale of food and drink has been suspended and cleanliness of the carriages is hugely important.
Travel later this year to European cities to experience Christmas markets and step on board your train journey with only 48hrs notice to the French Riviera this summer.
Another popular option of course will be the UK staycation. With talks of opening up caravan parks by early July we may see a huge surge in holidays at home. Many companies are preparing for this opening with lower prices due to less facilities being available. Self-catering holiday homes are looking at new cleaning standards and leaving properties empty for a few days between customers.
We will see a change in how we holiday in the future but only time will tell what these will be. As we wait for the new normal to arrive, I am here, happy to talk to you about your next holiday.