We’re all desperately hoping that by next year things really will be back to normal.
And one of the things many hard-working families are looking forward to is a well-deserved holiday.
One that doesn’t invoke chaotic travel rules and endlessly checking which traffic light colour your holiday destination may be on.
So it was really depressing to read in the Daily Mirror that the cost of holidays for families hoping to go abroad next year is going to soar by a staggering 15%.
Many people, me included, have been put off travelling this year because of the uncertainty of travel advice, the threat of self-isolation, and the extortionate cost of all the Covid PCR tests you have to take when you leave and re-enter the country.
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Holidaymakers seem to have written off this year, stayed at home in the rain, and have started making plans for 2022. And with unashamed speed, the travel companies and airlines have been waiting to pounce.
Research by the Daily Mirror via online travel agency Kayak found that airfares for next Easter are a fifth more expensive than 2019 – an average £441 compared to £365.
It’s particularly upsetting for families like mine who want to travel abroad notjust to sit in a sunlounger on the beach, but to see family members they will not have seen for three years come 2022.
Yes, taking a holiday is understandably thought of as a luxury, but the idea of getting a break from rain-soaked Britain is what keeps many hard-working people going.
Travel firms and the airline industry have struggled like many others during the pandemic, but now more than ever they must be fair and proportionate.
All this at a time when people need a sunshine break the most.