Britons ready to cancel ‘chaotic’ foreign holidays in 2022 – ‘just do something in the UK’

Kate Garraway discusses 'expensive' cost of UK holidays

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Holidays are again put on hold with the emergence of the Omicron variant all over the world. Governments everywhere have reacted quickly to the new variant and imposed new restrictions, most notably Spain requiring all Britons to now be fully vaccinated to enter the country.

One Briton who’d booked a holiday to Spain for next year spoke to about his woes.

While his family holiday was booked for June 2022, he was not confident about travel next year.

Having put down a deposit, he was now trying to get a refund and was considering a holiday in the UK.

Asking to remain anonymous, he said: “Me and my wife and my young son just wanted to go on a nice relaxing all-inclusive holiday to Spain, you know hassle-free and this is just causing more stress.

“Because of the Omicron variant, I’m now thinking is the Government going to shut everything down and should we just book somewhere in the UK.

“I thought it’d just be easier to try and get a refund for the holiday in Spain and then just do something in the UK.”

He explained: “There’s kind of an uncertainty hanging over our head.”

The young family wasn’t alone in thinking travel will be difficult, even next year.

Hotel booking platform hoo found Britons were ditching their overseas holiday plans.

hoo Co-founder, Adrian Murdock, said: “A further dose of travel uncertainty is the last thing we wanted to see but unfortunately we look set to endure another chaotic Christmas of travel due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

“In the short term, many will be facing the tough choice of whether or not to travel home for Christmas having not seen loved ones for two years.

“In the long term, we’re facing yet another setback for a travel and tourism sector that was only just turning a corner after the initial Covid outbreak early last year.

They reported an increase in Christmas cancellations for 72 percent of their independently-owned hotels.

What’s more, 70 percent of hotels had seen a decrease in bookings since the announcement of the new variant.

Covid has been impacting travel for two years now.

Britons are not confident that the end is nigh and once again expecting more travel disruption for the end of the year, and next year.

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