The Great Getaway

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Depending on whom you talk to, between 1-8 million and two million of us are airport bound this weekend as we use the last bank holiday of summer to take a break. The AA says that 16 million of us will take to the roads to explore parts of the UK and Ireland. Yet again, the media suggests it will be a record number of us travelling. When did they ever say it wasn’t?
It’s always a distinct possibility that strikes will occur juts to add to the misery of the bustle of travelling so I just mention the possibility of a strike on Eurotunnel. As I tweeted yesterday, it may not happen and it is hoped by the company that the British workers will be able to keep things going as it is only the French workers that are affected. But check before your travel, as they say.
ABTA says that this year it is the Balearics, mainland Spain, Portugal and the Greek islands that are attracting us which is little different from the usual holiday patterns. Fewer of us seem to be going to Egypt and there is still space, even at this late hour, in Turkey. Don’t however jump for a cheap flight this weekend (yes, there are some around) unless you look at return flights as well. There are some really high prices around for return trips from, say, Faro, Tenerife and Ibiza if you plan to travel back in the next three to seven days.
For those of you seeking city breaks this weekend, New York leads the way (may Hurricane Irene stay away!) with perennials like Paris, Dublin and Amsterdam high up there as well.
Roads to the festivals in Reading, Leeds and Notting Hill will be busy this weekend so watch out if you’re travelling in those directions. On a personal note, good luck to one of our writers, Jane , who will be on one of the Notting Hill floats. May it stay dry for you.
Apart from the festivals, other busy roads will be the M5 to the west country, the M6 from north of Birmingham up to Blackpool and virtually any other road that leads to the coast or an event. And there are lots of events on this weekend which you’ll find listed to the right in our regular column. The biggies have to be gravy wresting in Rossendale and bog snorkeling in Llanwrtyd Wells!
Whatever you’re doing, enjoy it.

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