Angry holidaymakers will not let confusing Covid travel regulations halt travel plans in 2022, according to a travel firm’s study.
Latest data from travel specialist Holiday Extras shows that 85 per cent of people who haven’t flown since 2019 intend to take an international trip next year.
Research found that the biggest obstacle to travel won’t be the pandemic itself but the unpredictable and inconvenient changes to travel rules – meaning that government responses to the virus will influence whether people go on holiday in 2022.
The public preference for simple travel rules is reflected in Holiday Extras’ analysis into the top destinations for 2022. Travellers are looking to spend more and have bigger adventures in 2022, partly due to saving money in lockdown and also to make up for lost time.
Mexico is proving popular among families (bookings up 56 per cent since 2019) – by staying open without restrictions throughout most of the pandemic, it has seen floods of new visitors. Egypt has multiple centennial celebrations in 2022, and with bookings up 2,000 per cent since 2019, visitors can enjoy reliable sun and some of the world’s top cultural and historical attractions.
The research also shows that UK travellers will be heading to the periphery of the Schengen Zone to escape the extra queues, time limits, and paperwork created by Brexit.
Just three hours from London, with no significant Covid restrictions and outside the UK, Albania is up 62 per cent on bookings. Kerry in Ireland is another (up 22 per cent) benefiting from the Common Travel Area rules that predate Brexit to give Britons free passage in and out of Ireland. Other popular destinations are expected to be Croatia and Iceland.
However, the biggest winner of all in 2022 is expected to be Turkey. Just outside of the EU with very similar resorts to Greece, the Turkish riviera, especially Antalya is up 93 per cent on bookings since 2019.
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Turkey is likely to be even more popular in 2022 as the Turkish Lira has fallen almost 80 per cent against the Pound since 2019, making holidays around half the price than they were three years ago.
Seamus McCauley, of Holiday Extras, said: “As we head into the new year, our research shows just how high the appetite to travel is – and how many of us plan on getting away somewhere within the next 12 months.
“After a year of even more confusing and hassle rules and restrictions, it’s no wonder travellers are yearning for simple rules, which is reflected in our analysis on where’s likely to be top of the bucket list in 2022.”
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