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Title: Holidays 2021
Post by: 4D on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 13:40:12
Thinking about booking a summer break but not sure what the current thinking is regarding holidays this summer. Happy to go back to Spain or take a lodge break in the UK. Anyone looked into it yet?


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 13:44:33
I've started to think about it today funnily enough. We'll probably try and get to Turkey in September and I've started to look into going for a weekend/week in the Peak District as that's really easy for us to get to now we've moved to Northants.

My wife really wants to get to Ireland to see her family and we also want to get across to Luxembourg to visit her sister and some of my friends so this year its mainly going to be driven by seeing loved ones I reckon. We also have a garden now so I'm quite looking forward to dabbling into it with my green fingers and settling down to enjoy the sun with a cold drink.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Chunkyhair on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 14:04:32
I am increasingly thinking that Summer Holidays abroad aren't gonna happen this year.

I am due to go to Greece in July, a rebooking from last years cancelled holiday.  2 weeks ago I was 60/40 it was gonna happen.  Now I am 70/30 it's not.

One piece of obvious advice I would give is be careful who you book with if you do go ahead.  I have had three holidays (and probably soon to be 4) cancelled due to COVID, all were booked with Jet2 and they have been outsatanding in terms of custoer service/prompt refunds etc etc


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Panda Paws on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 14:09:24
UK only this summer - a week in Southwold.  Just can't deal with another cancelled holiday or visiting a half-normal foreign destination.

Then a risk-free booking for a second attempt at NYC and Cancun over New Year.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: RedRag on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 14:18:20
Sharing a cottage with friends in Rock, Cornwall.  Eat, drink, dog walk, swim, relax etc.

Would recommend booking a UK break soonest as likely to be popular.

Bit too cautious to go abroad this year.  

Would probably suggest Kefalonia on the basis that if quarantined could always stay with Audrey.  ;)


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Maidenhead Red on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 14:23:20
Haven't booked anything yet, but the wife is keen to get something sorted. We've been to Madeira a few times in recent years and it's always nice around September time. Might look into that

 


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Cowley38 on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 14:31:18
For me a UK Holiday is the only option for 2021..

Anyone going abroad is to put it bluntly a complete knobend.....


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Samdy Gray on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 14:35:16
Looking to get away to Devon or Cornwall at the end of May but availability looks scarce. Won't be going away over the summer because #3 is due. We had a big family holiday cancelled in February which we'll trying and re-book for October.

I've seen some cracking deals for Turkey for May 2022 so might get that booked up.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Berniman on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 14:40:00
Have Mexico booked for September, which is basically a rebooking of my holiday from last year, but not expecting it to go ahead.  Once we have more clarity we might look at moving the booking again to very early 2022 Jan/Feb.

One thing i do know is that I am in serious need of a holiday having not really stopped working completely since Oct 2019

Will probably look at booking a short UK break for Sept ahould the inevitable happen


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: bamboonoclue on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 14:44:31
For me a UK Holiday is the only option for 2021..

Anyone going abroad is to put it bluntly a complete knobend.....

Why would someone going abroad be a complete knobend? That's a slight overreaction Cowley. Surely if they have taken every step to protect themselves and are likely visiting a country with less cases than the UK then why is that being a knobend?

Could quite easily go with the masses to Cornwall or Skegness and be mixing with a load of folk, virally shedding on each other (yum).

Surely the "knobend" comes from a person who goes about not giving a fuck. You know, like Laurance Fox. Now he is a complete knobend but someone staying in an apartment in Turkey, Spain or Greece (and so on) just chilling out, minding their own business... to me is not :)


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: bamboonoclue on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 14:45:34
Have Mexico booked for September, which is basically a rebooking of my holiday from last year, but not expecting it to go ahead.  Once we have more clarity we might look at moving the booking again to very early 2022 Jan/Feb.

One thing i do know is that I am in serious need of a holiday having not really stopped working completely since Oct 2019

Will probably look at booking a short UK break for Sept ahould the inevitable happen

I hope you get a break Berni. Everyone needs some respite  for sure.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 14:52:16
I am increasingly thinking that Summer Holidays abroad aren't gonna happen this year.

I am due to go to Greece in July, a rebooking from last years cancelled holiday.  2 weeks ago I was 60/40 it was gonna happen.  Now I am 70/30 it's not.

One piece of obvious advice I would give is be careful who you book with if you do go ahead.  I have had three holidays (and probably soon to be 4) cancelled due to COVID, all were booked with Jet2 and they have been outsatanding in terms of custoer service/prompt refunds etc etc
Greece is opening up for tourists next month. It does seem a bit rushed as cases - on the mainland - are rising. Weíve been pretty clear throughout the pandemic here although still hamstrung with all the lockdown/curfew measures.

After reading the UK was vaccinating at 27 jabs per second the other day, here we managed 17 in total for the day!


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: JBZ on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 14:54:23
I won't be chilling out abroad this year even if it is legally possible to do so. 


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 14:56:13
For me a UK Holiday is the only option for 2021..

Anyone going abroad is to put it bluntly a complete knobend.....

A well measured post. Very well done.

Not really, the post of an owl's vagina.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Shrivvy Road on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:00:29
I am taking a big amount of holiday enquiries abroad now. It looks likely that we will be operating a traffic light system from June onwards.

There is going to be a roadmap released around the 6th April. I think there will be a lot of red countries on it from a May 17th  but these will start to go into the green and amber allowing us to travel from june onwards based on vaccines and testing.

Also looking likely that we will see a travel corridor with the USA from July. Happy to try and answer any questions regarding travel for you


Title: Holidays 2021
Post by: Batch on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:10:24
I've got accommodation in Tenerife booked at the end of July that was carried over from last year

I'm not convinced we'll be able to go. I hope I'm very wrong


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Nemo on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:12:56
A well measured post. Very well done.

Not really, the post of an owl's vagina.

On a point of order, owls have no such thing. Birds have a cloaca, which is one exciting mega-hole that does all ins and outs.

On the topic, I'm not going to try and go abroad this year but understand the desire to do so. Moving house so will at least get a significant change of scenery. UK holidays probably advisable for the summer at least though.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:16:22
On a point of order, owls have no such thing. Birds have a cloaca, which is one exciting mega-hole that does all ins and outs.

On the topic, I'm not going to try and go abroad this year but understand the desire to do so. Moving house so will at least get a significant change of scenery. UK holidays probably advisable for the summer at least though.

I literally picked the most random thing I could, and have ended up picking something that doesn't exist! Woe is me. Had I chosen to go with 'Owl's Cloaca' that might have ended up being less insult and more badge of honour by the sounds of it!


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Tails on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:19:23
We sunk a whole load of money into wedding & honeymoon in the US last year which all got rescheduled to this year so fingers crossed it all goes ahead or else I stand to lose a shit load of money. A lot of the stuff we booked are not so hot on the refunds despite the ongoing situation. Bit difficult with the other half being a teacher, means the only time we can do anything really substantial is August. She's all jabbed up and I'm hopeful I can get mine before the summer.

We fully intend to go if we can though, especially if we're both jabbed. Honestly couldn't give a monkeys how much of a knobend it makes me! Thankfully Florida is vaccinating all adults over 18 from next week so looks like it could be a goer.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: RedRag on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:22:06
Very good luck with that, mate.

Love Florida.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Panda Paws on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:24:21
Very good luck with that, mate.

Love Florida.

Same. St Pete's is my favorite spot. Amazing beer town.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:27:49
There is going to be a roadmap released around the 6th April. I

It won't be a bloody road map, it will be a schedule!

(sorry bug bear of mine, same with sodding staycation!)

Oh and we are off to Northumberland for a fortnight in the summer as per usual, also got a long weekend booked in Manchester for the Christmas markets (with a no fuss cancellation up to the day before!).

Also trying to get a few weekend tips with mates organised, generally just trying to get a few things into the diary to look forward to.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: DV Canio on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:30:37
Would love to get away for a family holiday but unsure who easy travel will be, so donít want to book anything.
Was supposed to be going to Turkey last April with Jet2holidays but obviously it got cancelled and had a full refund very quickly.


If a family holiday is unlikely I will probably escape somewhere in the UK for a weekend where at least three people will be murdered and the hotel will become a crime scene, which is always good fun.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Broadbents Tackle on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:31:32
Decided to make a trip to the Scottish Highlands, having been to Scotland quite a few times but never the Highlands. Haven't looked into much yet, does anyone have any recommendations?


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:32:16
Decided to make a trip to the Scottish Highlands, having been to Scotland quite a few times but never the Highlands. Haven't looked into much yet, does anyone have any recommendations?

Take waterproofs.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:35:23
Take waterproofs.

and insect repellent!


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:35:36
Take waterproofs.
And suncream! in equal measure! don't like the weather....wait a minute....


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Chunkyhair on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:56:06
We had a trip booked (and cancelled) to Scotland in October last year (yes, I know crap time but we just wanted to get away).

We were going to go to Fort William (Glencoe etc etc - stunning place), then drive over to Skye - an amazing drive up to Skye.

From there get a ferry to Lewis.  From Lewis (Stornaway), ferry over to Ullapool and then drive to Inverness.  From there we were gonna head home via Edinburgh as I have never been there.

We had a mix of Premier Inn type places and local hotels booked - all around £60 per night for the two of us.  Ferry was about £120 for all the crossings (that was car + passengers).

You might wanna break up the journey staying somehwere Oop North - I stayed in Preston on my way up (for old times sake, I went to College there and hadn't been back in 30 years), and Carlisle on way back (total shit hole but OK for visiting Hadrians Wall).  York might be an option.

I did half this trip, up to Fort William/Skye, on my own last January before we had heard of COVID cos I just needed to get away on my own for a bit - was fucking amazing, hence me and Mrs Chunkyhair planning to go in October.

Basically - once north of Loch Lomond/on West coast you aint gonna go wrong

*Edit - and other posts are correct.  If you are going between January and December take insect repellent, waterproofs and suncream  ;D


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Saxondale on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 16:12:29
Week in Cornwall end of may for my 50th Birthday.  Let's face it the huge joint rave I was going to have with my eldest for her 18th is probably not going to happen so a week eating pasties, ice cream and fudge will have to do.

 


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Arriba on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 16:18:04
3 UK holidays for us. I've no desire to go abroad this year at all. Planning to go to Ibiza May 2022 when this shit's calmed down hopefully.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: RobertT on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 17:11:07
We sunk a whole load of money into wedding & honeymoon in the US last year which all got rescheduled to this year so fingers crossed it all goes ahead or else I stand to lose a shit load of money. A lot of the stuff we booked are not so hot on the refunds despite the ongoing situation. Bit difficult with the other half being a teacher, means the only time we can do anything really substantial is August. She's all jabbed up and I'm hopeful I can get mine before the summer.

We fully intend to go if we can though, especially if we're both jabbed. Honestly couldn't give a monkeys how much of a knobend it makes me! Thankfully Florida is vaccinating all adults over 18 from next week so looks like it could be a goer.

Your issue is going to be the USA letting you in at the moment.

Florida itself is pretty open, very few restrictions remain in place by law, but most establishments of repute have kept good practices in place, especially those that rely on the tourist $.

Whereabouts in Florida?


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: RobertT on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 17:12:34
On Florida, I'm popping down in late August for a week - was originally planned for a family Holiday in May last year, then rescheduled for this May and now cancelled again.  Hopefully we can get my parents over for Christmas to Georgia though.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: swindonmaniac on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 17:33:46
UK For me this year, already booked family holiday near Scarborough for August and five days on the Isle of Wight for September. Both with covid money back guarantee s.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: bamboonoclue on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 17:49:32
UK For me this year, already booked family holiday near Scarborough for August and five days on the Isle of Wight for September. Both with covid money back guarantee s.

Feel free to share a pint with you if I'm about up that way. Or curve me if you like as well  :D  Still trying to figure out if it's you I bought the programme off  :pint:


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Hunk on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 18:25:01
Not a holiday as such, but Iím hopeful about being able to go back to the states in August for a few weeks to see my kids. Provided the UK and the US keep up their vaccination drives at roughly the current pace Iím confident Iíll be able to.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: donkey on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 20:17:07
Decided to make a trip to the Scottish Highlands, having been to Scotland quite a few times but never the Highlands. Haven't looked into much yet, does anyone have any recommendations?

For sure. I've done two driving holidays.  Inverness up the east coast, along the north coast and down the west coast.  Where are you thinking of? I'll help if I can.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Broadbents Tackle on Friday, March 26, 2021, 07:11:16
For sure. I've done two driving holidays.  Inverness up the east coast, along the north coast and down the west coast.  Where are you thinking of? I'll help if I can.

I was thinking of driving up the west coast and across to Inverness, then maybe coming back through the Cairngorms. I can only really take a week off in summer though, which I realise isn't a great deal of time. My main questions would be where I try and see in that time, and where it is worth stopping along the way for a night or two? Cheers.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: donkey on Friday, March 26, 2021, 07:58:45
I was thinking of driving up the west coast and across to Inverness, then maybe coming back through the Cairngorms. I can only really take a week off in summer though, which I realise isn't a great deal of time. My main questions would be where I try and see in that time, and where it is worth stopping along the way for a night or two? Cheers.

I'll have a think over the weekend.  If I forget, feel free to remind me!


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Shrivvy Road on Friday, March 26, 2021, 10:43:00
Your issue is going to be the USA letting you in at the moment.

Florida itself is pretty open, very few restrictions remain in place by law, but most establishments of repute have kept good practices in place, especially those that rely on the tourist $.

Whereabouts in Florida?
They are talking of starting travel corridors from UK to USA from july. Fingers crossed


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Tails on Friday, March 26, 2021, 11:33:40
Your issue is going to be the USA letting you in at the moment.

Florida itself is pretty open, very few restrictions remain in place by law, but most establishments of repute have kept good practices in place, especially those that rely on the tourist $.

Whereabouts in Florida?

Roaming around the whole state to be honest!


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Friday, March 26, 2021, 11:36:01
Roaming around the whole state to be honest!

We went to Florida a couple of years ago for a wedding and hired a mustang convertible for the week. (cliche I know) Regardless of the fact you can't really drive particularly fast in the states I'd recommend it, purely for how cheap car hire is over there compared to rip of Britain/Ireland where I reckon it was cheaper for us to hire the mustang than it was to hire a polo/fiesta in this country!


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Batch on Friday, March 26, 2021, 11:41:11
if I win the lottery and retire I'd love to drive across the USA off the beaten track a bit and see some smaller places on the way to bigger ones.

I'll give you a call when the numbers come in Dean :)


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: donkey on Saturday, March 27, 2021, 17:32:19
I was thinking of driving up the west coast and across to Inverness, then maybe coming back through the Cairngorms. I can only really take a week off in summer though, which I realise isn't a great deal of time. My main questions would be where I try and see in that time, and where it is worth stopping along the way for a night or two? Cheers.

Most of the two trips we did were right up north, but we did a few things on the west coast.

I would recommend a trip to Arran - they've got a distillery and a brewery, and Arran is like Scotland in miniture -rolling hills in the south, craggy peaks in the north.  Further north is Oban - obvious whisky town.  If you have time the Fort William to Mallaig train is great (it goes over the bridge in Harry Potter I understand).  Just outside Inverness is the Culloden Battlefield site, which is pretty cool.

Can't help much with the Cairngorns as I've not been, but hopefully that's of some use.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: RobertT on Saturday, March 27, 2021, 18:55:30
Roaming around the whole state to be honest!

I'd probably give the North aspect of the Panhandle a miss, but a trip along the Gulf Cost line from their down to Miami would be good - some lovely beaches and small Cities on the Gulf side.  Miami is good fun, especially Miami Beach.  I've not been to the Keys, but my wife and daughter did a road trip including them and said they were lovely as well.  You could probably research breweries and do a road trip just for them!


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Tails on Saturday, March 27, 2021, 20:37:17
I'd probably give the North aspect of the Panhandle a miss, but a trip along the Gulf Cost line from their down to Miami would be good - some lovely beaches and small Cities on the Gulf side.  Miami is good fun, especially Miami Beach.  I've not been to the Keys, but my wife and daughter did a road trip including them and said they were lovely as well.  You could probably research breweries and do a road trip just for them!

I've got family in Fort Myers (hour north of Naples) and by a fun coincidence my future in laws own a house there also so we go there quite often! So we'll most likely head to Orlando then go down that way via Tampa. Gonna spend a few days in the Keys too as I've never been before.

Well this is all dependent on being let in of course...


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: The Grim Reaper on Saturday, March 27, 2021, 22:02:08
Usually go to Tenerife every September. Went last year, quite confident Iíll go this year too.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Broadbents Tackle on Sunday, March 28, 2021, 13:35:02
Most of the two trips we did were right up north, but we did a few things on the west coast.

I would recommend a trip to Arran - they've got a distillery and a brewery, and Arran is like Scotland in miniture -rolling hills in the south, craggy peaks in the north.  Further north is Oban - obvious whisky town.  If you have time the Fort William to Mallaig train is great (it goes over the bridge in Harry Potter I understand).  Just outside Inverness is the Culloden Battlefield site, which is pretty cool.

Can't help much with the Cairngorns as I've not been, but hopefully that's of some use.

Top man(mule), thanks. Arran sounds good and will definitely look to see if we can fit the train journey in.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: donkey on Sunday, March 28, 2021, 16:58:42
Top man(mule), thanks. Arran sounds good and will definitely look to see if we can fit the train journey in.

 :)


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Chunkyhair on Sunday, March 28, 2021, 17:52:14
I was thinking of driving up the west coast and across to Inverness, then maybe coming back through the Cairngorms. I can only really take a week off in summer though, which I realise isn't a great deal of time. My main questions would be where I try and see in that time, and where it is worth stopping along the way for a night or two? Cheers.

The break we planned last October was just under a week and that included stopping over in Glasgow for night to break the journey and pick up my son who was flying up to Glasgow to join us and 2 nights in Edinburgh that we could easily have trimmed to one.

Calmac ferries are very customer centric but I would recommend booking specific ferries as lot of the shorter routes do have a lot of "rock ups".

My suggestion given the timings you are talking about could be head to Oban (as already mentioned above - beautiful town and great for food and drink  :)). Then go over to Mull for a couple of days on the Craignure ferry.  Tobermory is delightful and it is a great drive around the island, including popping over to Iona which is well worth a visit.  The Abbey is quite a treat and also ex-Labour Party Leader John Smith is buried there if that is your thing (it is mine).  You are guaranteed so see seals and the like and if lucky Golden Eagles. Also Calgary beach is probably the best beach in Britain!

From there you can head back to Mainland and up to Fort William (via the Fishnish/Lochaline ferry) for Glencoe, Loch Ness, Ben Nevis, Spean Bridge and more.

After that depends upon how much time you have left/how you want to use it.  It's an easy drive to Inverness from Fort William along the banks of Loch Ness for instance, or as I said previously the drive to Skye from Fort William is amazing and the bridge means no ferries to worry about.

Honestly, you cant go wrong up there - plan your route, book accommodation/ferrries as needed and you are laughing.

I did this route (without Inverness) last January in 5 days and it was amazing, even in depths of Winter.

HTH as young people say. Happy to add anything if you need more advice/help  :)

EDIT*** Channeling my Inner Bamboo with the length this post (no offence intended Bamboo  :) - last time I wrote this much was for my thesis!!!!!!)


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: bamboonoclue on Sunday, March 28, 2021, 18:13:41
No offence taken, some great advice for BBT and I only wish a few more would write some detailed posts. Then they'd be channeling their own "inner whatever" rather than mine  :)

Good read - I'll add Foyers Falls near Dores (top end of Loch Ness) is a treat, especially if there has been snow.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Broadbents Tackle on Monday, March 29, 2021, 07:24:56
Thanks, Chunky. I'll be spending Easter weekend researching and you chaps have given me plenty of ideas. The vastness of it all seemed a bit daunting at first glance.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Legends-Lounge on Monday, March 29, 2021, 07:45:20
Iíve given up the notion of having a foreign holiday this side of the summer holidays and will consider non European destinations from September onwards. Now the offspring are of an age we can avoid the wallet crushing excesses of Skool holiday price hikes.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Shrivvy Road on Monday, March 29, 2021, 08:47:50
Iíve given up the notion of having a foreign holiday this side of the summer holidays and will consider non European destinations from September onwards. Now the offspring are of an age we can avoid the wallet crushing excesses of Skool holiday price hikes.
Wise choice. It seems a lot more people are taking this route


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Costanza on Monday, March 29, 2021, 17:04:17
Just the usual long weekend down in Devon in September for the Costanza's. Hopefully we can arrange another break during the summer too.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 09:45:14
Are STFC doing a pre season tour this summer? Could help sway my decision :)


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Panda Paws on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 10:23:48
Are STFC existing this summer? Could help sway my decision :)

Fixed for you.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Berniman on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 10:59:37
You will be lucky if there is a tour of Chippenham, Melsksham and South Cerney at the rate we are going..


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: scillyred on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 14:38:23
Operation rip-off this year.
I have been charged £137 for a single night in a double room in a Travelodge near Penzance in early July.
A friend was quote £280 for a disabled persons room in a Premier Inn in the same place in June, because it was G7 week.
Suffice to say we won't be using them next year when everyone has returned to the Costas  8)


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: bamboonoclue on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 16:31:27
Operation rip-off this year.
I have been charged £137 for a single night in a double room in a Travelodge near Penzance in early July.
A friend was quote £280 for a disabled persons room in a Premier Inn in the same place in June, because it was G7 week.
Suffice to say we won't be using them next year when everyone has returned to the Costas  8)

Let's not start with Tresco's already over inflated prices pre pandemic. I daren't look at at the prices for this Summer and in others parts of the Islands too.

Some people say "it will return to normal after a while" but the truth is it probably won't for a very long time. Once businesses know they can still capitalise and corner a market, they will continue to do so. I'm not blaming them per se, as across the board businesses have lost a year and a bit of trade - it's more the fact the price will likely stick and in somewhere like Scilly, once a price is set, most follow suit there.

My only realistic option for the foreseeable would be to camp on Aggy and even then it's not cheap. Very much catering to the more wealthy. Whilst the local workers, Islander's and Scillonians still have their struggles that I'm very aware of - not least freight costs. Government allowing freight subsidy would be a start seeing as they can make beneficial deals for their mates, why not for the Islands?!

We won't talk about the Duchy either...


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Monday, May 10, 2021, 10:40:10
Now we have an idea of the green list, I just remembered I had booked a long weekend in Porto last year for the wife's birthday and have a BA voucher that I can utilise. Not sure how relevant it is but we have both had 1 of the AZ vaccines. Does anyone know what the current rules are for travelling, do you have to have a negative test etc? I could probably use google to find this out but there is usually a couple of helpful TEF people that know this stuff off the top of their heads :)


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: 4D on Monday, May 10, 2021, 10:51:16
Will be in the UK somewhere this year. Anyone know a good holiday where we can take the new pooch?  :)


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Monday, May 10, 2021, 10:52:04
Will be in the UK somewhere this year. Anyone know a good holiday where we can take the new pooch?  :)

Wootton Basset? The Isle of Dogs?


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: 4D on Monday, May 10, 2021, 10:53:01
 :D

Somewhere in Berkshire probably


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Monday, May 10, 2021, 10:55:14
:D

Somewhere in Berkshire probably

Wahay!! Haha.

I know Bamboo is probably much more likely to be able to provide information but i've been looking at the Peak District recently for a bit of a break as I have never been but it looks really lovely around there, lots of good walks, countryside pubs etc.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, May 10, 2021, 11:01:45
Wahay!! Haha.

I know Bamboo is probably much more likely to be able to provide information but i've been looking at the Peak District recently for a bit of a break as I have never been but it looks really lovely around there, lots of good walks, countryside pubs etc.

It'll also be crammed full of people, its bloody standing room only round here already!  ;) :D


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Monday, May 10, 2021, 11:03:59
It'll also be crammed full of people, its bloody standing room only round here already!  ;) :D

Shit my apologies Horlock, I forgot you were the token norverner in this place!!

Now I've moved to Northants, it's somewhere that is dead easy for us to get to but I'm guessing a lot of people have probably booked up this year and so I might wait a bit until things are a bit more 'normal' before popping up to say hello!


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, May 10, 2021, 11:10:46
Shit my apologies Horlock, I forgot you were the token norverner in this place!!

Now I've moved to Northants, it's somewhere that is dead easy for us to get to but I'm guessing a lot of people have probably booked up this year and so I might wait a bit until things are a bit more 'normal' before popping up to say hello!

I'm Lakes rather than Peak (which is lovely), but its got absolutely heaving round here in the last week or so! Although as we are off to Northumberland in the summer I cannot really complain!


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Monday, May 10, 2021, 16:35:56
Just cancelled my Cyprus holiday in June - Third time its been cancelled! Cancer, broken neck and now Covid!


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: donkey on Monday, May 10, 2021, 17:50:35
Will be in the UK somewhere this year. Anyone know a good holiday where we can take the new pooch?  :)

We've found a few places.  Depending on where you are, the North Norfolk coast is brilliant for dogs.  Let me know if you want any info in that area.  North Devon was cool over the winter and will be going again in the summer. We've done Wirkswirth in Derbyshire (the Feather Star is a great little pub), Warwickshire, a gate house near Cheltenham (at the castle where Catherine Parr is buried), a lovely place out Owsestry way.



Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Chunkyhair on Monday, May 10, 2021, 19:01:48
Will be in the UK somewhere this year. Anyone know a good holiday where we can take the new pooch?  :)

We stayed a few times now, including last week, at a pretty amazing cottage in Langport in Somerset - big garden for the dog and countryside walks at bottom of said garden along the River Parret.  They have a couple of cottages better for couples/smaller families and a fuck off house that sleeps 6 (or eight in sofa bed).  Great old quirky pub pub opposite, again with huge garden.  Happy to give you details (am not on commission  :D)


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Shrivvy Road on Monday, May 10, 2021, 19:33:12
Just cancelled my Cyprus holiday in June - Third time its been cancelled! Cancer, broken neck and now Covid!
Oh wow... Hope all is ok


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: chalkies shorts on Monday, May 10, 2021, 19:49:40
Going late this year, late Oct but 2 days in Kendal , a nice drive to Alnwick for another 2 days then off to Berwick for a week and 2 days near Thirsk on the way home. Northumberland is an area I've always wanted to visit. Might pop into Scotland to see the third world.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Legends-Lounge on Monday, May 10, 2021, 19:59:27
Just cancelled my Cyprus holiday in June - Third time its been cancelled! Cancer, broken neck and now Covid!

Bloody hell mate. Youíve been in a war zone. Hope it all comes together pretty sharpish.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: pauld on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 14:46:32
Just cancelled my Cyprus holiday in June - Third time its been cancelled! Cancer, broken neck and now Covid!
Christ that's really shit. If anyone ever needed or deserved a holiday, it's you by the sounds of it


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Chubbs on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 14:57:53
Have a random week off next week with nothing to do. Might take a trip somewhere just to reset and clear my head for a couple days.

Any suggestions welcome. Thanks


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Panda Paws on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 20:43:41
Have a random week off next week with nothing to do. Might take a trip somewhere just to reset and clear my head for a couple days.

Any suggestions welcome. Thanks

Southwold. Great spot, Great beer, Great seafood.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Nomoreheroes on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 22:05:13
Christ that's really shit. If anyone ever needed or deserved a holiday, it's you by the sounds of it
Sorry, I think I worded that badly.

Wife had to undergo chemotherapy, which was successful. We deferred the holiday but had to postpone again because I fell off my bike and broke my neck. Once we were both well enough to travel, our plans have been thwarted again by the current travel rules. So, its now slipped again to 2022.

We are the luckiest people alive as we are both still here!  ;)


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 11:06:19
Southwold. Great spot, Great beer, Great seafood.

And only 200 miles from where he lives


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: pauld on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 11:20:42
Sorry, I think I worded that badly.

Wife had to undergo chemotherapy, which was successful. We deferred the holiday but had to postpone again because I fell off my bike and broke my neck. Once we were both well enough to travel, our plans have been thwarted again by the current travel rules. So, its now slipped again to 2022.

We are the luckiest people alive as we are both still here!  ;)
That's a great way of looking at it but I don't think you worded it badly at all, if anything you underplayed it. Still think you both definitely deserve a holiday!


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Panda Paws on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 12:17:48
And only 200 miles from where he lives

Isn't that the point of a holiday? To go away? Not going to do 3 nights in Marlborough.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Berniman on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 12:28:16
Isn't that the point of a holiday? To go away? Not going to do 3 nights in Marlborough.

I think he was agreeing with you and saying that he only has to go 200 miles to sample it.

Are you ok Panda?  I know things are shit and everyone is a bit techy but you seem uncharacteristically aggy recently..  I guess we are all suffering on here in different ways..


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 12:43:04
To be fair, the poster asked for recommendations for a trip somewhere for a few days. There wasn't any stipulations given re travelling etc so to suggest somewhere in Suffolk doesn't seem unreasonable.

I actually thought Jayo's comment was both sarcastic with elements of tongue in cheek, typical of the man.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Chubbs on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 12:54:42
You are right, i did not stipulate any distance and Panda is not to know or assume i live in Swindon.

Having looked at where it is, it probably is a bit too far for me, but appreciate the suggestion.

Will probably head south or west if anything


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Panda Paws on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 13:28:52
I think he was agreeing with you and saying that he only has to go 200 miles to sample it.

Are you ok Panda?  I know things are shit and everyone is a bit techy but you seem uncharacteristically aggy recently..  I guess we are all suffering on here in different ways..

I'm fine, just increasingly irritable but nothing new there. If I've been whooshed and it was a comment in agreement, so be it. Didn't read that way to me.

Certainly not the end of the world, unlike Suffolk.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 13:29:31
You read it just fine :D


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Berniman on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 14:13:19
I'm fine, just increasingly irritable but nothing new there. If I've been whooshed and it was a comment in agreement, so be it. Didn't read that way to me.

Certainly not the end of the world, unlike Suffolk.

You need to get laid..  I am sure somebody on here can help out with that :D


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Sunday, May 16, 2021, 13:28:59
Booked a few days in Porto end of June start of July. Really hoping this Indian strain isn't going to put a dampener on things again.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 10:27:09
Just looking at this again. Seen a 4 night break in the summer in Devon, staying in a static caravan.  £2,009.  :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:

£500 a night self catering?
I'd rather buy a cheap transit and stick a mattress in the back.  :doh:


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 10:31:26
Booked a few days in Porto end of June start of July. Really hoping this Indian strain isn't going to put a dampener on things again.

Is anyone in the know about travelling abroad and the Covid tests required on here at all? Is the free PCR test ok or is it the lateral flow one that is needed?


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Panda Paws on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 10:33:48
Just looking at this again. Seen a 4 night break in the summer in Devon, staying in a static caravan.  £2,009.  :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:

£500 a night self catering?
I'd rather buy a cheap transit and stick a mattress in the back.  :doh:

Presumably, there's someone out there willing to pay it and fair play to the company if they find that someone.



Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Broadbents Tackle on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 10:42:19
Is anyone in the know about travelling abroad and the Covid tests required on here at all? Is the free PCR test ok or is it the lateral flow one that is needed?

The lateral flow tests are the free ones, it's a pcr test that you'll need for foreign travel.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 10:44:49
The lateral flow tests are the free ones, it's a pcr test that you'll need for foreign travel.

Ah ok thanks BT.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Shrivvy Road on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 15:06:07
Is anyone in the know about travelling abroad and the Covid tests required on here at all? Is the free PCR test ok or is it the lateral flow one that is needed?
Stay away from a company called prenetics. If you need any guidance with what tests you need let me know i can pop you over a flow chart


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 15:29:23
come on canaries, get on the green list you sods

(left overs from last year, booked pre-covid)


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Shrivvy Road on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 15:43:24
come on canaries, get on the green list you sods

(left overs from last year, booked pre-covid)
Hopefully on the 7th Batch


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 15:45:19
Stay away from a company called prenetics. If you need any guidance with what tests you need let me know i can pop you over a flow chart

Thanks SR, that's very kind of you. That might be really useful actually as there appears to be a load of them out there. We are going with BA and they have a discount with Randox, but obviously not got a notion how useful they are! I'll give you a DM shortly sir.


Title: Holidays 2021
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 16:01:27
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Hopefully on the 7th Batch
fingers crossed

any advice on insurers. Do any cover going back onto amber/being barred from every by host country?


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Shrivvy Road on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 16:04:32
fingers crossed

any advice on insurers. Do any cover going back onto amber/being barred from every by host country?
There are a couple who do cover this and they offer annual policies as well which is great in the circumstances. Battleface & Rock insurance are 2 providers i would speak to

Not a problem at all Bob


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 16:41:47
come on canaries, get on the green list you sods

(left overs from last year, booked pre-covid)

Maybe you'll get a tweet.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Batch on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 17:14:18
thanks Shrivvy.

next time i book a holiday I'll be in touch


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 09:37:39
Rumour that Portugal is going onto the amber list. Hopefully BA let me cancel/rebook to later in the year.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Panda Paws on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 09:54:28
Rumour that Portugal is going onto the amber list. Hopefully BA let me cancel/rebook to later in the year.


Most companies are still flying to amber destinations so would be surprised if they do, unless they cancel the flight. Fingers crossed for you that it doesn't come to that.

Would you not just go anyway and do the 5 days when you get home?


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 10:02:11
Most companies are still flying to amber destinations so would be surprised if they do, unless they cancel the flight. Fingers crossed for you that it doesn't come to that.

Would you not just go anyway and do the 5 days when you get home?

I'm not really sure what the options are to be honest. I do know that the govt advice is that people should be 'responsible' when travelling to Amber countries and we will adhere to that of course. Doing 5 days at home is not a problem either to be honest.

I'll wait and see if it happens and give BA a buzz to see what our options are. It is a bit frustrating but completely understand with the numbers that the list can change at any time. The wife will get her Birthday trip at some stage!! (This was last year's present!)


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Shrivvy Road on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 10:09:02
I'm not really sure what the options are to be honest. I do know that the govt advice is that people should be 'responsible' when travelling to Amber countries and we will adhere to that of course. Doing 5 days at home is not a problem either to be honest.

I'll wait and see if it happens and give BA a buzz to see what our options are. It is a bit frustrating but completely understand with the numbers that the list can change at any time. The wife will get her Birthday trip at some stage!! (This was last year's present!)
BA are quite good and if you have insurance also speak to them to see if they cover for this eventuality


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 10:12:26
BA are quite good and if you have insurance also speak to them to see if they cover for this eventuality

Cheers Shrivvy.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Panda Paws on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 10:21:48
I'm not really sure what the options are to be honest. I do know that the govt advice is that people should be 'responsible' when travelling to Amber countries and we will adhere to that of course. Doing 5 days at home is not a problem either to be honest.

I'll wait and see if it happens and give BA a buzz to see what our options are. It is a bit frustrating but completely understand with the numbers that the list can change at any time. The wife will get her Birthday trip at some stage!! (This was last year's present!)

The government advice doesn't know its arse from its elbow.

If you can get your a cash back or delay then great, but if not there's literally no reason to not go, so long as the 5 days at home after isn't a problem.

EDIT: I am in no way an expert and do not know what I'm talking about. Shrivvy defo does.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 10:23:03
The government advice doesn't know its arse from its elbow.

If you can get your a cash back or delay then great, but if not there's literally no reason to not go, so long as the 5 days at home after isn't a problem.

Yeah I'm inclined to agree with you to be honest PP.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Batch on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 12:55:23
looks like no be countries being added to green list today :(


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 13:56:58
looks like no be countries being added to green list today :(

And Portugal removed! tits.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 14:19:16
PP - you mentioned 5 days but isn't it 10 days? Thinking about it, that might cause an issue as we have plans the weekend after we get back.



Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Batch on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 14:23:03
PP - you mentioned 5 days but isn't it 10 days? Thinking about it, that might cause an issue as we have plans the weekend after we get back.


You can expedite it by taking an additional day 5 test and getting a negative result. That still means 3 tests in total though on days 2, 5, and 8....



Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 14:26:20
I really donít understand the criteria they are using. Weíve always had a very low Covid rate on the island. Anyone coming in has to have been fully vaccinated.

So whatís the point in being vaccinated - apart from the obvious - if youíre still subject to restrictions.

Yet flights from red countries still fly into UK every day. These are the ones that should be banned entirely.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Batch on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 14:31:36
I really donít understand the criteria they are using.

"The infection rate, the vaccination rate, the prevalence of variants of concern, and access to sufficient medical facilities, including the ability to do genomic sequencing"

They presumably make up the threshold values based on whether Stanley Johnson can get to his holiday home or not.

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So whatís the point in being vaccinated - apart from the obvious - if youíre still subject to restrictions.

Quite. At some point you have to draw the line and say we've done what we can. But I guess we aren't quite there either home or moreso abroad on vaccination %

I think we would be OK if the variants were proven to be no worse in terms of serious illness. I think its a bit early..

That said, more likely to get it here than some foreign destinations.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 14:36:22
You can expedite it by taking an additional day 5 test and getting a negative result. That still means 3 tests in total though on days 2, 5, and 8....



Cheers. We're only going for 3 days! Such a hassle, I might just put it back when all this is back to some kind of 'normality'


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: The Artist Formerly Known as Audrey on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 14:43:40
Thereís a point where those that donít want to get vaccinated are left to get on with any consequences and let the rest get on with their lives.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Jimmy Quinn on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 14:45:57
I work with men in their 40's who say they will never have it


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Legends-Lounge on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 14:49:03
I work with men in their 40's who say they will never have it

Bravado and bullshit. I know people who say the same. Be the first to bleat when they catch it and end up in hospital or their family when they end up in a morgue.


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: THE FLASH on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 15:05:23
Bravado and bullshit. I know people who say the same. Be the first to bleat when they catch it and end up in hospital or their family when they end up in a morgue.

Always ask:

'So if you get Covid and need hospital treatment, you will pay to go private then?'


Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Panda Paws on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 15:27:03
Thereís a point where those that donít want to get vaccinated are left to get on with any consequences and let the rest get on with their lives.

And that point is imminent - as soon as it's available to all adults.

How you can restrict people's lives when there is a solid preventative measure is beyond me.



Title: Re: Holidays 2021
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 17:23:24
BA are quite good and if you have insurance also speak to them to see if they cover for this eventuality

BA have been very good (they do tend to respond to tweets very quickly) and have offered a voucher or a reschedule of our break so I'll try and work out when that's likely to happen.