For the most part, 2020 was a complete write-off owing to COVID-19. Countries have closed their borders and placed strict social and travel restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
Holidaymakers who were abroad at the beginning of the pandemic were faced with having to return home before lockdowns were implemented, while many more saw their breaks cancelled. There was a brief period in the summer when it looked as though holidays were back on the agenda as travel corridors began to open up, meaning that travellers no longer had any need to quarantine as they crossed borders. As we have moved into the colder months, however, those corridors have slowly closed one by one and countries have once again been placed in lockdowns – albeit, softer lockdowns than we saw in the spring – as a second wave of COVID-19 began to spread.
Things have looked bleak and many of us have been questioning when, or even if, we will return to normal. No one knows how much longer the pandemic is going to last, which makes planning anything next to impossible.
Vaccinations on the Horizon
While scientists warn that any vaccine will likely not stop the spread of this current wave of the virus, it has been suggested that restrictions could be eased or even completely removed by summer 2021.
That will come as a relief to everyone who have come to their wits’ end with the virus, presenting the prospect of a return to normality and, with that, the return to holidaying. How long until we can move freely as we once could? Who knows, but things are certainly looking a lot brighter than they were just a few weeks ago.
What we can Look Forward to
Until there is any further concrete development, it is probably safe to assume that the furthest it is reasonably safe to travel is domestically. That will mean forgetting about more exotic and tropical locations for just a little while longer and looking a little bit closer to home.
Older travellers may wish to look at holiday parks, similar to residential caravan sites popular for those in retirement, for their annual getaways. Such sites have been a favourite for mature holidaymakers for many years anyway, especially due to the fact that they are a cost-effective way of enjoying a break without travelling too far away from home.
As the pandemic has progressed, the benefits of being outside have been recognised – so rather than limiting how many times, and for how long, you are allowed outdoors, these are some of the restrictions that have been largely lifted. Granted you can only make the most of the outdoors on your own or in your household/social bubble, but it does mean you can enjoy a day out at the park.
Heading into the spring, it is likely that the hospitality sector will begin to open back up to a point, so we should be able to look forward to at least a city weekend break. What happens after that is anyone’s guess, but fingers crossed that we are coming out of these unprecedented times sooner rather than later.