The travel and tourism industry has been among the hardest hit in this pandemic and almost a year later, it is still fighting for survival. With minimum government support, it’s a battle it seemed destined to face alone. However with increased consumer confidence as a result of the rollout of the vaccination programme, does it have to? There are many who understandably can’t book post-pandemic holidays for whatever reason or who simply don’t want to travel but equally there are those who can give the industry the lift it so desperately needs by taking the hit and booking that trip. Are you one of them?
‘Is it safe to go on holiday’ has been trending on Google and there’s no doubt about it, organising post-pandemic holidays in 2021 will be no mean feat. You’ll need to plan like you’ve never planned before, be prepared for every possible eventuality, pay out more than you normally would and take your chances on that roulette wheel of luck.
However, don’t let that put you off. Some hits are harder than others, you don’t need to play all your cards and there are ways to offset the risk. Should you take the hit and book that trip?
In any normal year, planning a holiday requires consideration of a number of factors but post -pandemic holidays are going to need a bigger checklist than ever. If you want to travel in 2021, you’ll need to be able to tick as many of the following boxes as possible.
Are you prepared to……?
|not receive a full refund if you cannot travel||
|postpone to a later date if you cannot travel or accept refund credit note||
|consider a change of destination or itinerary||
|quarantine when you arrive back in the UK (either at home or in a hotel)|
|purchase more expensive travel insurance|
|spend more time planning your trip|
|be tested for Covid-19 at both home and destination airport|
|cover the costs of testing of pre and/or post flight testing|
|expose self to higher risk by travelling especially if not vaccinated|
|deal with last minute changes to restrictions or travel corridors||
|wear a mask for long periods of time||
|cover unexpected costs||
|make alternative arrangements to get home if end up stranded||
|book a package holiday with a reputable agent for increased protection|
|play post pandemic travel bingo and take your chances||
Needless to say, if you’ve not ticked many boxes, then booking a holiday right now is maybe not the best plan for 2021. However if you are in tick box heaven then maybe you can take the hit and book that trip after all?
Weigh up all the pros and cons with my essential ‘Are you prepared to? ‘ travel checklist, choose with confidence with Emma’s top travel recommendations and be reassured by Rob’s expert travel tips. We’ve got all you need to make an informed vacation decision this year. Make sure you watch this space for the latest info on where to go and when plus all the help and advice you need to book that post pandemic holiday you’ve been dreaming of. We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to.