Lockdown restrictions are now being eased around the world, which means that holidays and travel can become a reality once again - although you may well need to plan a bit more carefully than you would have done in the past and keep up to date with all the latest developments relating to the pandemic in your choice of destination.
When it comes to selecting said destination, you might be wise to choose a place you’d be happy staying for a few weeks, as you’re sure to want to have a longer break to help you enjoy some much-needed R&R following lockdown. Knowing that you have a two-week break ahead of you, relaxing and recuperating, will certainly put a smile back on your face.
Something else to consider is who to go on holiday with! Families have spent months apart because of the virus, missing out on all sorts of anniversaries and milestones, so why not organise a huge get-together of extended family and have the holiday to end all holidays with everyone you love around you!
Look out for private holiday villas to rent with a big swimming pool, tennis courts and lots of space for the kids to run around and really blow off some steam.
Thinking practically, it might be a good idea to familiarise yourself with what the airport experience is likely to entail so there are no surprises on the day - and it may help children adjust a bit quicker, as well.
Expect to see the likes of socially distanced arrivals lounges and halls, Perspex screens hand-sanitising stations, disinfection tunnels, temperature checks and so on. There is no global standard yet and this could well be a long way off, so also expect to see a variety of different measures across the various airports.
Also make sure that you give yourself more time than you usually would to get to the airport, check in and board your flight. Public transport to and from the airport is likely to be reduced, so bear this in mind. You’ll also be faced with one-way systems, so this could mean it takes longer for you to get to where you need to be.
Do your best to avoid touching surfaces wherever possible at the airport and make sure that you wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds after you use the self-service check-in, trollies and any other frequently touched communal surfaces. You might also want to carry your own little bottle of hand sanitiser with you for peace of mind.
If you don’t want to quarantine upon your return home, you could always choose your holiday destination based on which nations are exempt. It would perhaps be wise to check the list regularly in any case as the situation is still changing week by week.