More people are becoming confident enough to book holidays with April and May 2021 now the most popular months to book a trip abroad on a package holiday, research shows.
With coronavirus concerns plaguing the industry, many have held off booking holidays, unsure of when they would be safe to travel – and whether they could get any protection if they did decide to book.
However, it seems that many have now made that decision with TravelSupermarket data showing April and May had seen the most bookings on their website in the last month, showing a confidence that holidays this next year will definitely go ahead.
There are a number of great deals now on offer as holiday firms try and encourage Britons to book, but is it safe to travel and can you even get travel insurance?
April and May 2021 are the most popular months to travel on an overseas package holiday
What protection is available to travellers?
Whilst many insurers stopped selling new travel policies after the coronavirus outbreak, there are still some that are offering customers the chance to book now.
Holidaygoers can use comparison sites to find out what is available and what would be suitable for them.
However, holidaymakers should be careful to read the wording before paying as many will not cover travellers for anything related to the pandemic.
Policies are also likely to be more expensive than they were previously, due to higher demand.
Ensuring that whatever holiday you book is ATOL protected is essential as this means that if the company fails and your holiday can no longer go ahead, you will be entitled to a refund if you are yet to travel as well as having your hotel costs and flights home covered if you are abroad.
Paying by credit card is also another way to protect yourself from being left out of pocket as, if you are paying for a single item, for example, a flight or holiday, that costs more than £100 then Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act protects you if the supplier fails to provide the service promised.
In this circumstance you can reclaim all of your money from your credit card provider.
Why are April and May popular?
Four steps before booking
Before booking a trip, it is worth bearing these factors in mind first:
1. Is the trip protected?
2. Can you get insurance?
3. Could it be worth paying by credit card?
4. Can you cancel for free?
Read more about this in depth here.
As it stands, people need to be confident that they can holiday and come back and quarantine – this will only be consideration for people who can work from home or are not working – therefore, more and more people are booking for Easter time next year.
Emma Coulthurst, from TravelSupermarket, said: ‘Quarantines and the current Foreign and Commonwealth Office restriction on anything but essential travel mean that people are holding back on booking for this year compared with next year.
‘We know that there is a pent-up desire to travel.
‘As the picture becomes clearer on the exact health protocols put in place at airports and on airlines and whether our Government and countries will let us travel, more people are likely to book for this year.
‘Currently, though, we’re seeing more Britons hedging their bets on holidays next year’.
Self-catering vs all-inclusive
TravelSupermarket suggested that self-catering options are now more popular than Britons’ previous favourite of all-inclusive, thanks to the pandemic.
The move from all-inclusive to self-catering could be down to travellers being more wary over hygiene – who is handling the food, being in close proximity to other guests and fears that some hotels may even scale back their offerings.
By purchasing and cooking their own meals, holidaymakers can have more control over the precautions taken.
Where are people booking?
TravelSupermarket examined all price searches and clicks on its site to determine the best value locations for Easter and May next year.
It revealed that Spain is offering the best deals with Majorca, Costa del Sol, Ibiza and Menorca – along with Malta – making up the five best value package holiday destinations across April and May.
For those who are looking for an all-inclusive holiday rather than self-catering, destinations in Turkey such as Marmaris and Antalya offer some of the best value.
Emma added: ‘There are some really good prices out in the market, if you’re prepared to take the leap and book.
‘It is nearly always a lot cheaper to go away at Easter than it is at May half term as the weather may not be as reliable but the money which you save can make it attractive.’
This is Money, with the help of TravelSupermarket, can reveal the top ten best value destinations for April and May 2021.
Each price is based on two adults and two school-age children heading away for seven nights.
Malta is one of the best value package holiday destinations for travellers next April and May
Where: Niu d’Aus Apartments, Cala Egos (3 star) self-catering
When: Depart Birmingham on April 4
What to do: Majorca, the largest island in the Balearic Islands, is known for its beach resorts, sheltered coves and stunning scenery.
There are a number of places you can visit including Magaluf, which favours the party crowd, or Cala d’Or and Cala Millor which are better for those seeking a bit of quiet. Port de Pollença and Alcudia are also great for families.
The Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain range which runs down the west of Majorca, has been made a World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular places to explore by foot or bike.
Where: AX Sunny Coast Resort & Spa, Qawra (4 star) self-catering
When: Depart on April 6 from Luton
What to do: Malta was named the European Capital of Culture in 2018 and has long been a popular destination for families to visit.
Families can go snorkelling or scuba diving around the island or alternatively visit some of the historical areas of interest, including Grandmaster’s Palace and Ħaġar Qim, one of the most ancient religious sites on earth.
Costa del Sol is home to popular holiday destinations including Marbella, Granada and Seville
3. Costa del Sol
Where: Doramar, Benalmadena, (3 star) self-catering
When: Depart Manchester on April 7 or 8
What to do: Costa del Sol is a region in the south of Spain that is home to popular holiday destinations including Marbella, Granada and Seville.
There are a number of water parks in the area, whilst families also have the opportunity to go sea kayaking, visit local wildlife parks or go dolphin spotting along the coast.
Where: Poniente Playa Apartments, San Antonio (3 star) self-catering
When: Depart Stansted on April 1
What to do: Known as one of the most popular party islands in the world, Ibiza also has many quiet villages, yoga retreats and beaches to explore.
Families can also hike to the tallest point in Ibiza, called Sa Talaia, located in Sant Josep which is an easy 2.4km walk or rent a kayak and explore the island from the sea.
Known as one of the most popular party islands in the world, Ibiza also has many quiet villages
Where: Floramar Aparthotel, Cala Galdana (4 star) self-catering or half board
When: Depart Gatwick on April 5
Price: £270pp for self-catering or £354pp for half board
What to do: Menorca is known for its many beaches, which are somewhat quiet than the neighbouring Majorca and Ibiza.
There is the bustling harbour of Port of Maó-Mahón and Parc Natural de s’Albufera des Grau, a nature preserve with beaches and wildlife.
Where: Costa Volcan Apartments, Puerto del Carmen (3 star) self-catering
When: Depart Luton on April 6
What to do: Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands off West Africa known for its warm weather, multiples beaches and volcanic landscape.
One of the main places to visit is the Timanfaya National Park which is made up entirely of volcanic soil.
Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands off West Africa known for its warm weather and beaches
Where: Planos Aparthotel, Tsilivi, (3 star) self-catering
When: Depart Luton on May 4
What to do: Zante is a popular Greek island that is home to popular beaches like Agios Nikolaos, Alykanas and Tsilivi, which all offer swimming and water sports.
Known for its crystal blue water and numerous caves, there is plenty for holidaymakers to enjoy when staying here.
Where: Colina de Lapa Resort, Ferragudo (3 star) self-catering
When: Depart East Midlands on April 7
What to do: Holiday goers flock to the Portugese coast for sun, sea and sand with a number of cave formations to explore, boat tours along the coast for visitors as well as many pretty beaches.
Coastal: Holiday goers flock to the Algarve for sun, sea and sand including the boat tours
9. Costa Blanca
Where: Pueblo Acantilado Suites, Villajoyosa, (4 star) self-catering
When: Depart Stansted on April 6
What to do: Tourists travel to the White Coast to soak in its beautiful beaches and a great nightlife with Benidorm and Alicante making up the two most popular destinations on the Coast.
10. Gran Canaria
Where: BlueBay Beach Club, Bahia Feliz, (4 star) self-catering
When: Depart Luton on April 8
What to do: Gran Canaria is the second most populated Canary Island and beaches include Playa del Inglés and Puerto Rico as well as Puerto de Mogán and San Agustín.
Capital city, Las Palmas, is also a stop for cruise ships and known for its duty-free shopping.
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