The future for multi-centre holidays

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The pandemic has brought another problem for holidaymakers which many readers might not have considered.

the French Riviera. has tighter controls than many other parts of France

One popular type of holiday is the twin or multi-centre holiday where holidaymakers might, for example, combine a beach holiday with a city break each lasting a few days or to make up a seven of fourteen day break.

They might be in the same country or they might be across a few.

Whilst these holidays are popular in European, they are also favoured in many other parts of the world where visiting  a few different island nations appeals to holidaymakers.

But there is a bigger demand in escorted tours that could take in four or five countries. Originating with backpackers and those who saw travel as a rite of passage, young Australians and Americas would tour Europe visiting umpteen countries either by coach or using the under Eurail Pass which potentially allows travel across 33 countries.

But how will that work now?

There are differing quarantine rules between different countries in Europe but then there are different rules within nations. In France there are tighter lockdown rules in Paris compared to some of the rural areas. In  the south east on the Cote d’Azur, the rules are tighter tyhan nerby areas.

Back in the UK, a tour through Yorkshire and the north-east would take you through potentially three different sets of rules. Whilst they are designed for our safety they will play havoc with guided tours.

Recently a family taking their camper van through Europe left Germany (on the UK green list) and travelled through Belgium and France to catch the ferry back to the UK. Although they didn’t get out of their vehicles in the last two countries (on the UK’s don’t travel list) how do you prove they didn’t get out?

Result – a fourteen day quarantine on return to the UK because both France and Belgium are on the “don’t visit” list.

One of the issues being discussed by Caribbean nations is the issue of whether a PCR coronavirus test in one location is sufficient for another or whether you need one for each. At present it looks like you need one for each with a possible quarantine period when you switch islands. That may knock on the head the idea of mulyi-island visiting.

If life was complex and perplexing before for travel and the traveller, it is obvious that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to follow, understand and to decide what to do.  

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