With the eagerly anticipated looming traffic light announcement dictating the options for summer travel, lots of people have been asking my advice for where they should be looking to book both in the short-term, towards the end of the year and for 2022.
Most trips I have been booking have been for late summer 2021 onwards, with high demand for the end of the year and particularly New Year trips with loved ones, with Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Caribbean being popular choices.
There is of course great speculation about which countries will get the green light first and what criteria it will entail but regardless of the initial announcements, people are desperate to get away and are happy to plan further ahead - particularly as everything is understandably busy and there are so many flexible offers and conditions available.
Countries that currently have low covid rates, were deemed safe when we were last able to travel (summer), have publicly announced warm welcomes ahead for UK travellers and those where there has been speculation that they will be on the green list have understandably been the most popular requested.
The Maldives tops the list with honeymoon and anniversary trips particularly sought after and the one island, seclusion and tranquillity available is an understandable draw.
Barbados is a firm favourite especially during New Year with Sugar Bay a popular choice for clients.
Likewise, the Middle East, especially Abu Dhabi and Dubai where Covid rules have been strict, and cases remain low, with The Jumeirah in Dubai and the Ritz Carlton in Abu Dhabi favoured choices.
Europe is of course eager to get tourism moving for the summer season. It seems likely that Portugal and Malta will be amongst the first to get the go-ahead and there is hope that the Balearics, Canaries and Greek islands will be able to welcome vaccinated UK visitors sooner rather than later.
The situation will continue to unfold as time moves on and I will keep clients updated accordingly, especially as I am also finding that many of those who have already moved a trip to 2022 are super keen to book another sneaky week away for later this year so they are not missing out.