Travelling and holidaying abroad is something so many of us look forward to each year. The anticipation of a summer escape keeps us going through the long winter months. Yet, in the last year, few of us have had the luxury of escaping to sunny shores or scenic cities.
With an international travel plan expected from the UK government this spring, many people will once again have their travel plans uprooted. With all this uncertainty it can feel impossible to plan a holiday in 2021.
If you are still planning on booking a holiday this year, check out our guide for planning a holiday in 2021.
Expect the unexpected
If the travel chaos of 2020 taught us one thing, it was to expect the unexpected. Many travellers were caught out in European countries when the UK government removed their travel corridor status at the last minute.
If you are planning to travel abroad later on this year, make sure you have back up plans to return early or not to go at all should regulations change.
Prepare for quarantine
As it stands, most countries around the world have some form of quarantine or self-isolation regulations for travellers visiting from abroad. While this might change as the vaccination program rolls out worldwide, it is best to plan for quarantine measures.
Check with the UK government’s travel advice before you fly anywhere, as well as the regulations of the country you intend to visit.
Verify your vaccination
Right now, there are no concrete regulations on vaccination passports. Nevertheless, if you intend to travel abroad you should expect that the border agency in that country will want verification of your vaccination status.
You might also be expected to take a lateral flow covid test on arrival to ensure you are not carrying the virus into the country you want to visit.
Stay close to home
To ensure a relatively hassle-free vacation, it could be worth using your holiday to explore closer to home. Staycations are set to be huge in 2021, with many people hoping to get away from home for a bit once we are out of lockdown.
Alternatively, you could also explore your local area. Taking a journey from Wakefield to Doncaster by train for example or exploring one of the UK’s national parks on a day trip perhaps.
An at-home holiday might just be your best bet for getting away this year.