BRITS should be looking at booking their summer holidays for 2021 already, according to one travel expert, to get the best deals.
Quash Quarantine spokesperson Paul Charles advised that not only will countries have adapted to welcome holidaymakers safely, but tour operators are offering bargain deals to encourage bookings ahead of the winter season.
Brits have been left uncertain about holidays abroad, with last-minute quarantine restrictions leaving thousands abroad or with their trips cancelled at short notice.
France, Spain, Portugal and the Greek islands – all popular destinations with UK holidaymakers – have been put back onto the quarantine list in recent weeks.
However, Brits should instead be looking to book in a holiday for next summer already instead, both for a bargain and for a safer option.
He told Sun Online Travel: "I think many destinations will be in great shape by summer 2021 to host travellers, so rather than not book anything I’d advise people to book holidays for summer 2021.
"I think countries will have learnt a lot of lessons by then, if there is not a vaccine then they will have learnt lessons on how to keep cases down."
Many tour operators and airlines are also offering a range of schemes to reassure customers their holidays are safe – easyJet are allowing passengers to move their flights for free while TUI has a Covid protection scheme to cover all additional costs.
Mr Charles added that travel companies such as holiday home and villa specialists are particularly in demand, as families can book a "bubble" holiday where they are in their own groups without mingling.
He explained: "A villa holiday allows you to create your own bubble with people you are on holiday with, so you can socialise there, have barbecues there and swim in your own swimming pool."
Instead of waiting until next year, Mr Charles says now is the time for the best deals too: "Travel agencies are needing some money to tide them over, so they are offering some very good deals right now.
"I think now is the time to book because you’ll guarantee decent prices before hypothetically they rise closer to next summer."
TravelSupermarket's Emma Coulthurst explained where the most popular locations are at the moment, with Antalya in Turkey and Crete in Greece some of the most searched destinations for next year, as well as Brit-favourite Tenerife.
She told Sun Online Travel: "I’m not surprised to see Turkey dominating the short haul destination preferences."
"It has contained the virus well and kept its case rates lower than most of Europe. It also offers a really good climate well into October.
"It is proving to be the most popular choice now for September or October breaks and, for these reasons, is also on people’s wish lists for next summer too."
Here are some great deals you can book right now for a summer 2021 holiday:
- Seven nights with return flights with TUI with 15kg luggage and resort transfers – Tenerife (from £293pp), Antalya (from £287pp)
- Seven nights and return flights to Tenerife with Jet2 with 22kg luggage and resort transfers – Tenerife (from £299pp), Antalya (from £379pp)
- Seven nights and return flights with easyJet with 23kg luggage and resort transfers – Tenerife (from £299pp), Antalya (from £196pp)
Longer-haul destinations include The Maldives as well as US destinations Las Vegas and Orlando were also high on the list for holidays.
While they are all still on the quarantine list, with the US borders closed for UK tourists, it is hoped holidays will be back on the cards by next year.
She added: "People who haven’t holidayed this year are probably wanting to save up and go somewhere where they have always wanted to next year."
- The Maldives holidays with TUI – from £1,223pp
- Orlando holidays with TUI – from £681pp
- Las Vegas holidays with TUI – from £599pp
Families who have holidays next year which remain on the travel ban list will likely be able to move them to a different date, or be given a refund, meaning snapping up a bargain now may work out better at a later date.
UK holidays for 2021 are also already selling out, with some reporting a 500 per cent rise in bookings.
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