Following on from our blog posted in April 'Holiday 'Window' Shopping Increases as People Stay at Home!'
We have seen that as the lock-down is starting to ease, people are getting hopeful about Summer holidays and searching for this summer. Many countries are starting to invite tourists back and once we are able to travel on holiday again we will be booking that long awaited break.
There are still restrictions in place for traveling within the UK and abroad and it is still unclear when people will be able to travel on holiday. The situation in constantly changing and being updated by the UK Government on traveling.
How we travel will change, stays in hotels and resorts will be different with social distancing and special measures being brought in to keep everyone safe. It will still be fantastic to go on holiday again just a little different.
The number of searches increasing is great to see and it shows that we are all feeling positive and still want to have the lovely holiday somewhere special.
We have very similar findings are Travelsupermarket who state:
Searches for holidays between July 1 and October 31 2020 have seen an increase of:
The top country searches have been:
We are seeing that people are being optimistic about a break this year and we are keeping on top of all the developments and advising our customers on the destinations they are researching.
If you would like some holiday inspiration, whether it is for this year or next, take a look at our holiday website and start dreaming and planning.
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Following on from our previous blog post on Private Jets and with the possibility of travel restrictions being lifted in the near future, we have seen an increase in enquiries from people about using a private jet or a private helicopter to avoid being in an enclosed space with other people.
This is something that you may not have thought about before due to the ease of 'normal' travel on commercial airlines or maybe even the thought that it would be far too expensive.
A private jet of course is thought of as a luxury in 'normal' times however is it becoming more important now with what is going on in the world?
We have been working with private jet and helicopter companies for many years and believe that if you are able to it is a great way to travel. A very important point to mention is that flying with the people you want to fly with rather than strangers has the added peace of mind that you know all the people in the plane, a commercial airline can not give you that comfort.
The flexibility is great as you can fly into smaller airports as well as the larger ones therefore get closer to your final destination.
It really is something to think about when you are looking to book your next trip.
One of our suppliers Pretium Jet & helicopter says:
"Chartering a private aircraft gives you the freedom to travel your way. You can fly where you want, when you want and in the comfort and privacy of your own aircraft. You'll have flexibility and greater control over your schedule and spend less time travelling and sitting in airports; you'll make the most of your time away."
If you would like us to help you look into it then just get intouch on:
0044 131 467 7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thinking about the future and getting excited!
At some point in the future we will be saying:
When the above actually happens where will you go to in the United Kingdom?
Have you been to all the countries in the UK yet?
I bet there are so many places that you haven't been and fantastic and different experiences to have. You can; see all the historic sites, eat delicious cuisines, enjoy local and international drinks, go hiking in the countryside, go cruising on the canals and lakes or lochs, have an adventure packed break, visit all the amazing cities, travel around the local villages, soak up the local atmosphere and so much more.
Below is a summary of the MANY Reasons to holiday in The UK
The 'Staycation' is something to seriously think about and start planning as it is good to have something to look forward to.
Get intouch if you would like ideas for your future holiday and help in planning that exciting UK holiday!
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Image credits to KODAK
Just WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!! This is a challenge and a half!!!!!
Kodak have come out with a fabulous puzzle here! It is 1.9m high, 8.6m long and weighs a MASSIVE 18.5KG!!! To put that into perspective that's:
What an amazing idea! we can't travel the world right now, however we can create hours of Fun putting it together. They estimate it will take around 3 weeks to complete it. This will keep you going through the lockdown for sure, drive everyone crazy and take up a lot of space but what an achievement when you have done it!
It features 27 of the World's landmarks and cities, how much fun would it be to pick the cities in order of where you want to go next and then construct the puzzle in that order? I would choose Prague, Czech Republic first! I love it there! What order would you choose?
They have made it a bit easier than it first sounds by splitting it into each of the 27 destinations with 1900 puzzle pieces per destination so in effect you have 27 puzzles to do and then connect them together!
I have to ask the question once done would you then:
I have to say it would be 2 for me as I do not have a wall big enough to put it on and you never know I might be the next one to do it all over again!!!
Let us know what you would do!
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It has been a very difficult time for everyone over the last few months and the Travel Industry has suffered a dramatic downturn due to this awful Coronovirus that has effected so many people Globally. There have been numerous cancellations and postponements of people's travel plans with all the different restrictions that each country has put into place for everyone's safety to combat this horrendous virus.
The 'Stay at Home' Measures that The Government have put in place are extremely important and have just been extended by 3 weeks. We take this very seriously and all our team are at home staying safe so that we can get back to the the office sometime in the near future. Working from home is OK however we all miss the office banter!
One thing that we have noticed over this time is that people are feeling optimistic about their future holidays. We have seen a large increase in people browsing our website www.ttceholidays.com looking at different destinations and getting ideas of where they may want to go when we can all travel again!
We love dreaming about holidays and where to go to next and now more than ever I think we all need those holiday ideas giving us something exciting to look forward to!
We have added an overview of almost 100 lovely holiday destinations for you have browse through while you are staying at home. We want to give you some ideas of where you may want to go with the top destinations and average temperatures etc.
Stay safe and well and we look forward to being able to help you with any travel plans in the future!
If we can help with anything you can call us on +44131 467 7000 or email us on email@example.com
Photo kindly provided by Pretium Jet & Helicopter Charter
Flying by private jet is normally seen as a luxury and a very expensive mode of transport, although there is lots of benefits to consider which we have listed for you below:
Why fly by private jet?
You are in charge of your schedule
You travel safe and sound
Saves time and money
Local smaller airports to depart or take off from
Productive while travelling
You are in charge of your schedule
The truth is that the real luxury when you fly private is the ability to reschedule your flight according to your needs. Business jets can even let you arrange your take off times as you go about your day, making it even more convenient to reach your destination when a meeting runs late or you can even change your arrival point while travelling in the air.
You travel safe and sound
Private aircrafts provide a safe and comfortable environment while travelling. When hiring a private jet, the safety checks are much more thorough than flying on a commercial airline, giving you a better picture of who you are sharing the aircraft with. It also protects you from any illnesses you could obtain from being on a commercial aircraft, as you won’t be sharing the circulated air with hundreds of people who could be potentially carrying any viruses or illnesses.
Saves time and money
When business executives and their colleagues fly private, the biggest benefit is the time they save – for both their employees and any third parties involved. Instead of arriving to the airport hours early to check in and wait in long security lines, you can arrive just before take-off. This also saves time at the other end, saving having to wait for baggage. In a scenario where executives need to visit multiple cities for meetings, private travel can provide incredible cost-saving advantages. Rather than flying commercial and taking multiple days to travel back and forth, private travel can reduce this trip to a single day. Instead of paying for multiple nights at hotels and multiple meals for the entire team, all meetings can happen in one day.
Local smaller airports to depart or take off from
Travelling on private jet allows you access to smaller, local airports, over 10,000 to be exact!! Giving you the freedom and flexibility to fly right to the heart of your destination or take off from closer to home, saving you time and money. Flying on a luxury jet allows you to travel non-stop to your preferred destination, avoiding unwanted road trips and lengthy layovers in places you don’t want to be.
Productive while travelling
Prepping for a big business meeting or trying to catch up on your emails? This may seem impossible on a commercial aircraft, with people listening in to private conversations and the background noise and buzz. Renting a private jet provides you with complete privacy from the minute you take off until touchdown, giving you peace and quiet to catch up on work or discuss the company strategy. Comfort is another major benefit to flying private, with spacious, walkable cabins featuring lavish, plush interiors and many comforts for a more relaxed flight.
Travelling by private jet can be more cost effective than you think. Call 0131 467 7000 today to receive a no obligation quote.
Citizens of the world, global businesses and Government are watching, monitoring and adapting plans as the Coronavirus crisis continues to unfold. In travel, we’ve been through many a destination crisis, from Caribbean storms, Icelandic volcanos and the previous SARS outbreak, amongst others. However, the rapid spread of Coronavirus has taken the world by surprise.
At The Travel Company Edinburgh, we understand and appreciate the concerns of our customers, who are unsure if they should travel, as well as our trade partners who are facing heightened corporate pressures as well as concern for their customers and loved ones.
As the situation unfolds, there are lots of questions on cancellation fees, how insurers are approaching force majeure and the Foreign Office’s advice to travel. A lot of the answers are as yet unknown, but we will communicate new information when we have it.
We don’t intend to make any impulsive reactions here and will be following destination tourism advice as well as our own Government’s action plans to protect our customers and partners. Trade associations and bodies continue to aggregate and share news and issue guidance, which will inform our position too.
We are hopeful that like SARS, which spread rapidly and then all but disappeared, the Coronavirus outbreak will be temporary, and we can return to creating incredible, stress-free holidays. In the meantime, we suggest that for those of us who are well, it’s business as usual for ourselves and our clients.
The world should keep on travelling where it’s safe to do so. And the over-riding view of the industry is that most of the world is safe. We advise to take common sense steps to protect from illness, at home and on your travels. Good hand hygiene, self-isolation if unwell and reporting any travel to infected areas. If you are booked to travel to an infected area, rather than cancel your trip we recommend that you postpone it or switch destination.
At The Travel Company Edinburgh, we reassure that we stand by our customers, partners and employees over the next few unknown months. Together, we’ll find our way through this crisis, whilst standing together and preserving the beautiful experience of world travel and the industries that support it.
If you have any questions on imminent travel to an affected region, get in touch with us on our dedicated hotline on 0131 467 7000.
Travel insurance is one of the most important things you need to purchase alongside your holiday, although this is often overlooked. Martin Lewis has issued a warning to tourists travelling this year without insurance, that you are putting yourself at risk of major financial losses. You wouldn’t drive your car without car insurance or own a home without home insurance so why travel the world without travel insurance?
Below we have listed the top 5 reasons of making sure you and your family’s holiday is covered:
1.Medical emergencies or treatment overseas
2.Lost, stolen or damaged items, including baggage, passports and money
3.You need to cancel your holiday
4.Your Travel Company goes bust
5.A natural disaster or terrorist attack occurs
Medical emergencies or treatment overseas
No one wants to fall ill or have a hospital trip while on holiday, but medical complications or accidents can occur at any time, in 1 year, 3689 British Nationalists were hospitalised abroad. Making sure you have travel insurance before travel will ensure you get the necessary medical attention you need without having to pay out a fortune. For example, just to see a doctor in the States could cost you almost $1000.
Lost, stolen or damaged items, including baggage, passports and money
In 2015 23.1 million bags were lost or damaged and in 1 year 27,272 British Nationals required help for lost or stolen passports. With travel insurance you can be reimbursed for lost, stolen or damaged baggage or personal items so you can focus on taking care of what you need in such an inconvenience such as this rather than the cost and will help you get home without a passport.
You need to cancel your holiday
Life doesn’t always go to plan and there may be a reason in which you need to cancel your holiday, for example, a family member falls ill, or you have an accident or get made redundant. With no insurance, it may be difficult to get your money back, especially if you are close to your departure date. With a travel insurance policy, depending on circumstances you will be covered and will have peace of mind knowing you’ll get some, if not all of your money back.
Your Travel Company goes bust
You’ve planned your dream holiday and a few weeks before you are due to travel you see on the news that the company you have booked with is about to go bust. We were all shocked with this situation last year with the collapse of the world-famous brand Thomas Cook. Without travel insurance it may be difficult and a lengthy process to get your money back.
A natural disaster or terrorist attack occurs
You’ve been saving and been looking forward to your holiday all year, and just before you are due to travel a hurricane or ash cloud strikes or a terrorist attack occurs at your chosen destination and the Foreign Office now states it’s not safe to travel. Without travel insurance you could be at risk of losing all your hard-earned cash.
We have lots of different types of cover available at very competitive prices and are here to take the stress of arranging your travel insurance away. For free and impartial advice or to book contact us today on 0131 467 7000 or visit our website: https://www.ttce.com/insurance.html
Are you wondering what will happen after 31st January 2020 when the UK leaves the EU?
Rather than speculate we wanted to let you know what ABTA is saying.
Here is a snippet from the ABTA website:
Brexit: advice for travellers after 31 January 2020
Europe is the number one overseas destination for UK travellers – with over 58 million trips abroad each year.
Naturally, holidaymakers and business travellers have questions about what Brexit means for travelling to EU countries. This latest advice highlights that the UK is now on track to enter a transition period after Brexit on 31 January 2020 and is valid until the end of December 2020.
Travel after 31 January 2020
If Parliament ratifies the Withdrawal Agreement before 31 January 2020, which it is on track to do, the UK will enter a transition period, meaning everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now until at least the end of December 2020.
Common questions about travel after 31 January 2020
Will flights still operate?
Yes. If a deal is agreed then we will be in a transition period, meaning everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal.
Will ferries and cruise ships still sail?
Ferry services and cruises will still sail as in any case the majority of the rules under which they operate are not based on EU rules, but are international.
Will my coach journey still operate?
Coaches will still be able to travel to and from the EU, and around EU countries as usual.
Will trains from the UK to the EU still operate?
Trains from the UK to the EU will continue to operate as usual.
Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?
No. UK travellers won’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit.
Should I take out travel insurance to cover Brexit?
The best way to protect your holiday is to book a package – it is then the travel provider’s responsibility to make sure your holiday is provided and to offer an alternative or refund if it cannot be delivered.
It is important that whenever and wherever you travel that you have adequate travel insurance which covers your specific needs, including any known medical conditions or activities you plan to do.
Valid passports can still be used. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. Your passport does however need to be valid for the whole of your trip.
European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. In the event of a Brexit deal, UK registered EHICs will still be valid throughout 2020.
ABTA has always advised holidaymakers and business travellers to make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, whether they have an EHIC card or not, as there are limitations to EHIC.
When travelling in the EU and beyond, it is important you take out travel insurance and check that it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you’re not sure.
Advice on travel insurance can be found here.
As long as you have a full UK driving licence, you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This will not change following 31 January 2020. An International Driving Permit will not be required, and you do not need a GB sticker or a Green Card for car insurance.
Taking pets abroad
There will be no change in relation to taking pets abroad after 31 January 2020.
Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK and this will continue after 31 January 2020.
The above information is credited to ABTA
So you've booked your holiday and it's only a few days away, HOW EXCITING!!!
Now you know you can't take everything with you but what do you pack and what do you leave at home?
I recently came across this post on the Telegraph website, written by Ms Soo Kim, travel writer, and thought I would share it with you. You may not need to take it all but it may just help you remember a few things to take! The electronic Plug converter is the one I always forget, I think I have about 4 in my drawer at home now!
Essentials for any holiday
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