While we’re not quite out of the woods yet, and it looks like we’ll have to learn to live with Covid for the foreseeable future, it’s uplifting to know there is definitely a glimmer on the horizon. Just being able to leave our homes is a start, but it won’t be long before we can venture further afield than our front doors. Where are you heading? Here’s some essential reading before you book.
There is no doubt that, thankfully, the vaccine programme has changed things radically. We are also fortunate that the over 50s has been the first group to benefit from its protection, so some people are already raring to go! One survey conducted even late last year revealed that, in light of the vaccination news, 25% of those of Saga age already had a holiday booked. And in another review conducted by Silver Traveller in November 2020, over three quarters of the respondents said they’d have confidence booking and travelling in the following six months.
Leading the way with vaccine-only travel
Saga hit the news headlines in January when we announced that all guests on our cruises and holidays would need to be fully vaccinated against Covid at least 14 days before they travel. Saga was the first company to make this ground-breaking decision, and we did so without hesitation in response to the 98% of our travel customers who said this is what they wanted to be able to fully relax and enjoy their holiday. Our cruise crew will all be vaccinated too as soon as possible. So that holiday and cruise guests have time to get fully vaccinated, Saga Holidays is looking to resume holidays and sailings in the summer. Find out more.
Keep up to date with the latest travel information from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.
Along with coronavirus, something else will be affecting holidays in Europe – Brexit. It has always been recommended that, along with travel insurance, anyone travelling in Europe should have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). These cards ensured that the holders received the same level of medical attention as the residents of the nation they were visiting. If you have an EHIC, it will still be accepted until its expiry date. After that, you will need to replace it with its new equivalent: the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). These are available free of charge from the NHS – you can apply online.
Discover the delights of home
With some people being understandably uncertain about travelling abroad for a number of reasons, holidaying in the UK has become an attractive proposition. Perhaps with the world opening up over the last couple of decades, enjoying our own home turf has been overlooked as a holiday destination. But, after a year of being tied to one area, the prospect of exploring the fantastic opportunities that lie within the British Isles is very appealing indeed – and we certainly might have forgotten just how amazing the UK is. Embracing the outdoors by foot, bike or boat means you can get a change of scenery but still keep away from the crowds if you’re not keen on mingling just yet. The self-accommodation option instead of hotels might be another solution if you want to keep to yourself, but it’s also a great choice if you want to gather all the family together.
If you’re planning a family holiday when restrictions are lifted, you might need to book accommodation of quite a size to fit in all the generations! Whether it’s a castle or multiple cabins and cottages, the cost could mount up. Some holiday lets are offering generous cancellation policies in light of how swiftly things can change these days. But although it’s second nature to take out travel insurance when you go abroad, did you know that travel insurance also covers holidays in the UK? Baggage can still get lost or damaged, cancellations could be non-refundable and holidays can be forced to be cut short, even in the UK. So, if there’s a big get-together on the horizon, check out getting your holiday insured as soon as it’s booked. Plus, with Saga Travel Insurance, you can add up to nine people to your policy no matter how old (or young!) they are.
If you're interesting in getting a Saga Travel Insurance policy we're currently offering 15% off a single trip or annual multi-trip policy. Find out more.
Saga’s range of insurance products is designed specifically for our customers and is unique to us. Saga Travel Insurance is underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch, which meets our high standards of quality and service.
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