Brits are opting for holidays in October half term as they ditch summer hols due to coronavirus uncertainty


BRITS are ditching plans for summer holidays and opting for trips abroad during the October half term instead.

Currently the UK advises against all non-essential travel abroad, and are also enforcing a 14-day quarantine from June 8.

Brits are stepping away from summer holidays and are looking to October half term instead

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Brits are stepping away from summer holidays and are looking to October half term insteadCredit: Getty – Contributor

While this will be reviewed in three weeks, it means families may be choosing to wait for their holiday this year.

Emma Coulthurst, travel commentator from TravelSupermarket, said: “The reality is that we don’t yet know when Brits will be able to travel again.

“The FCO indefinite advice against anything but essential travel remains in place and there is no indication of when this will be lifted.

“It is wait and see as to which countries will let Brits travel there and when – and when the UK Government will allow Brits to travel overseas for holidays again.”

Holiday searches in October 2020 are the most popular this year, compared to the summer months.

Costa Blanca is popular with families looking to go away in the autumn

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Costa Blanca is popular with families looking to go away in the autumnCredit: Alamy

Followed by December 2020 and trips next summer in May 2021, it seems an autumn holiday is the most optimistic for Brits this year.

The Canary Islands, Las Vegas, Dubai, the Costa Blanca and New York are the top searches, despite the US having the highest cases of coronavirus in the world.

Holiday bookings are also increasing next summer, as airlines and tour operators offer deals more than a year in advance.

Ms Coulthurst added that there needs to be “more certainty before people are willing to take the plunge” on their next trip abroad.

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We’ve rounded up some of the best bargain deals for an October half-term holiday, although they should be booked in caution as there is still no confirmed date of when travel from the UK will be allowed once again:

  • Seven nights in Costa Blanca from Leeds – £315pp (reduced from £396)
  • Seven nights in Costa del Sol from Leeds – £321pp (reduced from £397pp)
  • Seven nights in Ibiza from Liverpool – £354pp
  • Seven nights at five-star Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach from London Heathrow – £470pp (reduced from £542pp)

Italy is already welcoming British tourists back from today while Greece, Spain and Portugal all have high hopes for summer trips.

Until the UK government allows travel again, however, it remains a high risk to go abroad against the advice.

UK holidays may be on the agenda this year – with plans for a bank holiday in October.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden today suggested Airbnb holiday lets would be the first parts of the British tourism industry to reopen as they have a “lower risk” of spreading coronavirus
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