Holidays, mini breaks and weekend trips seem like a distant memory since COVID-19 has forced most UK citizens to remain indoors until further notice. The latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidelines stipulate that British people should not be travelling abroad unless it’s essential.
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The latest rules state: “This applies for an indefinite period due to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions.
“All countries may restrict travel without notice.”
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But while lockdown has left many wondering when their next holiday is, there is no harm in planning that next post-lockdown adventure.
Family travel expert Erin Gifford spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about how to book an affordable holiday post-lockdown.
Ms Gifford is a Washington DC-based lifestyle and travel writer who has previously appeared on Lonely Planet as well as founding her own site, Kidventurous.com.
In her expert opinion, most people after lockdown won’t be looking for a huge holiday abroad, but something closer to home.
She said: “I think more people will be foregoing large, urban destinations in favour of national parks and small to mid-size destinations, so I think there’s natural cost-saving there.
“Big cities are always more expensive.”
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But sometimes the most expensive aspect of a holiday, is not the accommodation or food costs but the flights themselves.
However, Ms Gifford had a helpful tip for those looking for cheap flights as she urged people to use travel tools online.
She said: “Continue to use helpful travel tools, like Skyscanner, which can offer quick insights into the cheapest places to fly by week or month.”
She added: “Flights can be the most expensive part of a vacation, so this can help guide you to a destination.”
Travel expert and owner of family travel site, Kids Are A Trip, Kirsten Maxwell explained her own cheap holiday top tip but for travelling with children after lockdown.
Ms Maxwell has also been featured in Lonely Planet and various other publications.
The family travel expert also recommended Skyscanner for affordable flights, but had another tip up her sleeve.
“I think it will be a good idea to keep an eye on travel sites like Skyscanner and Scotts Flights which offer a variety of travel discounts.”
But her tips for booking a vacation post-lockdown for the whole family do not just involve the cost.
She added: “If you reserve a vacation home versus a hotel, I would probably recommend bringing your own wipes and cleaning supplies and doing a thorough cleanse before your stay.”
However, she also thinks that parents will now take “safety into account and make choices they feel are right for their family”, rather than thinking about price.
She continued: “I think this is an eye opener for many people who will think twice before travel that involves ‘going off the grid’.
“Can you imagine being in a remote area and not realising anything was going on, and returning to mass closures?”
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