he government’s roadmap out of lockdown sets out specific dates for when we’re allowed to travel again.
At the moment, all leisure travel, both domestic and international, is banned; but that hasn’t stopped sun-starved Britons from booking holidays in their thousands, if booking data from travel companies is anything to go by. In the week of the roadmap announcements, tour operator Tui saw a 600 per cent jump in summer holiday bookings, while Ryanair and easyJet revealed similar bounces.
International travel can restart no earlier than 17 May, the government has decided. We don’t need to wait until then to get our fix, though. On 29 March, the “stay at home” order turns into “stay local” (although it’s not clear yet exactly how far we’ll be allowed to travel out of our local area); and on 12 April, self-catering accommodation opens in England, in a boon for domestic travel.
So what’s on the agenda for The Independent’s travel desk this summer?
View over London from the Horniman Museum
As much as I’ve loved lapping my local parks during lockdowns, I’d like to venture a bit further afield when “stay local” comes into effect…