What its like to travel now

What it’s like to travel now

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A message on travel from our Founder, Andy

“I’ve travelled throughout my life – my parents were expats and I’ve spent my entire career in the travel industry. I haven’t kept detailed records, but pre-pandemic I doubt I went more than 200 days without getting on a plane. Cut to when I found myself at Heathrow a couple of weeks ago, I counted back and it was 780 days since I had last flown or travelled internationally.

I’ll admit to being a bit nervous. Not about the travel part itself, but about how things might have changed. First of all, I find wearing a mask quite unpleasant. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an anti-masker! I know they play an important role in combating the spread of Covid, and I’ve always followed the guidance on wearing one. However, I do find them uncomfortable, and my glasses always steam up, so I wasn’t looking forward to wearing one on the flight and in the resort on arrival. A lot of flights and destinations no longer require them though, so it’s worth checking before you leave if you’ll need one or not.

I was also convinced that, despite checking and re-checking, we would somehow have missed some key element of the Covid travel requirements and end up getting denied boarding! All of this was a new experience, because I’ve never stressed about travelling before. But, the good news is that I needn’t have worried. I coped fine with wearing a mask, we didn’t mess up on the travel requirements, and we (my wife and I and our two young daughters) ended up having exactly the holiday we needed: plenty of swimming, relaxation, and sun! I’m not going to pretend the masks and travel requirement stress didn’t have some impact on the trip – but it was hugely outweighed by the positive benefits of travelling again.

I hadn’t realised how much I’d missed the pleasure of being in a different country, enjoying different experiences and being lifted out of the day-to-day routines of home. And, of course, if you book your holiday with us, we can take the stress out of the whole process for you. It’s our job to understand the travel regulations for you, so all you need to worry about is what to pack! Although we can give you guidance on this as well if you need…

So, the message from me is that if the additional requirements of post-pandemic travel have been putting you off booking an overseas holiday, go ahead and take the plunge because you won’t regret it – I certainly don’t! In fact, whilst I’ve historically been very last-minute in planning my own holidays, we’re already excitedly making plans for the October half-term this year and for summer next year. Travel is well and truly back, and that’s a wonderful feeling indeed.”

Andy Hunt, HA Founder

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