Don’t holiday on the continent

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If you were planning on a summer holiday on the continent, the head of the EU, Ursula von der Leyen, is warning you not to do so.

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In an interview that she gave to Bild, the German magazine, she is quoted as saying that no-one can make forecasts of what will happen in the summer months, even suggesting that we could still be living with the coronavirus outbreak until next year.

Probably you had already decided that you weren’t going to visit favourite spots like the Canaries, the Balearics, the Algarve, the Greek islands or Turkey this year. France and Ireland are out as options as well.

Italy and Spain may be lessening the lockdown grip that they have on their citizens but they may not want to see using visiting especially if there is the remotest chance that we might reintroduce the infection into their countries. This is always supposing that the Foreign Office lifts its advisories on travelling outside of the UK or that tour operators will be able to put anything together. And that there are airlines to fly us there or bring us back!

Is there a pent-up urge to holiday on the continent anyway?

Would we be more likely to skip an overseas holiday this year unsure in what we might face? Few of us probably want to go somewhere where we might be locked down and forced to stay in  a country until allowed to return home.

Many people, I suspect, will be cautious this year and that applies to wherever you live in the world.

I don’t think we need Ursula von der Leyen to guide us. Most of us have probably written this year off and are either thinking of a staycation or of holidaying abroad next year.

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