Written by: Dragonfly Traveller

Since March 2020 the travel industry has been existing month to month, week to week, not knowing what is coming next. We have had travel bans, lockdowns and the traffic light system to contend with, not to mention PCR tests and quarantine rules.

With every change, those in the travel industry – myself included – have had to get up to speed quickly so we are in a position to advise our customers and hold their hands through their journey abroad.

Thankfully, things are starting to open up a bit more. We have helped individuals, couples and families have safe holidays abroad, all in line with current legislation, and it feels great!

The travel industry can now start to feel optimistic about the future. Covid-19 is going to be with us for a while it would seem but this doesn’t need to stop us from travelling.

There are so many benefits to taking time out from every day life and having a holiday and, personally, I think we all need that break more than ever! The people who have gone on holiday over the last few weeks with us have all said how much they needed that break for their mental health and to spend time together with their loved ones away from their homes, which have been turned into their workplaces and schools over the last 18 months or so. A change of scenery and climate can do wonders for the body and mind!

We recognise that, quite understandably, people are nervous and apprehensive about going abroad at the moment, whether that is because they don’t fully understand the rules in place or because they are worried about losing money on non refundable bookings.

Any decent travel operator understands this and can offer help, advice and support to ensure you are as protected as possible and feel reassured.

Looking ahead to 2022, we expect luxury holidays to make a real come back. From delayed honeymoons to those wanting to celebrate a milestone occasion that perhaps passed during lockdown, Caribbean islands and cruises are bound to be popular.

The Caribbean offers warm turquoise seas and powdery white sand beaches – a real taste of paradise. Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica and Dominican Republic are all great choices for a 2022 break away with year-round sunshine and plenty of English speaking all inclusive resorts.

There is also a wealth of culture to enjoy from the 1950s look of Havana to the smell of Caribbean cuisine, colours and music that engulf you.

Let’s hope that 2022 is the year that we can experience the many benefits of international travel again – we could all do with a taste of paradise after what we’ve been through.

Rob and Lisa Gower of Dragonfly Traveller work as travel PAs, building bespoke holidays for their customers. Call 01604 661100 or visit  www.dragonflytraveller.co.uk to find out more.

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