While most companies will be throwing major deals ads here and there I want to talk about the reality of booking between now and next year.
Many Will Be Left Wondering- What Will Happen If I booked my Holidays For 2021?
I will not put out misleading travel advice for the sake of travel sales. This may only lead to frustration if something happens after booking. Your safety and wellbeing is what is important.
If the travel firm cancels, what are my options?
You can expect your money back in full – within two weeks of cancellation for package holidays, or within a week of the departure date for flights.
What if the airline or travel firm goes bust?
You can expect your money back in full. The Atol scheme protects package holidaymakers, while for flight-only deals you can claim through your credit-card provider if you book direct with the airline.
Online travel agents often have very attractive prices, and can offer some excellent airline combinations unavailable from other sources.
What sort of insurance should I take out – and when?
Any trip that you buy should be covered by insurance – so take it out at the time of purchase. Many policies exclude cover for coronavirus-related cancellations – though refunds can be obtained from the travel firms.
Some policies may also exclude medical cover for coronavirus contracted (or becoming apparent) when abroad. Check with the insurer if it is included. Unfortunately there is no certainty about whether the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will continue to provide cover in 2021.
After the COVID-19 when we have been given the all clear- you are free to book and enjoy your holidays! I think this is the safest and sensible way to go.
Misleading travel companies giving the #keepcalm #travel on despite the coronavirus.
Will we have to stay home for longer?
While in France and UK we are currently been told to stay home between the 7th-11th May, we suspect it could be extended for even longer- depending on how the virus has decreased in numbers.
While we are currently waiting for the coronavirus to end and wishing others well, we can only hope for the best. There is much uncertainty at the moment and we don’t know how long the lock down will be extended for- how flights make their decisions to resume as normal and if hotels will even consider reopening.
There is a lot to be agreed with before travel companies can give the go ahead.
I know how you are hoping for a beautiful summer, enjoyed by the beach and have many ideas for your bucket list.
I am right there with you! I am also hoping we can go ahead and enjoy our time outdoors freely and maybe pack our things up and go camping! There is no doubt lockdown gets a little boring, but we are helping the world right now by staying put.
Staying at home is decreasing the spread of COVID-19 so at least we are all trying to do this together and staying home for as long as necessary. However, we are also hoping for the pandemic to be over this year so we can not only enjoy ourselves, but to know its the end of a deadly virus that has effected us in more ways than one.
Home life is spent keeping busy as we can, airports are complete with planes not moving and work has come to a halt.
While we are all hoping for swift changes, we can still perhaps find the next best destination for when things return to normal.
What The Statistics Say
No doubt by European summer- I think maybe by that time we will know for certain the status of the pandemic. While the other side of the world- New Zealand has only recently gone into lock down so they might decide to also extend for longer even though there’s rumors of lifting the idea.
Overall 1,400 people have become infected with coronavirus in New Zealand and 12 people have died. This may be low statistics compared to other countries but some may dispute to keep locked down for longer to ‘keep it out’.
While the world gets well again, I suspect the higher the statistics the longer the lockdown. We can guess but we can’t make the decisions so a waiting game it is.
Christmas and New Year could be the hardest time for all of us if there is no sign of change. Let’s stay positive though! I am sure leaders worldwide will have this COVID-19 booted under control soon.
The Future of Travel Online
While there are still some booking agents around in cities, more and more people are taking to booking online. Its fast and its easy and its simply printing your tickets and away you go! We took this route as we can also take you anywhere! With our fare compare, you can check out the cheapest travel deals on flights, hotels, car hire and hotels. We have some cool additions coming soon.
Don’t forget to check us out if not now, but in the future!
Who Is Still Flying?
Flight tracking website Flightradar24 recorded just 711 departures from the UK’s 10 biggest airports last week. That is a huge loss. Like most airlines have lost if not billions in tickets unsold.
At Belfast International, there have been no passenger flights since EasyJet grounded in March. A spokeswoman said the airport remained open and “appropriately staffed”. “Passenger flights are effectively limited to round-the-clock medical emergency flights,” she said.
“Our extensive lifeline nightly cargo operations continue to provide the vital supplies required by the core health and food chain sectors throughout this most challenging of times.”
Medical flights include passengers who need to go to Great Britain for treatment, not related to coronavirus, while cargo flights go mainly to the East Midlands and Stansted airports and include Royal Mail services.
Bristol Airport is “assisting with repatriation, medical, military and other essential movements,” a spokeswoman said.
Julian Bray, an aviation expert and broadcaster, said some grounded aircraft may “never return to the skies”.
Lonely Planet’s Where To Go When: the ultimate trip planner for every month of the year
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Where To Go When, the ultimate trip planner for every month of the year, is a beautifully illustrated book that is both practical and inspiring. For every month of the year it presents 30 recommendations of destinations that are at their best during each month, whether due to their climate, or value or because there's a lot going on. The suggestions feature every flavour of travel experience from culture-rich city breaks and tropical beach holidays to adventurous road trips and wildlife-watching expeditions. Every corner of the planet is covered so you'll find out when the best time to see mountain gorillas is or to go shopping in Paris. The book is organised by month. At the start of each chapter a flowchart guides you through the options so readers can filter the recommendations according to their interests. Whether you're into beaches, trying the local specialities or backpacking off the beaten path, there will suggestions for you. Diagrams also depict the climate, value for money and family friendliness of each suggestion in the month. Then Lonely Planet's authors explain in detail why each destination has been selected. The text describes the place and why it's special at that particular time. The destinations are illustrated by inspiring photographs and have a small infographic that shows the key reasons to go. Practical details make the first step of planning a trip easier. Packed with facts, photos and new ideas for your next adventure, Where to Go When will inspire and interest anybody who loves travel. About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, gift and lifestyle books and stationery, as well as an award-winning website, magazines, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in. TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category 'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times 'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves, it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)
Check out our store (Shipped by Amazon) to find other books and keep you amused at home. https://bonvoyageabroad.com/holiday-shop-buy-items/
Systems would need to be thoroughly serviced before they could fly again.
Mr Bray added: “We will see some smaller airports go to the wall unless a rescue deal can be arranged.”
Bray said he expected passenger numbers to be low even when restrictions were lifted as people choose not to travel.
“Some are getting one or two departures a day, but it is pretty bleak at the moment.” Airports would still have to cover fixed costs – ranging from management to air traffic control – whether there were flights or not.
We care about our customers. It is better to keep you updated rather than putting anyone in danger of COVID-19.
Our Travel Advice For COVID-19
Stay home and keep safe.
Give it a while and keep an eye on reports until we all feel safe enough to travel.
Don’t forget to join in with our other posts.
I love to read your comments!
See our travel shop- Amazon are continuing to work throughout the coronavirus.
Note* Amazon are handling packages carefully and also there is much lower risk of contamination than visiting stores. You can spoil yourselves with some travel books and your essentials.