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Plan your next holiday

There's nothing quite like an enforced lockdown to make feet itchy and the desire to travel even greater. But is it a good idea? We asked travel expert Emily McCormick.

It feels like a funny time to be writing an article about travel when our borders are closed and pretty much all of our travel plans have been put on hold, but if you are anything like me then that just makes the feet even itchier! Afterall, they can’t stop us dreaming. And why should we!

So, where to go?

Winter sun is would be our ideal get away when lockdown is over and the borders are again open, and at the moment that means Caribbean, Maldives, Canaries or, if you’re happy to go a little further, the Far East will deliver more bang for your buck. It’s guaranteed to banish those winter and lockdown blues.

But for a more guaranteed getaway – it’s all about the staycation. And this year we have loved exploring the UK. The benefit of throwing a bag in the car and not having to contend with airports, hours of mask-wearing and the threat of last minute travel restrictions has lured us back to a time where a summer holiday was a trip down the highways of our own beautiful country to explore mountains, beaches and pretty towns and villages. There are plenty of options – from cute villages, coastal getaways, city breaks and countryside holidays.

But for those who are planning a holiday for the future – summer 2021 or beyond – flexibility is the key. A holiday should be about fun and anticipation, not stress and worry. It is inevitable that holiday prices will go up next year so it’s certainly true that planning ahead is a good idea, but you need to make sure your money is safe and that if the worst happens and the holiday has to be cancelled or postponed, then you won’t have to deal with the fallout.

It’s a crucial time to choose a trusted travel agent. A travel agent has the inside line on what’s happening within the industry, will get you the best deals, and is likely to save you thousands of pounds compared to the few pounds you might have saved with a faceless dot com company. A holiday is often the single biggest purchase of the year so why risk it, especially in these uncertain times? I have spent many hours over the past nine months rebooking, refunding and reassuring – all without any of my clients having to worry or wait.

News of the vaccine is a step in the right direction for everyone, and while it’s natural that we are all being cautious, flexibility from both the tour operators and travellers means we can hopefully return to some sort of normality for 2021. So let’s get planning our next holiday!

Emily McCormick is an independent travel consult with Travel Counsellors and has more than 15 years of experience planning and organising the perfect holiday for her clients. Get in touch via email or call 01932 807210.

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