The current circumstances have made booking a holiday feel more uncertain than ever before. However, if you take precautions, are willing to adapt and ready for an adventure, you can still have a fantastic holiday in 2020.
There are some amazing deals to find on holiday apartments and flights, so here are our top tips for a last-minute getaway.
Advice Both At Home And Abroad
The current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic is changing, but there are many places you can fly to, that are considered to be safe according to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
Any nations that are not on this list will most likely require you to self-isolate for 14 days when you get back, so that is something to consider when you plan your holiday.
Make sure to check the restrictions at the country you wish to travel to. Some countries require all British nationals to self-isolate for 14 days or follow their coronavirus protocols. This can include further testing or quarantining, or to sign a declaration.
Taking a holiday in 2020 (and sometimes from 2020) needs a fair amount of adaptation. As the situation can change on a day to day basis, it is important to be flexible about your holiday.
There has been an increasing trend in people booking time off and booking a holiday much closer to the time to be certain they can have a holiday even if not in their first choice of location.
Whilst it can be stressful to wait until close to departure time, you can also get some incredible deals this way, with prices often less than half price per person.
Refund And Return Policies
Sometimes the worst-case scenario happens and a country stops allowing British holidaymakers in. Many of the changes to the travel corridor occur at short notice, which can lead to stress and frustration for holidaymakers either at home or currently abroad.
Before you travel, check your holidaymaker’s, accommodation and airline’s policies on both refunds for cancelled flights and holidays as well their policies for arranging short-notice return flights.
Your Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is always an important thing to have, regardless of when you travel, but this is magnified when travelling at present.
Make sure your travel insurance covers the potential for medical expenses as well as cancellations. Some insurers do offer Covid-safe insurance policies, and so you can feel more confident in booking your flight.
Bear in mind that insurance providers vary in what exact circumstances will make them pay out, so check to make sure the country you wish to travel to is covered, as well as every other eventuality that could happen on your holiday.
Much like at home, a lot of keeping safe is about common sense. Wear a mask when required to, try to avoid being in large groups and maintain social distancing when you can. Most countries you can travel to will have some kind of guidance like this, so make sure to keep yourself safe.