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The only condition is don’t forget your NHS vaccine passport (…lateral flow tests or passenger locator forms!)

WITH holidaymakers being urged to use their travel vouchers before they expire and an industry survey that shows people are starting to make big international travel plans, 2022 looks set to take off.

Millions who had their trips ruined when the pandemic hit in early 2020 were issued with refund credit notes to use when things got better. According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) there are more than £130 million flight vouchers to be cashed in by 30 September 2022.

This week, Michael Budge, head of Atol at the CAA, urged travellers to get booking.

He said: “With over £130 million of Atol refund credit notes yet to be redeemed, and international travel opening up again, we want to remind consumers to redeem any unused credits to make sure they do not lose out.”

The message to stop dreaming and start planning has been matched by optimism from the tourism industry with 26 per cent believing booking levels will return to those of 2019.

A poll by the World Travel Market (WTM) revealed that 69 per cent of people plan to take a holiday in 2022 with 48 per cent splashing out on two trips – and 42 per cent say they will spend more to go away.

Where are we going in 2022

Spain remains the UK’s number one destination with its islands Mallorca and Lanzarote also popular, followed by America, which opened up to Britons on 8th November.


Types of holidays

We are still longing for the sun, sea and sand – but wanting the security of booking a package holiday and using a travel agent.

Beach (41 per cent)
Package (31 per cent)
City (31 per cent)

The new holiday hotspots

Move over China, India, Iceland and Cuba, they were the emerging destinations for 2016. The WTM 2021 survey highlights our wish list has changed.

Saudi Arabia (51 per cent)
Italy (48 per cent)
Greece (38 per cent)
South Africa (29 per cent)
China (27 per cent)
Brazil (20 per cent)
Argentina (14 per cent)

*Figures from WTM consumer survey 

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