Earlier this year, thousands of Britons had their holiday plans cancelled as the pandemic pulled the breaks on international travel. Instead, Britons decided to go on holiday in the UK, ditching flights overseas for something closer to home. But with many missing the opportunity to travel overseas, Britons are looking to broaden their horizons and truing out some new destinations.
The USA has been out of bounds to Britons for the majority of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, if the country opens its borders to Britons, it’s looking as though it’s likely to be a popular choice.
Mr Thorne explained that Florida is very popular with families, especially due to the abundance of theme parks.
He said: “After a year spent at home, some parents are keen to make new childhood memories with their kids and have perhaps been saving throughout 2020 in order to do so.
“This route is operated by the larger airlines and tickets are currently being covered by flexible booking policies so that travellers can book with peace of mind.”
2. New York
The city that never sleeps is usually a very popular spot with British holidaymakers, and that is likely to be the case next year.
“New York is a top ten destination for Britons year-round, and the volume of trips missed or postponed in 2020 will be enormous,” Mr Thorne explained.
He added: “People are keen to make a return trip to the Big Apple or to experience it for the first time.
“We also expect that many people are looking at New York as a stop on multi-centre trips to the US, with people spending part of their holiday there before moving on.
“New York is also a hotspot for those looking to enjoy a cruise, with many flying in to join a ship setting for the Caribbean or to explore the East Coast of America.”
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Greek islands have been one of the few destinations open to Britons this summer.
The majority of Greece’s islands were on the travel corridor list up until late summer.
Several were removed but were then re-added last week.
However, Crete and Mykonos are the two that are still on the quarantine list which means Britons have to isolate for 14 days on their return to the country.
Mr Thorne said: “It could be argued that the Greek Islands had most visibility during the summer on social media, with holidaymakers and celebrities enjoying breaks there.
“Many who weren’t able to get away during the summer of 2020 may have been inspired by their friends and favourite popstar or actor to venture to Greece in 2021.
“Crete is one of the largest of the Greek Islands and is accessible from regional airports in the UK.
“It also offers varied accommodation and levels of affordability, with fantastic options for most budgets.”
Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands are currently on the UK’s quarantine list.
However, this week it was revealed that Spain is hoping to introduce travel corridors between the popular Canary and Balearic Islands and European countries.
If this is the case it’s likely that the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands will be a popular spot for some Easter sun.
Mr Thorne explained that “temperatures reach the low twenties in April” making it a tempting spot for an Easter getaway.
He added: “Travellers looking for a traditional family break will be more than happy to return to an old favourite which is served well by airports around the country and offers a slice of something they’ve missed in 2020.
“With many resorts built to cater for UK tourists, holidaymakers can book with the peace of mind that comes from familiarity and Tenerife’s well-earned status as a family holiday hotspot.”
As well as the Americas and swathes of Europe, most of Asia has also been off limits to Britons.
While Thailand is exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)’s advice against all non-essential international travel, the country has strict rules in place for arrivals at present.
Only certain categories of foreign nationals are permitted to enter or transit Thailand.
And those who are eligible to enter, are subject to 14 days in quarantine at a Thai government-designated facility at the traveller’s expense.
The country is likely to be a popular destination once again with Britons once the Thai government eases its restrictions.
Mr Thorne said of the destination: “Thailand is a bucket-list travel destination for many Brits and enjoys very hot weather in April, one of the hottest months of the year.
“Some of those looking to visit Bangkok will be chasing the sun, and many will be recapturing missed trips in 2020.
“Bangkok is both the gateway to Thailand and its famed islands, and southeast Asia generally.
“Lots of travellers will be looking to spend a few days here before heading off on an adventure to popular islands Ko Samui, Phuket or Ko Phi Phi, or to another hotspot nearby, including neighbours Malaysia and Vietnam.”