As we near the end of a year that most of us would sooner forget, one way to raise the spirits is to think about the holidays we might have in 2021. We are all acutely aware that things will not be as they were, but hopefully we will all still be able to get away on that long yearned for break.
Where to go?
Researching your holiday should not be a chore. Spending those long winter evenings finding out about places you’ve never been should be the perfect preparation for a particularly special holiday. Ask yourself what type of holiday you want. If you are craving art galleries and a hefty doses of culture then you may want to head for one of the great European capitals like Paris or Berlin, but if it’s sun and surf you need then you’ll want to head for the beaches of the Algarve, Spain or the French Riviera. Or maybe you just want to get away from it all in some rural retreat far from anyone.
Keep it safe
Keeping yourself and everybody else safe has to be the top priority. With Coronavirus an ever-present threat, every time that we leave the house, we run a risk and when we travel that risk is increased. Recent research suggests that travel by aeroplane is a lot safer than has been assumed and that the combination of air purification and social distancing substantially reduces the risk of Covid transmission; however, you may wish to explore whether ferry and car or travel by train would be a safer option. You should also consider your accommodation: whilst all-inclusive hotel packages are always attractive, a hotel necessarily brings you into contact with a lot of other people. If you are considering a holiday destination such as Italy or Portugal, take a look at the range of holiday villas on offer.
We live in a constant state of flux
No one knows what kinds of restrictions we may be living under in 2021 but we can be sure that the situation will be changing constantly and that different restrictions will apply in different countries. Check online regularly to see what restrictions apply in the EU country in which you have chosen to visit. Brexit may also impact on your travel plans and you may find that you need additional time on the life of your passport. If you intend to drive in Europe, post Brexit, you will need an international licence specific to the country you are visiting. Be aware that you may need to complete a two-week quarantine on your return.
Is your destination activity appropriate?
If you are planning a European wedding, stag or hen make sure that you’ve checked in to any possible restrictions there may be on the number of people who can assemble in one place. Likewise, if you are planning particular activities, research in advance to ensure that they will be operating. It may be prudent to take out additional insurance as protection against sudden and unforeseen changes to restrictions.