Hopeful holidaymakers have faced a year of cancellations and losses as the coronavirus pandemic shut down global travel. New travel corridors offered a glimmer of hope when they were introduced just months ago, but already nations have been suddenly axed, leaving travellers once again awaiting refunds.
With more changes likely to come as the coronavirus levels in the UK grow, a travel expert from Skyscanner has shared an insight into some of the best tips for those still keen to book a holiday.
Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk Jon Thorne said: “Staying abreast of the changes to guidance from the Government, as well as doing some research on restrictions in destinations should be the first step when looking to book a trip.”
The Government base travel corridors on the number of confirmed cases of the virus in certain destinations.
Currently, officials are looking at a country’s coronavirus case rate per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
He continued: “If your favourite destination is not on the exemption list, be open-minded and consider somewhere which might offer the same type of trip, maybe in a place you wouldn’t normally consider.”
Though 2020 has undoubtedly had a negative impact on the travel industry, Mr Thorne points out that more flexibility from travellers has been an unexpected positive of the situation.
“Travellers have never been more adaptive in their mindset, with most people waiting until very close to departure to book, when they’re confident that they can travel within Government guidelines,” he said.
With that said, holidaymakers should bear in mind the rapid nature in which travel regulations can change.
“Where possible book a flexible ticket, and a hotel with free cancellation, both of these are highlighted on our site and where appropriate there are links to the provider websites to ensure travellers can read the detail on what that flexibility is,” Mr Thorne advised.
“Of course, over the last few months some travellers have been faced with the need to get back from their holidays quite quickly, and that’s where Skyscanner has been instrumental for lots of people.
“We give our travellers as much detail as possible so that they can make the best decision for them.
“It’s wise to stay abreast of the situation and have a ‘plan b’ in mind, as well as being prepared to act quickly should guidance change.”
As with any holiday, travel insurance is also vital.
“Travel insurance is another way to protect a booking, and you can read the guidance on insurance in the time of COVID on our blog,” he pointed out.
Though many insurers were unable to offer coronavirus-related cover in the early days of the pandemic, many policies have since been amended to take care of travellers when issues arise at the hands of the virus.
“The truth is that the situation is changing quickly, and where possible travellers should try to have a flexible travel arrangement, travel insurance in place or ideally both to protect their booking,” Mr Thorne concluded.
Published at Fri, 25 Sep 2020 23:01:00 +0000