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Holidaymakers excited for return of travel abroad

Posted on April 6, 2021 by Vicky Smith
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Brits are hopeful for a summer of sun and exploration with more than 50% having booked, or intending to book a holiday this year.

Our travel survey of Staysure customers found just seven per cent of people intend to book a holiday at the last minute to grab a bargain.

The data suggests that travellers are keen to have their plans locked in ahead of time, with data revealing people are missing their adventures abroad so much that they’re set to book more holidays than normal.

Our study, based on 19,477 responses, found more than 3 in 4 keen holidaymakers plan to travel the same or more than pre-pandemic times in 2022.

When can we travel abroad again?

The UK government is set to announce results of an international travel review in early May. It’s expected to provide details of how people can travel abroad once restrictions are lifted.

Under the roadmap out of lockdown the earliest normal travel, including holidays abroad, can resume is May 17.

And people are keen to get back to jetting off abroad ASAP, with 57% of people expecting to travel within two months of the pandemic being contained, according to an IATA survey.

Where can we go on holiday?

This “pent-up” demand for travel has been bolstered in recent weeks by several popular destinations such as Portugal, Cyprus and Greece saying they will happily welcome British visitors this summer.

European countries have said they will be happy to accept fully vaccinated tourists, or those with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The logistics of testing is much easier compared to last year, with many holiday companies, such as Tui, offering help with arrangements for your pre-travel tests.

With the arrangements falling into place, a growing number of people are planning to escape to luxury destinations such as the Maldives, French Polynesia and Barbados, according to Expedia.

American Express found 78% of people want to include a wellness component in their holiday, as travellers look to relieve the stress of the past year caused by lockdowns, restrictions and home-schooling.

But nearly half of Staysure customers (47%) said they plan to stick to their usual destination this year. This means European destinations that are traditionally popular with Brits such as Spain, Italy, and Malta may once again be tourist hotspots this summer.

What’s putting people off travel?

The niggling doubts about whether there will be any quarantine requirements is the key issue putting some people off booking right now.

  • IATA found 84% of those surveyed will not travel if there is a chance of quarantine at their destination.
  • When choosing a holiday 61% of travellers told us the most important factor was whether they would have to quarantine in the UK when they returned.
  • The next most important factor was the destination country’s covid-19 infection rate and half of people were worried about catching the virus while abroad.

But plans for a UK vaccine passport and the EU’s announcement of a Green Pass proving vaccination are set to unlock travel to many popular holiday spots with no need for quarantine. From 19 July, fully vaccinated travellers are also able to travel to amber list countries without needing to quarantine on return to the UK.

Staysure’s survey found 98% of customers would apply to get a vaccine passport.

How to book a holiday safely

You can book a holiday with confidence by choosing an Atol protected holiday company and by selecting a package deal with flexible options for changing dates should the pandemic cause any hiccups along the way.

Don’t forget to get your travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. Staysure’s survey found 60% of people buy their cover right after booking their holiday, which means they’re protected against unforeseen cancellations. You’re protected against cancellations from the day you take out one of our Single Trip policies, or on the policy start date for an Annual Multi-Trip. Your new travel insurance policy with us even comes with 10% off PCR test packages, in partnership with Randox Health.

If you’re keen to travel after lockdown, our handy guide to travelling after the coronavirus lockdown explains what’s changed in travel, broken down into bite-sized chunks.

Staysure survey is based on 19,477 responses by customers to our travel survey 2021.

Vicky Smith

by Vicky Smith

Vicky Smith is a journalist and freelance content creator. She loves to travel with her family. Her favourite place in the world is a sandy beach in Cornwall.