• Confusion and cancellations dampen relaunch of summer holiday season
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    Confusion and cancellations dampen relaunch of summer holiday season

    Holidaymakers face a summer of uncertainty as airlines continue to cancel flights amid confusion at the Government’s patchwork “travel corridor” policy. Last week’s easing of travel restrictions and the publication of a list of countries exempt from quarantine was supposed to hail the beginning of a post-pandemic summer season. But experts have warned that airlines are still struggling to manage to their flight schedules, leading to more cancellations, while there remains a lack of clarity over where UK travellers can go. Lee Hunt, managing director of Deben Travel, said: “At this stage we may be booking a new flight or rebooking a flight that has previously been cancelled, only for the customer to be disappointed once more. “When we are still waiting for refunds and fighting with airlines for flights previously cancelled, we do not want to have to go through all over again.” According to data from tracking site, Flight Aware, a number of services from carriers including British Airways and Ryanair have already been cancelled this week. John Strickland, an independent aviation consultant, said that due to the impact of the global lockdown airlines are unable to plan their schedule with the usual accuracy. He said: “Airlines are having to feel their way with a high degree of uncertainty by looking at existing booking levels, information from internet searches, and a degree of gut feel as they plan what capacity to offer.” Coby Benson, a solicitor at Bott and Co, which specialises in refund and delay compensation, said many passengers are still fighting for money from the start of the pandemic. “The two biggest problems we’re seeing are lengthy delays in airlines processing the request and airlines fobbing people off by telling them to go to their travel agent,” he said. “Many flights will continue to be cancelled over the summer as airlines battle with lower staff and operational levels on pre-Covid flight schedules.” The problems with airlines schedules is likely to be exacerbated by confusion over which countries UK holidaymakers are able to travel to. A study by the PC Agency and Audiencenet found that Britons will only be allowed in 25 of the 74 “travel corridor” countries. Lee Hunt, who had stopped the sale of summer holidays last week due to the confusion on the Government’s plans for easing travel restrictions, said this needs to be addressed. “I would say that my main concern however is that people may book flights not being fully aware of the requirements locally,” he said. “A great example is the UK’s leading tour operators offering seven-night holidays to Cyprus in July when Cyprus has a 14-day quarantine in place.” Emma Coulthurst, a spokesperson for TravelSupermarket, the comparison website, said: “It is vitally important that holidaymakers check the individual country’s entry requirements before booking and also book cancel-for-free or flexible rebooking options in case they unintentionally book a holiday which entry restrictions then prevent them from taking.”

  • The perfect escape for lockdown-weary families
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    The perfect escape for lockdown-weary families

    It’s a novel feeling this – wobbling along a perilously narrow plank, suspended 40ft above the ground, yet feeling safer than those clambering about at ground level in the playground far beneath me. Then again, four months into the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve all acclimatised to a topsy-turvy world.

  • What I learnt about the return of UK tourism after a day out in Windsor
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    What I learnt about the return of UK tourism after a day out in Windsor

    While the town of Windsor tentatively reopened for business on Saturday, with its restaurants, river cruises and tourist attractions finally able to welcome visitors, one local resident remained steadfastly at home.

  • 10 of the best novels set in Russia – that will take you there
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    10 of the best novels set in Russia – that will take you there

    10 of the best novels set in Russia – that will take you there. This list of novels and novellas will help you explore Russia’s vast landscapes and complex history

  • Heathrow poised to host UK's first Covid-19 airport testing trial
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    Heathrow poised to host UK's first Covid-19 airport testing trial

    The proposed pilot scheme could cut short quarantine for travellers coming from "high risk" countries, if they test negative

  • A postcard from Crete as the island tries to salvage its vital summer season
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    A postcard from Crete as the island tries to salvage its vital summer season

    Shops in the popular seaside resort of Hersonissos were shuttered and the main street, shimmering beneath a searing sun, was deserted when I arrived from Heraklion airport on July 2.

  • Thorpe Park post-lockdown is more fun than ever
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    Thorpe Park post-lockdown is more fun than ever

    Hardly any queues and whole rows to yourself on rides – what's not to love?

  • Masks and free hotel stays – what a holiday in Turkey looks like this summer
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    Masks and free hotel stays – what a holiday in Turkey looks like this summer

    Thermal scanning, face masks, and a generous hotel scheme awaits

  • Our first weekend at the seaside in rainy post-lockdown Britain
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    Our first weekend at the seaside in rainy post-lockdown Britain

    Brighton is a place of celebration, parties, indulgence and fun, but also a place that’s very close to my heart: my now-fiancée, Dre, did her surgical training at the hospital here, and we even got her engagement ring from an antique shop in the Lanes.

  • The great escape: 10 lovely new holiday cottages in the UK
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    The great escape: 10 lovely new holiday cottages in the UK

    The great escape: 10 lovely new holiday cottages in the UK. Many Brits will be holidaying in the UK this summer, fortunately there are many gorgeous getawatys to choose from

  • Masked screams and cheap chocolate: First look inside reopened Alton Towers
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    Masked screams and cheap chocolate: First look inside reopened Alton Towers

    The butterflies in my stomach were fluttering as we got closer to the theme park. But this wasn’t about the world-famous rollercoasters, oh no.

  • Stonehenge has reopened, and there's never been a better time to visit
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    Stonehenge has reopened, and there's never been a better time to visit

    This summer is a golden opportunity to visit Stonehenge without the crowds.

  • 'We're bewildered' – Portugal tourism chief hits back at UK's 'confusing' air bridge decision
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    'We're bewildered' – Portugal tourism chief hits back at UK's 'confusing' air bridge decision

    Can I visit Portugal? The latest travel advice as quarantine plans revealed

  • France this summer: four under-the-radar holiday regions
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    France this summer: four under-the-radar holiday regions

    France this summer: four under-the-radar holiday regionsFrance will be a popular option for a post-lockdown break, and is big enough to offer lots of places where crowds can be avoided

  • Foreign holiday bookings playing catch up after UK government indecision
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    Foreign holiday bookings playing catch up after UK government indecision

    Foreign holiday bookings playing catch up after UK government indecision. With the ‘safe list’ of countries finally announced, holiday bookings are expected to pick up, but tour operators are scrambling to make up for lost time

  • Hotels vs. holiday rentals: which should I book?
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    Hotels vs. holiday rentals: which should I book?

    Jade Conroy explores the pros and cons of two key accommodation options – hotels and holiday rentals – in the new world order Hotels Vibe Nothing ruins the high gloss of a hotel more than visors, temperature checks and moving through a lobby quicker than you can say “disinfectant”... before trying to press the lift button with your elbow (and even then, you’ll probably be told to take the stairs). But this is going to be the way of the world. Il Pellicano, on the Tuscan coast, has retained its sense of glamour by opening as Casa Pellicano at half its capacity, harking back to its 1970s heyday when it was a smaller establishment. Its yellow-striped sunbeds – once photographed by Slim Aarons – will be spaced out, as will its restaurant, which will occupy the area usually taken by two. The Pig group is making screens between tables that are “in keeping” with their rustic-boutique vibe (no Perspex here), while the St Moritz in Cornwall is building a “socially distanced restaurant” with 16 private dining rooms. The breakfast buffet will be replaced with in-room dining. The idea is to keep people apart, which feels unnatural.

  • Can Britons book their summer holidays now? And other questions answered
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    Can Britons book their summer holidays now? And other questions answered

    Can Britons book their summer holidays now? And other questions answered. Everything you need to know about Britain’s new travel arrangements

  • 'I made check-in for my flight to Croatia – minutes after the quarantine list was announced'
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    'I made check-in for my flight to Croatia – minutes after the quarantine list was announced'

    What do you call a woman with four non-refundable flights and no destination? As Britain’s air bridge promises shifted from hopeful to fiasco in recent weeks, I am one of many who has been caught in the great bookings crossfire. That was until just moments ago.

  • Why E16 is London's best-kept secret
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    Why E16 is London's best-kept secret

    When a friend who works for a hedge fund bought a house in Canning Town in 2013, I knew the time had finally come. Normally when these people spot an investment opportunity they don’t tell everyone they’re doing it, they just do it. Fortunately for me he spelled out what I had already been thinking, and anyone who moves from Marylebone to Canning Town needs to listened to, if not copied.

  • Where will you travel this summer? Tell us your plans
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    Where will you travel this summer? Tell us your plans

    Summer holidays have finally been given the go ahead – we want to hear your plans The Government has finally issued a list of countries that British holidaymakers can visit, giving the green light for holidays to go ahead this summer. The list of 59 destinations – including Greece, Spain and France – mean travellers from England will be exempt from quarantine on arrival back to England after July 10. A separate list gives the countries that no longer have an FCO warning in place, though not all are quarantine-exempt. Devolved nations will announce their own quarantine plans in due course. The announcement will bring relief to thousands of British holidaymakers with trips booked to these countries in the coming weeks. But there will be disappointment, too. Some countries including Portugal and Sweden do not feature on the quarantine-free list. But the question is, what does this announcement mean to you? Let us know by filling in the form below, or comment at the bottom of the article. Will you travel overseas this summer? Where do you plan to go? If you live in Scotland or Wales, would you consider crossing into England to fly?

  • 'We can't continue to live like this' – meet the cruise line boss who's also an epidemiologist
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    'We can't continue to live like this' – meet the cruise line boss who's also an epidemiologist

    While it’s not hard to find people who think they’re an expert on subject after subject, one cruise line boss really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to coronavirus.

  • Where to have a 'normal' holiday: European destinations without mandatory face masks
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    Where to have a 'normal' holiday: European destinations without mandatory face masks

    Earlier this week I wrote about the draconian face mask rules adopted by a number of destinations, such as New York, whose “liberal” residents have taken to verbally abusing those who walk the streets bare-faced, and Turkey, where masks are obligatory on many beaches (despite the fact that the chance of catching Covid-19 outside, in the baking hot sunshine, is essentially zero).

  • 'Lockdown is murder': A postcard from St Petersburg, a city desperate for tourists to return
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    'Lockdown is murder': A postcard from St Petersburg, a city desperate for tourists to return

    Lockdown restrictions are easing, but local business owners still fear financial ruin

  • I visited Venice last weekend – and it was better than I could have imagined
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    I visited Venice last weekend – and it was better than I could have imagined

    I didn’t believe we were actually going to Venice until we pulled onto the Ponte della Libertà and saw the church spires and towers coming into view ahead of us. After months of travel uncertainty and a lot of time at home, it felt completely surreal to be in a different country and heading to such an iconic city.

  • Don't book just yet! These countries still have travel restrictions on UK arrivals
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    Don't book just yet! These countries still have travel restrictions on UK arrivals

    The Government has given the green light to overseas holidays today, meaning visitors to 59 countries will no longer have to self-isolate on their return to Britain.