As travel restrictions start to ease across the UK, the nation can’t wait to pack their suitcases and head back to their favourite holiday destinations. Since the start of the pandemic, the frequent changes in travel restrictions left a lot of us feeling that the chance of a holiday this year would remain a distant reality.

For those of us who desperately need a break to distract from our busy lifestyles these restrictions have been particularly challenging. However, it is the tourism industry itself that has truly suffered the harsh consequences of the pandemic. According to an article in Sky News, there is hope that “with less restrictions and more people travelling, we can all continue to move safely forward together along our pathway to recovery.” It will take time, but the process of easing travel restrictions will mean that the industry can start the long process of restoration. The key goal for this new-found freedom is to restore the nation’s confidence in travel so that steps can be taken to rebuild the economy.

The travel industry along with retail and leisure have been left shattered after the pandemic stunted their business. As well as damaging the economy, it left thousands of individuals at risk of unemployment and a majority were left vulnerable. As we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the future of travel does appear to be promising and with less restrictive measures individuals are starting to travel freely and safely both in and out of the UK.

 

Where to go?

As places start to be dropping off the red list and into green, The Guardian looks at the 10 best autumn sun holidays in southern Europe. Even though the UK summer may have ended you have certainly not seen the last of the sunshine.

Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain, the World Health Organization named it as having Europe’s healthiest climate. It seems to be the perfect place for those of you who enjoy the summer sun even in Autumn. The scenic landscape is perfect for outdoor adventures, bike rides, hikes or just a relaxing stroll.  If you just need a beach break head for south-westerly Calheta, Madeira. This is an area surrounded by beautiful vineyards and banana plantations above one of the rocky island’s few sandy bays.

Another destination for a hint of culture lies in the little fishing port of Pozzillo, Sicily, Italy. It lies tucked away from the bustle of the city and is perfect for those who want to experience true Sicilian life.

Santa Maria La Scala, Acireale Photograph: Roberto Lo Savio

For those of us who don’t know where to start for the ultimate getaway, these beautiful destinations are perfect options to explore. So, grab your suitcases and passports, lets get back to the beaches!

 

Sources

https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-travel-between-uk-and-dozens-of-countries-now-easier-after-red-list-cut-to-just-seven-12430770

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2021/sep/26/10-of-the-best-autumn-sun-holidays-in-southern-europe

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