Are you thinking of getting away during the festive period?

With England still in a second lock down, the thought of getting away is not something that most of us can do at present. Over Christmas it is likely that rules will be relaxed somewhat, but no one knows for sure exactly what that will be.

Sometimes Christmas can be quite stressful, it can put a financial strain on you and your family, you may worry about who you are going to spend the day with as many people have quite a few family members that they would like to see on the big day. This year even more people are feeling the pressure of Christmas but many are also looking forward to hopefully being able to switch off from the pandemic if only for a week,

You may decide that you do not want to have the hassle of arranging who you can and cant meet up with and instead will book a little getaway. It may be that you are not able to fly but you should be able to find a place in the UK that you can rent for a few days. Christmas in a little cottage in the Lake District or in Scotland can be extremely enjoyable and allow you to spend some quality time with your loved ones.

Planning your business travel

Some businesses are having to restrict what their employees do and that may mean that a lot of travel that was done pre Covid has now had to be stopped. For other businesses, travel is an integral part of their business and they still need to do a certain amount to allow them to keep trading.

If this is the case for your business then you need to take the time to plan your travel or that of your employee carefully. It may eb that you need to allow a lot more time as checks and restrictions have been put in place which may add time on to your journeys.

It is important to ensure that the member of staff that is traveling feels happy to do so and is well. Any signs or symptoms of Covid and they should not travel and instead isolate. If travel is required then you need to try and eliminate the number of people they come in to contact with as much as possible. This may include not travelling at peak times and staying in a hotel away from the city centres.

Travel can still be done safely but it is vital you take as many precautions as possible to protect your employee and those that they may come in to contact with.

Is it safe to plan next year’s holiday?

This year has been a very difficult time for holiday makers as they have had to cancel, rebook, postpone and defer their holidays again and again due to the restrictions caused by the Covid virus so is it safe to book holidays for next year at the moment?

The answer to this question is perhaps, as no one really knows for sure whether the virus will be sufficiently under control next year or not. One thing is certain, travel insurance should be taken out before booking and the fine print of the policy documents needs to be read to ensure that cancellation or delay due to the virus is covered.

If you feel that a holiday abroad next year is a must for you and your family then try to look for a holiday location that has a lower incidence of the virus and one that is welcoming visitors from the UK. Greece and Turkey are two such places to consider for next year as they have had fewer cases generally. Expect there to still be certain restrictions in place next year such as social distancing and mask wearing in indoor spaces, but hotels and restaurants should be operating normally albeit with reduced capacity.

Is a last minute deal a good idea?

With the world thrown into chaos recently with the Covid outbreak, many people have had to drastically rethink their holiday plans. Many flights are now resuming allowing you to travel to certain countries but this is changing daily and countries are moving on and off the safe list.

Holidays can be expensive, especially if you have a large family, so you will probably be looking to save as much money as possible when booking one. Many people use the internet now to book holidays but there can still be some great deals to be had in travel agents. Now may be a good time to grab a bargain but there are also still quite a few ricks that you need to weigh up. If you arrive at the airport and you or a member of your family has a temperature, even if it is just from a cold, you will not be allowed to fly. Most travel insurance policies are not covering Covid if taken out since the outbreak so you may lose out on your money and your holiday. It may be that when you first go on holiday that country is classed as safe and so there is no reason to self-isolate upon your return. This problem that many tourists have encountered recently is that this information can change within 24 hrs so you may all of a sudden be told you will need to isolate upon your return. This could cause you to miss work or your children to miss their return to school.

Are caravan holidays in the UK becoming more fashionable again?

There was a time that touring caravan holidays were regarded as the choice of retired people and were sometimes scorned by the general population. Comedians would often joke about getting behind a row of caravans on the roads and caravaners stopping by the roadside to enjoy a cup of tea but in recent times caravanning seem to be seeing a resurgence as many people see the benefits of having your own belongings and some home comforts around you whilst being able to visit lots of different locations.

With the cost of holiday accommodation rising significantly in recent times owning a touring caravan has become more attractive. It is quite possible to have to pay in excess of a thousand pounds to stay in a static caravan by the coast in the summer months meaning that for many families this is not affordable. Staying in an apartment or other self-catering accommodation can be even more costly so this may be why caravanning has become more popular.

The advantages of staying on a caravan site with a family are great as there is the freedom to explore the site and its surroundings. Many sites have play areas for children, and some have swimming pools, clubhouses with entertainment and restaurants.

Ever fancied getting away from it all then why not try a retreat?

For many of us the opportunity to get away from the busy lives we lead for a short while is an attractive proposition and can leave us feeling refreshed and energised. Some people may think of a retreat as being a religious experience one where there are strict rules and regulations to adhere to but this is not the case as a retreat experience is often concerned with wellness and mindfulness and is a chance to recentre ones thoughts.

The choice of the type of retreat you choose depends upon the experience you want to have. Some offer the chance to learn a new skill or embark on a weight loss programme whilst others simply give you the opportunity to do nothing for a few days. Many spa retreats give you the option of choosing treatments which can help with relaxation and sleep whilst also giving you the opportunity to exercise in their gyms and swimming pools.

There are some companies that offer retreats based on food, that is they design a meal plan for you during your stay that they say will improve digestion and wellbeing. They have nutritionists available to discuss your particular needs and to advise you on any dietary changes you need to make.