Croatia, Greece and Canary Islands are among Travel Counsellor's top tips for a safe Autumn break
Travel is certainly picking up again and I am so pleased to have been able to help my customers jet away to sunnier climes this summer, says Wittering-based Travel Counsellor Emma Savage.
Some of the destinations I have arranged holidays to include Split in Croatia; a wonderful destination for a sunshine break but also fabulous for history and culture. If you have been to the Dubrovnik Riviera, I would recommend looking at Split next time you visit the country. It is a relatively short flight, good for both a short city break or longer stay, accessible from regional airports, and the locals are welcoming and accommodating (and the sun shines!).
Other customers of mine visited Greece, at a resort on the mainland called Stoupa. This traditional, unspoilt resort is the ‘real Greece’, where you can while away the afternoon at a taverna by the sea and dine on fresh sea food washed down with a Mythos beer. Bliss! I work with a supplier who specialises in the unspoilt and non-touristy side of Greece; so if this kind of holiday appeals, do let me know and I can help with that.
As summer comes to a close, my attention turns to winter sun. So, where is a ‘safe bet’ if you are looking to get away between October and March?
Well, it is hard to be sure, because the changing traffic light system means the rules for destinations keep changing too. However, based on the most recent announcements, I think the Canary Islands in Spain, including Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura will be a good choice for sunshine without travelling too far. These familiar islands offer a broad range of accommodation, from basic apartments to 5* hotels and everything in between.
If you are happy to fly further afield, I recommend Mauritius. The island has an excellent vaccination programme and will open fully to vaccinated visitors, without isolation, from October 1 (presently, you can travel there but must isolate). Mauritius is served by direct flights from London and the hotels have some very good offers at the moment; I booked my customers to a hotel called The Residence, for a two-week November break, and got them a great deal - 30 per cent off rates and a complimentary upgrade to full board, from half board.
You may also wish to consider the Caribbean, but just check the vaccination and isolation requirements for each island as they do vary. I am happy to do this for you as part of my service.
The Far East remains largely off limits for now, and Thailand has just gone ‘red’, meaning it is against the FCO advice to travel there, for now. Also please do bear in mind the rules for transiting through ‘red countries’ to get to amber or green countries, which can be complicated. Best to stick with transiting through amber or green countries where possible.