Holidays in the open air

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With over a hundred e-mails from the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) travel advisory section over the weekend, it has been a busy time just reading of the restrictions imposed by countries from around the world.

panoramic view of the Lake District
The Lake District might be top of people’s holiday lists this year

The bright spot was an e-mail from the CTO (Caribbean Tourism Association) alerting me to the fact that Barbados was still open for tourism and that there were no reports of anyone with coronavirus. (This is at time of writing and may not be the case now so check.)

Borders have been closed such as between Germany and neighbouring France, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Denmark.

You are usually only allowed to cross borders if you are commuting to work or moving goods around.

Tourists and visitor movements are a big no-no.

Airlines around the world have all announced not just that they are cutting capacity but slashing it. This morning the Scandinavian airline SAS said that it was grounding most flights and easyjet, BA, Virgin Atlantic are among airlines that have announced similar cutbacks.

Cruise ships are finding it difficult to find ports at which to dock. Some countries are almost curfew type policies like Italy and parts of Spain where you are only allowed to visit supermarkets, chemists and the like.

The answer to this shortage of holiday possibilities is to enjoy our own countries. As yet museums and galleries are still open in the UK (unlike France, Spain and Italy to name just a few countries) as are the National Trust, English Heritage, Cadw and similar bodies.

Walking holidays in the UK, camping, caravanning or taking a mobile home and seeing parts that you’ve not seen before would appear to be the answer for a break. Renting cottages and holiday homes (but not on large complexes) appear to be a growing trend at the moment.

So we will concentrate on a combination of news and domestic holiday options for the foreseeable future – and I have no idea how long that might be!

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