Virgin joins Tui and Thomas Cook in cancelling holiday bookings
05/01/2021 | news | business | 1,388
Virgin Holidays joins Tui and Thomas Cook in cancelling holidays after latest coronavirus restrictions.
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05/01/2021 14:16:27 28 4
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If this isn't the most obvious thing to do i don't know what is.

How is this a story?
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05/01/2021 15:59:05 5 9
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It isnt, they just wanted to open up the comments so that ignorant people can scream CLOSE THE BORDERS without having the slightest idea of the implications
lock up the fat liar Removed
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05/01/2021 14:17:11 8 6
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You'd have thought that the law makers would've taken the initiative on this. Par for the course, I suppose.
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05/01/2021 14:17:41 22 19
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No idea why people feel the need for a holiday in these trying times
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05/01/2021 14:28:50 6 3
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fools and there money are easily parted
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05/01/2021 14:18:15 10 3
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And bears poop in the woods
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05/01/2021 14:18:58 539 47
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Whilst I appreciate people's optimism, trying to book holidays while rates are going up seems plain daft.

We need to get out of the mentality of "what can I get away with?" and move towards "what can I do to help?". Alas, if we haven't seen that by now then I don't think we will.
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05/01/2021 14:22:57 90 33
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Bookings normally open about a year in advance.
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05/01/2021 14:28:11 39 10
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best post on here. I note the negative thumbs down, however truth hurts.. totally in the lap of the gods if you have booked a holiday anywhere in the first 5 months of this year.. and your right. its the state of our country that people are in it for themselves no ifs no buts
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05/01/2021 14:29:19 45 8
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Well said. Too many trying to travel just as soon as they can. Whether they should or not just doesn't seem to occur to them. Do people think the virus moves about on its own? I despair of such selfishness.
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05/01/2021 14:43:54 30 6
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I agree but what about those who have already had their holidays moved to alternative dates from the last lockdown? I booked a holiday in this country last January (pre-lockdown), had it cancelled by the company and reset for April 2021. The way things are going, I might well get that cancelled too - through no fault of my own.
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05/01/2021 14:56:46 9 27
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Its called optimism....Life has to and will get back to normal,if U sit back and wait the Airlines will rip u off,they always do...They have got away with it for years,trebling the cost of Flights during School Hols and not one Government has tackled the Issue !!..
Its not suply and demand it's straight forward rip off !!
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05/01/2021 14:57:28 27 16
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We were due to go to Sri Lanka 23.3.2020. Cancelled so rebooked for 26.2.2021 rather than a refund. Just been cancelled. Was definitely not to see what we could get away with. So how were we daft?? Don't accuse people without knowing the facts.
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05/01/2021 15:14:37 10 7
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Who in their right mind would have booked a holiday in the next few weeks anyway???? Some people are on a different planet. Just wait a few weeks for goodness sake, it's not forever, just behave! I despair.
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05/01/2021 15:16:48 12 4
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"Whilst I appreciate people's optimism, trying to book holidays while rates are going up seems plain daft."

Absolutely raving bonkers. Did these people never grow out of kicking the backs of the car seats screaming "Are we there yet"? The generation who never learned what 'patience' meant. Nope, its the 'I want it all and I want it now' children.
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05/01/2021 15:56:31 2 6
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What a bunch of straight laced hysterics you are. Getting yourself in a blind panic every day. There is more to life than Covid- it is not the plague! Get a grip.
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05/01/2021 16:15:59 7 1
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Sadly, we have entire generations growing up without the basic understanding that actions have consequences. They keep pushing the boundaries and breaking the rules with no care or conscience. When someone finally pulls them up they complain their freedoms are more important than the rules and the rest of us should keep our nose out. Sad, but true.
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05/01/2021 17:01:06 0 2
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I've actually booked some accommodation in Greece for May. It can be cancelled and I wouldn't go as far as booking an Easyjet flight although the price was good. It gives me something to look forward to as I'm shielding, and a reason for resuming my studies of Greek. I'm glad that EHICs are still going to be valid; otherwise I may never travel again.
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05/01/2021 17:18:06 2 1
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When we told a friend we couldn’t travel to see the grandchildren she said ,”why not ?they are not policing it.”Our answer “we know,we are policing ourselves.”
05/01/2021 17:48:34 0 2
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And they booked the a year ago. Maybe you had the crystal ball and they didn’t. If it was you why didn’t you say what was coming and the. It could have been sorted
05/01/2021 18:22:48 0 2
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Too much ego, the majority of the Country are self-centred sociopaths, It's why we have a government who are giving away multi-million contracts to friends and selling public services.

Its always been about what you can get away with, that is why drugs are illegal not regulated, Tax evasion is treated like a game among the rich and people make millions off conspiracy theories and pseudo-science.
05/01/2021 18:23:20 0 2
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Silly statement. I booked my holidays for 2020 in 2019. I moved them over to this year. I also booked a holiday for this year at the beginning of 2020 when we didn't know the seriousness of the virus. Most people book ahead and lots of people have been moving their holidays around.
05/01/2021 18:47:14 0 2
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Some of these holidays were from last year and were moved to this year. So these will be pushed back again.
06/01/2021 15:15:58 0 0
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Not so cut & dried. I had a booking early April 2019 to go to the USA which was cancelled because of Covid. At the time refused a refund I felt forced into either rebooking or losing a substantial amount of money. I have since tried again to get a refund the tour company & Virgin are still refusing to refund. I am not alone and I am sure some have given up the fight and re-booked!
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05/01/2021 14:19:00 8 6
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The odds for our trip to the Alps in late June are not good. We booked it last August, when the virus looked pretty beaten and most countries had an air bridge.
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05/01/2021 14:26:18 3 9
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I would honestly say your are being really pessimistic there. I would suggest June is ok.. I wouldn't have any issues with June.. we should all have our jabs by then
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05/01/2021 14:26:57 10 2
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Remind me when, in the last year, the virus looked pretty beaten?
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05/01/2021 15:09:13 1 2
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It only looked'beaten' if you're clueless about how it works. The information was all out there.
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05/01/2021 14:19:09 137 32
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Who in their right mind would book a holiday abroad whilst we're in a global pandemic, and why did the airlines take the bookings,
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05/01/2021 14:21:00 39 21
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Great minds Steve!
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05/01/2021 14:23:30 5 1
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Re airlines I'd suggest "cashflow through the books" even if they have to refund it.
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05/01/2021 15:10:43 3 2
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We had last years holiday cancelled so booked it for the same time this year (June). Either that or lose the money.
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05/01/2021 15:53:52 2 3
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Why did airlines take the bookings?? To try and stay alive maybe after almost a year of zero income?? Absolutely brain dead
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05/01/2021 15:51:42 4 1
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airports have been open all through pandemic for travel ...loads of people went on cheap holidays and still are
05/01/2021 18:23:20 2 2
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Greed. Go here to find out who is flyin where. https://www.flightradar24.com
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05/01/2021 14:19:55 121 25
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Who in their right mind has booked a holiday abroad? As for Mr French’s assertion that people will be escaping to the beaches - sounds like a desperate attempt to drum up trade to me.
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05/01/2021 14:24:56 43 14
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totally agree
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05/01/2021 14:29:46 8 16
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I have and I am off. You lot can sit in your chairs in the conservatory and stare at the neighbours.
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05/01/2021 15:31:30 1 1
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Who is Mr French?
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05/01/2021 14:20:09 11 9
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Month 11 of a global pandemic, where history shows that the second wave is nearly always worse than the first and those close to Government are only just talking about putting in place measures to restrict arrivals into the UK...
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05/01/2021 14:24:38 6 6
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and you would do what? and make sure your answer is not one that has already been considered by SAGE, Public health england, civil servants, CBI. Otherwise your just like starmer, you shout about the issues but have nothing concrete to add. In other words those that shout and have no solution are, in fact, part of the problem. Your gripe is Torys full stop, not the virus.. Try the truth
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05/01/2021 14:20:33 79 21
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If they are serious about getting infections down .... then maybe a ban on ADVERTISING travel would help.

It is very tempting for people to book "sunshine holidays" in the middle of the UK winter.

Then when they find taking the trip breaks restrictions OR losing their money ... what do they do ?

Personally I'm not bothered .. but to get cases down YOU MUST SHUT THE BORDER amongst other things.
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05/01/2021 14:25:32 42 9
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Book a holiday in the middle of winter. No. In the middle of a worldwide Pandemic! Crazy.
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05/01/2021 14:28:20 10 5
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Too many trying to travel just as soon as they can. Whether they should or not just doesn't seem to occur to them. Do people think the virus moves about on its own? I despair of such selfishness.
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05/01/2021 14:48:13 5 1
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I saw an ad for travel to Denmark recently, after they closed their border to us. Talk about a waste of marketing budget. Don't get why any countries marketing department would bother with closed borders.
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05/01/2021 15:43:08 3 2
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Cases are increasing because of movement in the uk not international travel
But little englanders still can't see this and blame anything foreign in sheer ignorance

To get cases down in uk STAY AT HOME
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05/01/2021 15:57:06 0 4
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What a load of tosh. Of course you can advertise Summer holidays, by which time the vulnerable will have been vaccinated. Scream SHUT THE BORDER all you like, we are too integrated and it wont happen
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05/01/2021 14:20:48 21 7
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I’m buying shares in saga holidays, by the time the rest of us get a break everywhere will be full of vaccinated pensioners
05/01/2021 17:49:15 0 2
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At last some humour. Thanks.
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05/01/2021 14:20:52 412 60
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Who has been dumb enough to book a holiday at this point in time?
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05/01/2021 14:30:19 225 59
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The Karens and Waynes of the country....
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05/01/2021 14:45:57 42 5
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It's not just about people booking now though is it? Some people had their holidays cancelled from last year, moved to this year - and are up a gum tree through no fault of their own. Holiday companies keep moving the dates forward and the customer can't do much. I agree no one should be booking anything now but some people are suffering due to holidays carried forward from last year...
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05/01/2021 14:46:22 22 10
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Many will have booked long before coronavirus was out of control and many more back in mid 2020 when things were starting to look up. There were bargains to be had and knowing that almost all companies were offering vouchers/refunds/incentives meant it was risk free from a financial perspective. The real idiots will be those paying a small fortune when travel does return not those who speculated.
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05/01/2021 14:57:59 11 11
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Says Bob who loves a good old lockdown and a weekend in Eastbourne every other year !!
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05/01/2021 15:06:11 20 10
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My family booked a five day trip to Wales last August for March. At the time the number of people seriously ill in hospital was less than 40 and things were looking decent.
I think it was optimistic instead of dumb.
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05/01/2021 15:18:20 21 8
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The 'I want it all and I want it now' generation who kicked the backs of your car seat screaming "are we there yet".
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05/01/2021 15:41:26 6 2
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I would love to get a refund for my holiday that was booked back in October 2019, and has been moved twice at my expense with no offer of refund, with little chance of it going ahead in April 2021
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05/01/2021 15:41:33 9 1
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Front line staff who’d hoped that the sensible English mentality would have prevailed by now but unlike China it seems that this country prefers short term gains and long term pain
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05/01/2021 15:45:19 8 1
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Lots of idiots by the looks of it!
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05/01/2021 16:06:05 3 5
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Good question however I have a holiday booked for May this year which was meant to be in May 2020. Question now is will my wife & I be vaccinated before May and will the holiday go ahead anyway?? All very confusing at present I’m afraid.
Those who have the balls to live their lives and who can evaluate risk. 0.5 percent death rate. Go back to bed a cry coward Removed
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05/01/2021 16:06:38 1 3
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Those of us who deferred our planned holidays from 2020!
Martyn
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05/01/2021 16:10:42 3 3
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Some of us got locked in from two years ago; the only way not to lose a substantial deposit was to rebook for 2020 and then carry forward to 2021. We'd still prefer not to travel this year, but the holiday companies have got us all by the wotsits.
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05/01/2021 16:12:05 2 2
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Apart from those that may have pre booked, probably the anti vac and anti lockdown types..
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05/01/2021 16:18:46 0 3
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Piers Morgan
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05/01/2021 16:25:52 2 3
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As someone who works in the travel sector - the lead times for family holidays are often 12 months to allow for budgeting.
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05/01/2021 16:27:14 2 2
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The British ....nuff said.
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05/01/2021 16:28:02 1 4
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Got to spend their furlough wages somehow.
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05/01/2021 16:34:20 1 3
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Not everyone can be accused of being dumb. We booked our holiday to Cyprus back in June 2019, to travel in March 2020. We moved our holiday forward one year to March 2021, Boris saying it would all be fine and dandy by now. We would have cancelled, but will lose £2800 on a Villa we booked, insurance doesn't cover us for Covid 19.
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05/01/2021 16:44:36 0 2
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Suspect most are cancellations from last year.
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05/01/2021 16:55:35 4 1
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I said exactly the same thing about universities back in the Summer. Who would be plain daft to start university last September when we were in no fit state to carry on as normal?
05/01/2021 17:49:06 0 2
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Those who booked at Christmas a year ago, again their crystal ball failed them
05/01/2021 17:58:32 0 2
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Why , what’s going on ?
05/01/2021 18:08:28 0 2
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Probably not many. Mind you; plenty might have booked a year in advance? Many people do - gives them something to look forward to. Unlike your ill thought out, smarter than you lot, comment.
05/01/2021 18:19:17 1 1
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Totally agree - I will not be going on holiday until 2022 at the earliest
05/01/2021 19:56:17 0 1
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Hope they can get their money back easier than me -- took3 months to get my money back from Tui, then again as said who in their right mind books a holiday when no end in sight with the plague
06/01/2021 07:55:44 0 0
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Because some people need something to look forward to...
Usually you find its those that cannot afford to go abroad for a holiday are the ones complaining about people going on holiday abroad...
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05/01/2021 14:20:59 58 10
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We'll all need a good holiday after this last year.

Sadly, that time hasn't arrived yet but I really hope that vaccines here (and abroad) can mean a get-away is possible later in the year.
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05/01/2021 15:42:55 19 7
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Well said! Sometimes even just booking the holiday gives us hope and something to look forward to. I'm hoping that the one I booked for October 2022 will still go ahead. In the meantime putting the pennies in the Building Society to pay for it.
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05/01/2021 15:57:44 1 2
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One of the few sensible comments. I'm confident it will be OK later in the year
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05/01/2021 15:55:56 1 2
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Boris father went on holiday during pandemic
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05/01/2021 16:10:35 1 2
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I'm loving your name lol.
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05/01/2021 14:19:09 137 32
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Who in their right mind would book a holiday abroad whilst we're in a global pandemic, and why did the airlines take the bookings,
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05/01/2021 14:21:00 39 21
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Great minds Steve!
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05/01/2021 14:23:53 2 2
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Think it's more to do with common sense
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05/01/2021 14:21:41 9 4
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cannot even book a 'home' holiday as travel is uncertain......

maybe buy sand and a heat lamp and make my spare bedroom into a fake 'beach....
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05/01/2021 14:21:56 82 27
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Frankly, anyone who booked a holiday in middle of a pandemic with no end in sight (when they must have booked) is jusy plain daft and deserve to lose all their money. Nothing before Summer 2021 (at earliest - depends on where you're travelling to) would be remotely sensible to consider.
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05/01/2021 14:27:30 78 16
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Too many trying to travel just as soon as they can. Whether they should or not just doesn't seem to occur to them. Do people think the virus moves about on its own? I despair of such selfishness.
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05/01/2021 14:40:12 2 12
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Your nasty ..deserve to lose their money you must be one of those woke idiots or a b.b.c. employee
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05/01/2021 14:49:36 8 4
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I disagree. Not everyone booked when the pandemic hit. I booked mine well before the pandemic and had no choice but to move the dates forward to this year, through no fault of mine. Now it looks as though I won't be able to go in April either. It's in this country, but the tier system may stop me taking it...
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05/01/2021 15:38:07 2 1
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So how many gave booked holidays in the uk and still plan to go there
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05/01/2021 14:22:32 666 56
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What is the point of this lockdown when they're STILL not going the full mile??

> Airports still open
> No mandatory tests for people entering the country
> No mandatory quarantine for people entering the country
> Nurseries, where no social distancing takes place and where the virus can spread between households via non-symptomatic toddlers, still open.

DO IT PROPERLY OR NOT AT ALL. Farcical.
Scientists are worried that the vaccine won't be effective against the new S African strain...too late once it's in the UK... Removed
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05/01/2021 14:34:52 81 7
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A lockdown would be very effective if all the right measures were put in place and managed properly.

Combine it with mass testing, why are we still waiting for this?
Come down hard on the rule breakers and treat everyone equally, we're well aware certain groups of people are having a blind eye turned to them, and it's harming all of us for the sake of political correctness.

Do it properly.
Dont forgot all the illegals coming over by the boat load. Dread to think what other diseases as well as COVID they are bringing into the country. Removed
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05/01/2021 14:54:27 41 67
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and you would do what? and make sure your answer is not one that has already been considered by SAGE, Public health england, civil servants, CBI. Otherwise your just like starmer, you shout about the issues but have nothing concrete to add. In other words those that shout and have no solution are, in fact, part of the problem. Your gripe is Torys full stop, not the virus.. Try the truth
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05/01/2021 14:54:36 28 40
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It's not a mystery why these lockdowns aren't working.
The most vulnerable are generally considered to be the older generation.
Young folk are generally the worst impacted by lockdowns on all measures.

The younger generation generally feel disconnected and left behind by the older generation, therefore generally aren't as willing to make such a big sacrifice to save a few old folk.
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05/01/2021 15:32:36 14 3
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And places of worship still open. Ridiculous.
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05/01/2021 15:35:01 6 25
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Oh dear still hung up about airports - wonder why

What about testing and quarantining people who travel around the uk on trains, coaches, cars etc etc etc

Oops probably not foreign enough for you

Please note the few who do fly in have to quarantine or get fined - which means it is mandatory
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05/01/2021 15:38:40 26 5
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Absolutely spot on. Borders should have been closed right back at the start - Heathrow still waving people in - with a polite request to quarantine
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05/01/2021 15:45:37 10 3
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100% Agree - If we cant leave our country why the heck are we letting planes arrive in the UK - Bet no one isolates when they come to the UK from abroad. I agree its FARCICAL
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05/01/2021 15:44:03 3 2
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No test at airports because they are not following the science...testing stops transmission not vaccines

Denmark has already spread its strain around UK..they are just making South Africa the fall guy in news as it isn't part of EU
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05/01/2021 15:55:58 0 2
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I disagree with the last point. Do it properly there is no other option.
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05/01/2021 16:16:48 3 2
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I work at an airport and the financial losses have been eye-watering. The govenrment could close Airports but it is reticent to do so as they would then qualify for financial support from govt. Other than furlough, the aviation sector has received no support and is on its knees. I reckon some airports would welcome being shut as they would be better off financially but it's up to govt now!
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05/01/2021 16:18:17 4 7
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Dear me mr shouty. The virus is in circulation and it’s not bloody foreigners bringing it in! Airports need to remain open as we have cargo, the small matter of food and the small thing called a vaccine. Don’t know how you think shed loads of foreigners are entering the country when a good amount of countries have barred flights to & from the UK. Back to your Britain First Facebook ramblings.
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05/01/2021 16:21:41 0 2
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Not at all sounds good
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05/01/2021 16:24:32 1 3
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You can't micro manage 70 million people's lives!
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05/01/2021 16:40:20 1 2
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God love you. You obviously think this is being done to protect the nhs and save lives.........

Think again!
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05/01/2021 16:43:28 1 1
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-10 days quarantine is mandatory to enter the UK. You have to send a form and they can come to your door.
-Tests to enter the UK? UK has been banned because the new variant!
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05/01/2021 16:49:43 1 1
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BBC FACT CHECKED

(short for Touristik Union International), also known as TUI Group, is an Anglo-German multinational travel and tourism company headquartered in Hanover, Germany.[2] It is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world,[

In no way is it a Uk HOLIDAY firm as stated BY BBC it is a Multinational travel firm

It has cancelled bookings worldwide and not just in the UK
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05/01/2021 17:32:01 1 3
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Totally agree, all points. National Lockdown Close the borders to travellers until further notice
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05/01/2021 17:39:54 2 2
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Typically shambolic UK government decision making, that won't change, never had a full grip on controlling the pandemic, too much poncing about lifting restrictions in and out of lockdown.
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05/01/2021 17:46:04 2 1
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Govts can only implement what their public lets them get away with. Society is too flaky in the UK to hammer home a full and proper lockdown, and Devolution would screw it up anyway.
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05/01/2021 14:22:46 0 5
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This is just beginning what we went about lockdown,
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05/01/2021 14:18:58 539 47
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Whilst I appreciate people's optimism, trying to book holidays while rates are going up seems plain daft.

We need to get out of the mentality of "what can I get away with?" and move towards "what can I do to help?". Alas, if we haven't seen that by now then I don't think we will.
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05/01/2021 14:22:57 90 33
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Bookings normally open about a year in advance.
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05/01/2021 14:26:52 1 47
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Yeah ! You tell that remoaner !
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05/01/2021 15:27:05 4 3
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Surely the point is that we are in unchartered territory and can't predict what things will be like at any stage ahead right now - not even a year. If, for example the South Africa mutation can't be controlled by vaccine we may be back to square one. Holidays are the reward when the more important things in life have first been taken care of.
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05/01/2021 14:21:19 7 15
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Will be booking for June or August : happily most HYS always unhappies will be staying behind...............................
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05/01/2021 14:26:47 15 9
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Too many trying to travel just as soon as they can. Whether they should or not just doesn't seem to occur to them. Do people think the virus moves about on its own? I despair of such selfishness.
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05/01/2021 14:29:03 0 2
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Good luck on that working out for you....
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05/01/2021 14:30:18 2 3
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I would stick to thinking about late August early September if I was you, as long as you have had your second vaccination 2 weeks before you will be fine.
Otherwise no-one is letting you in
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05/01/2021 14:21:55 15 5
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I honestly couldn't believe these holiday firms advertising over Christmas are they being run by complete twonks even last night before the announcement we were hearing have the jab and take off I really wish they would …… off where on earth do they think they will be flying too
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I've posted this earlier. Look here: https://www.flightradar24.com Click on the aircraft, it will tell you all about the flight. I have no connection with this web site, it is just interesting. Something to do in lockdown!
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05/01/2021 14:22:24 8 11
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Watching the way this government plays these firms is like watching a skillful medieval torturer, who takes great pride in his work, torment his victims.
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05/01/2021 14:19:09 137 32
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Who in their right mind would book a holiday abroad whilst we're in a global pandemic, and why did the airlines take the bookings,
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05/01/2021 14:23:30 5 1
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Re airlines I'd suggest "cashflow through the books" even if they have to refund it.
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05/01/2021 14:23:41 2 4
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I am so grateful for my wooly jumpers this year
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05/01/2021 14:23:13 11 15
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im suprised media has not blamed brexit
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05/01/2021 14:28:03 10 9
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I am surprised "patriots" don't have better English spelling abilities.....
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05/01/2021 14:28:44 3 1
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They tried to early on, until Brexit became favourable to the whole situation.

Remember they were criticising the government for things like not joining the EU ventilator scheme or the vaccine scheme, then look what happened.

We got more ventilators, faster than EU countries did, and we've vaccinated more people in the UK in 1 week than every EU country combined has in 3. (Bloomberg tracker)
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05/01/2021 14:21:00 39 21
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Great minds Steve!
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05/01/2021 14:23:53 2 2
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Think it's more to do with common sense
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05/01/2021 14:24:19 7 28
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Am off to Turkey in september on ifs am 10000% going no matter what eaven if i drive there
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05/01/2021 14:27:19 3 3
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i know someones on holiday in turkey right now
126
TJA
05/01/2021 14:43:40 3 2
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Good luck with that car journey!
11
05/01/2021 14:20:09 11 9
bbc
Month 11 of a global pandemic, where history shows that the second wave is nearly always worse than the first and those close to Government are only just talking about putting in place measures to restrict arrivals into the UK...
30
05/01/2021 14:24:38 6 6
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and you would do what? and make sure your answer is not one that has already been considered by SAGE, Public health england, civil servants, CBI. Otherwise your just like starmer, you shout about the issues but have nothing concrete to add. In other words those that shout and have no solution are, in fact, part of the problem. Your gripe is Torys full stop, not the virus.. Try the truth
124
05/01/2021 14:43:34 2 2
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SAGE advised against the reopening of schools and universities after the summer break. Politicians all across the UK ignored them because they thought they knew better. Now we are reaping the rewards of their stupidity. Schools and universities were the vector for transmission that caused the second wave. And politicians want to open schools again ASAP; politicians want a third wave.
163
05/01/2021 14:48:51 2 3
bbc
Just because something was "considered" by Sage or PHE etc, doesn't mean it's been adopted by a Gov that seems more driven to protect commercial property owners (their donors) than non "bricks & mortar" businesses or General Public's health.

Only by holding BoZo to account for failures & vocalizing preferences can people of this country expect & demand Gov acts in ALL of our best interests.
05/01/2021 19:54:04 0 0
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Problem is that the 'shut the borders' as suggested by Dom & Priti in March was talked out by PHE, civil servants and CBI until it was too late.

Once all the infected ski tourists were back from Italy and all over the country we were pretty much doomed.
10
05/01/2021 14:19:55 121 25
bbc
Who in their right mind has booked a holiday abroad? As for Mr French’s assertion that people will be escaping to the beaches - sounds like a desperate attempt to drum up trade to me.
31
05/01/2021 14:24:56 43 14
bbc
totally agree
32
05/01/2021 14:25:17 101 31
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Continuing to book holidays despite a global pandemic going on is a consequence of systemic attitudes in our society/culture, including apparent necessity to show off on social media or keeping up with the Joneses’ attitude, and advertising tries to make us holiday more, just like with consumerism.

This behaviour will not change without a pragmatic critical thinking style approach.
196
D
05/01/2021 14:53:54 71 89
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What a load of tosh. Some people just like to get away from this country from time to time, especially over winter when it really doesn’t have much going for it.

Travel broadens the mind. Once this is all over you should try it, it might make you less cynical about peoples motivations. I can’t say I’ve ever been anywhere to impress someone else or for social media likes I just enjoy it.
520
05/01/2021 15:48:28 3 3
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Cheer up,have a laugh.
608
05/01/2021 15:53:38 0 5
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airlines are open all through pandemic. you can go on holidays
765
05/01/2021 16:31:04 3 4
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This is great. All these people who complain about holidays...they better be no hypocrites and stay in their English coastal resorts for the rest of their lives, while others will see other places with more space, less rubbish and no cringeworthy little Englanders. Both sides never mingle so win win for everyone. What's not to like?
12
05/01/2021 14:20:33 79 21
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If they are serious about getting infections down .... then maybe a ban on ADVERTISING travel would help.

It is very tempting for people to book "sunshine holidays" in the middle of the UK winter.

Then when they find taking the trip breaks restrictions OR losing their money ... what do they do ?

Personally I'm not bothered .. but to get cases down YOU MUST SHUT THE BORDER amongst other things.
33
05/01/2021 14:25:32 42 9
bbc
Book a holiday in the middle of winter. No. In the middle of a worldwide Pandemic! Crazy.
34
05/01/2021 14:26:08 39 21
bbc
I find it frankly astonishing that people would even think of booking an overseas holiday in the midst of all this. Who goes on holiday in January anyway??
47
05/01/2021 14:28:30 29 10
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I normally have two City breaks in January.
Prague and Rome are beautiful this time of year.
48
05/01/2021 14:28:38 6 3
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Well we go to Madeira for February and March each year 65c blue sky heated pool, Poncha, sea food dinners and great friends. However not this year.
66
05/01/2021 14:31:11 4 2
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Obviously in some countries our winter is their summer so you could enjoy 'winter sun' (as the brochures would call it) and closer to the equator seasons don't tend to be as apparent... Also, skiing?
82
05/01/2021 14:33:25 10 4
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I think you need to broaden your experience of life, Tallulah.
94
05/01/2021 14:36:48 3 2
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The days of people only going in our Summer have long gone. When you can go to a sunnier clime.
102
05/01/2021 14:38:18 9 9
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People who want to escape winter isn't that obvious how old are you.........11
135
05/01/2021 14:44:31 5 3
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It is hard to ski when the snow has melted.
156
05/01/2021 14:47:42 6 6
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People with brains the size of peas!
216
05/01/2021 14:55:55 0 3
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I will not travel in pandemic. But always go abroad January February when soooo cold here.
220
05/01/2021 14:57:10 1 1
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People who can go Caribbean or Mexico
494
05/01/2021 15:45:11 1 2
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People who are SAD, people who dislike UK winters. SAD light deficiency. Seasonal affective disorder. A form of depression.
506
05/01/2021 15:47:02 2 1
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Have you not heard of skiing holidays?
612
05/01/2021 15:56:30 0 1
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to get away from the cold people fly out during winter
777
05/01/2021 16:34:44 0 1
bbc
Well not been away in January except for once but travelling anti-cyclically has worked for me. No crowded, more authenticity and better deals.
35
05/01/2021 14:26:10 14 15
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Perhaps there should be a clause in all bookings that state all cancellations due to Covid would trigger a 50% risk penalty to stop these selfish people from making bookings unnecessarily at a time when we re all being asked not to make any unnecessary travel. If every country had closed all their borders for 2 months back in March, we would be out of this pandemic now.
56
05/01/2021 14:29:22 5 8
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Selfish, we were encoraged to book holidays to help with the economy Hindsight is a wonderful thing isnt it
8
05/01/2021 14:19:00 8 6
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The odds for our trip to the Alps in late June are not good. We booked it last August, when the virus looked pretty beaten and most countries had an air bridge.
36
05/01/2021 14:26:18 3 9
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I would honestly say your are being really pessimistic there. I would suggest June is ok.. I wouldn't have any issues with June.. we should all have our jabs by then
288
05/01/2021 15:10:02 1 2
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More naivety!

Write off 2021 - if you get a little bit back then it's a bonus.
22
05/01/2021 14:21:19 7 15
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Will be booking for June or August : happily most HYS always unhappies will be staying behind...............................
37
05/01/2021 14:26:47 15 9
bbc
Too many trying to travel just as soon as they can. Whether they should or not just doesn't seem to occur to them. Do people think the virus moves about on its own? I despair of such selfishness.
8
05/01/2021 14:19:00 8 6
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The odds for our trip to the Alps in late June are not good. We booked it last August, when the virus looked pretty beaten and most countries had an air bridge.
38
05/01/2021 14:26:57 10 2
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Remind me when, in the last year, the virus looked pretty beaten?
86
05/01/2021 14:34:57 8 2
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Anyone who thought the virus was beaten last year was not paying attention. May just be lucky for June though! Maybe...
39
05/01/2021 14:27:01 220 13
bbc
I feel sorry for those who booked well before the advent of Covid but anyone who thought it was safe to plan a holiday after then was in unicorn land.
50
05/01/2021 14:28:50 56 102
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Does anyone really book a holiday 11 months in advance?
253
05/01/2021 15:01:55 1 2
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Now you mention unicorns...
663
05/01/2021 16:10:14 0 2
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If you have safe corridors and a PCR test both ways and QR codes why not. Wear a mask wash your hands/Gel. Stay safe If things change then you will have to go into isolation for 10 days on return. Now we are in total lockdown people won’t be able to go blooming anywhere so stop people coming in.
957
05/01/2021 17:36:27 0 2
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I got a good deal on my two weeks in Unicorn Land.
18
05/01/2021 14:21:56 82 27
bbc
Frankly, anyone who booked a holiday in middle of a pandemic with no end in sight (when they must have booked) is jusy plain daft and deserve to lose all their money. Nothing before Summer 2021 (at earliest - depends on where you're travelling to) would be remotely sensible to consider.
40
05/01/2021 14:27:30 78 16
bbc
Too many trying to travel just as soon as they can. Whether they should or not just doesn't seem to occur to them. Do people think the virus moves about on its own? I despair of such selfishness.
27
05/01/2021 14:23:13 11 15
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im suprised media has not blamed brexit
41
05/01/2021 14:28:03 10 9
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I am surprised "patriots" don't have better English spelling abilities.....
79
05/01/2021 14:33:11 0 3
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I'm not in the least bit surprised by that, I can't believe that you are really.
93
05/01/2021 14:36:10 2 1
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Or in your case, better grammar abilities.
7
05/01/2021 14:18:58 539 47
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Whilst I appreciate people's optimism, trying to book holidays while rates are going up seems plain daft.

We need to get out of the mentality of "what can I get away with?" and move towards "what can I do to help?". Alas, if we haven't seen that by now then I don't think we will.
42
05/01/2021 14:28:11 39 10
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best post on here. I note the negative thumbs down, however truth hurts.. totally in the lap of the gods if you have booked a holiday anywhere in the first 5 months of this year.. and your right. its the state of our country that people are in it for themselves no ifs no buts
304
05/01/2021 15:12:12 7 2
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Boris did say this time last year it would be over by October and then Christmas.. Hows the view from up there while you levitate above the rest of us..
By the way I see Covid lockdown lover Piers managed a quick getaway at Christmas and Captain Tom!
12
05/01/2021 14:20:33 79 21
bbc
If they are serious about getting infections down .... then maybe a ban on ADVERTISING travel would help.

It is very tempting for people to book "sunshine holidays" in the middle of the UK winter.

Then when they find taking the trip breaks restrictions OR losing their money ... what do they do ?

Personally I'm not bothered .. but to get cases down YOU MUST SHUT THE BORDER amongst other things.
43
05/01/2021 14:28:20 10 5
bbc
Too many trying to travel just as soon as they can. Whether they should or not just doesn't seem to occur to them. Do people think the virus moves about on its own? I despair of such selfishness.
44
05/01/2021 14:26:51 7 8
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UK airports all been open during lockdown ...fly out enjoy yourselves
87
05/01/2021 14:34:58 5 2
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Yep, especially private jets.
101
05/01/2021 14:38:18 4 1
bbc
... but don't hurry back.
139
05/01/2021 14:45:03 4 2
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But don't come back!
21
05/01/2021 14:22:57 90 33
bbc
Bookings normally open about a year in advance.
45
05/01/2021 14:26:52 1 47
bbc
Yeah ! You tell that remoaner !
268
05/01/2021 15:05:40 5 1
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you can't beat a sensible, well thought out reply...
06/01/2021 00:00:31 1 0
bbc
Is this an article on Brexit? Or are you just obsessed?
29
rob
05/01/2021 14:24:19 7 28
bbc
Am off to Turkey in september on ifs am 10000% going no matter what eaven if i drive there
46
05/01/2021 14:27:19 3 3
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i know someones on holiday in turkey right now
85
05/01/2021 14:34:55 4 2
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Lucky for them and, with a little luck for the rest of us, they will not be allowed back into the UK.!
34
05/01/2021 14:26:08 39 21
bbc
I find it frankly astonishing that people would even think of booking an overseas holiday in the midst of all this. Who goes on holiday in January anyway??
47
05/01/2021 14:28:30 29 10
bbc
I normally have two City breaks in January.
Prague and Rome are beautiful this time of year.
162
05/01/2021 14:48:25 1 4
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Lucky old you!
207
05/01/2021 14:55:05 4 7
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Shame on you. Bad habits. Polluting the planet for trivial 'breaks'. Your lifestyle attitudes and behaviours are of the types that spread the virus about the world. No travel over any border should be permitted ever again without full locked up secured 14 day quarantine as part of the ticket price. Many more diseases out there, covid is not a lone one off issue.
257
05/01/2021 15:02:47 0 1
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But not this year.
416
05/01/2021 15:24:50 1 4
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Stay away from Europe. Go to Skegness. Brexit
34
05/01/2021 14:26:08 39 21
bbc
I find it frankly astonishing that people would even think of booking an overseas holiday in the midst of all this. Who goes on holiday in January anyway??
48
05/01/2021 14:28:38 6 3
bbc
Well we go to Madeira for February and March each year 65c blue sky heated pool, Poncha, sea food dinners and great friends. However not this year.
151
me
05/01/2021 14:47:10 8 1
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65c would denature proteins
164
05/01/2021 14:48:52 1 3
bbc
My heart bleeds for you!
280
05/01/2021 15:07:44 1 2
bbc
Who really cares where you usually go!
677
05/01/2021 16:12:16 2 1
bbc
Shame.
27
05/01/2021 14:23:13 11 15
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im suprised media has not blamed brexit
49
05/01/2021 14:28:44 3 1
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They tried to early on, until Brexit became favourable to the whole situation.

Remember they were criticising the government for things like not joining the EU ventilator scheme or the vaccine scheme, then look what happened.

We got more ventilators, faster than EU countries did, and we've vaccinated more people in the UK in 1 week than every EU country combined has in 3. (Bloomberg tracker)
39
05/01/2021 14:27:01 220 13
bbc
I feel sorry for those who booked well before the advent of Covid but anyone who thought it was safe to plan a holiday after then was in unicorn land.
50
05/01/2021 14:28:50 56 102
bbc
Does anyone really book a holiday 11 months in advance?
67
05/01/2021 14:31:16 49 2
bbc
Yes. Many desirable destinations and hotels are fully booked a year in advance.
75
05/01/2021 14:32:40 32 2
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Yes.
122
05/01/2021 14:43:30 25 2
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Yes, we usually book our summer in Menorca around 14 months in advance, the villas book up quickly as they are popular. The flights go on sale around 11 months before
123
05/01/2021 14:43:32 20 4
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Yrs thousands do and save in the run up to said holiday depending on their job as well get a grip
138
05/01/2021 14:44:30 16 2
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Yes. Most of mine I book 12-15 months in advance. I have 2 booked for Dec 2021 that were moved from July 2020 and booked 12 months prior to that.
149
05/01/2021 14:46:59 11 2
bbc
Yes, they do. Many plan well in advance and didn't have a chance with the virus situation.
175
05/01/2021 14:50:25 9 3
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Yes, you usually get the best prices 11 months before the actual flight, and you have the pick of the best seats.
203
05/01/2021 14:54:35 12 2
bbc
Yes lots of people, when you have children and a jobs or own a business that have firm rotational patterns, you have no choice when you take holiday
240
05/01/2021 15:00:08 3 2
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Yes, often have to in order to get what you want. But foolish to book at the moment, even for 1 years time unless you can easily move the dates as there are still too many unknowns.
251
05/01/2021 15:01:49 3 2
bbc
Yes
259
05/01/2021 15:03:16 5 2
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Yes, loads of people including me. More choice, more savings but that said, anybody who booked a holiday since last March must be over-optimistic or a little bit simple.
260
05/01/2021 15:03:19 3 2
bbc
yep, booked over a year ago to celebrate 25th wedding anniversary
293
05/01/2021 15:05:24 1 5
bbc
Yes I have booked October 2022 to India
358
05/01/2021 15:10:51 0 5
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I find the best holidays are last minute ones, because you haven;t built up any expectations about them. Everything is a surprise, either pleasing good or amusingly rubbish, but each day is an adventure rather than planned.
361
05/01/2021 15:19:24 2 2
bbc
Yes me for one and a lot of options were already fully booked.
436
JD
05/01/2021 15:33:52 3 2
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Yes - for our 40th anniversary and we booked 13 months in advance of last May - so we have already been cancelled twice.
529
05/01/2021 15:49:13 2 2
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Yes some do!
535
05/01/2021 15:50:45 2 2
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Yes. When you want a specific destination and accommodation you have too. Also flights are cheaper.
541
05/01/2021 15:52:02 2 2
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Yes
616
05/01/2021 16:04:07 1 2
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Some of us have to as we are restricted when we can actually take time off, think about it lol
624
ANT
05/01/2021 16:06:11 2 2
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Yes. School holidays are fixed. Booking an annual ski trip with a reasonable choice of location, hotels and decent prices often means booking before the next one has happened. Xmas holidays provide time to search, discuss & book i.e. Feb 2021 holiday booked in Jan 2020 when COVID was still something in the Far East.
634
05/01/2021 16:06:54 0 2
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Don't forget that some people booked pre-covid and moved their holiday when they couldn't go. Some will have shifted it a year only to find its not enough, I'm in that very situation now. Will probably shift it to 2022. Its that or lose the £800 deposit
659
05/01/2021 16:08:10 0 2
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Yes - those of us who are retired tend to plan things further in advance - and why not?
706
Mog
05/01/2021 16:20:08 0 2
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Normally we book our holidays a year in advance. Now it's the new normal, we've booked our holiday for 2022. But we rarely buy package holidays so there are more arrangements to. make.
725
05/01/2021 16:22:37 0 2
bbc
Got one booked for November.
754
05/01/2021 16:28:40 0 2
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YES! I work in the travel industry and a lead time of 12 months is very common. I myself have a holiday booked (in Jan 2020) for July 2021. Fingers crossed.
779
05/01/2021 16:36:01 0 2
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Yep. My holiday for last May was cancelled. I rebooked for September 2021 to fit around my other commitments. Whether it will happen is another matter.
787
05/01/2021 16:38:18 0 2
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Yes, of course. Some cruises you need to book two or even three years in advance as they are so popular. I don't imagine we'll have that problem in future:)
819
05/01/2021 16:46:32 1 2
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Given all the replies ... don’t you look stupid.
856
Moz
05/01/2021 16:57:17 0 2
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Yes people who like to go on proper holidays not just a long weekend in Blackpool like all the Little Englanders with their knotted hankies on there head :-)
885
DD
05/01/2021 17:05:51 0 2
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Yes.
899
05/01/2021 17:11:22 0 2
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You were great in "Lifeboat" Tallulah, but booking trips a year in advance is not uncommon at all.
931
05/01/2021 17:23:47 0 2
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Yes! Sometimes more! Due to work commitments some of us could only have certain times of the year for holidays!
05/01/2021 17:47:19 0 2
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You’ll find most do to ensure time off work but mostly as it doesn’t have to be paid in one go.

Holiday firms can then charge extortionate prices hiding behind the ruse you can pay monthly
05/01/2021 18:08:36 0 2
bbc
Yes!
05/01/2021 18:37:32 0 2
bbc
Yes we book every year around January for a winter holiday around the 27th December, so a rather silly remark
05/01/2021 19:18:08 0 1
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Yes we had a family holiday booked for Christmas, which we booked November 2019. If you want school holidays, you can’t book the week before you want to go.
05/01/2021 19:26:52 0 1
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I booked my May 2020 holiday in Florida in July 19 to get the rental I wanted and flights, it was obviously cancelled & re booked to May 21, I assume it will end up being cancelled again & re booked to May 22. Holiday of a lifetime and yes I normally book holidays well in advance
05/01/2021 19:55:57 0 0
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I know of several people who do....... I wouldn’t but some do.
5
05/01/2021 14:17:41 22 19
bbc
No idea why people feel the need for a holiday in these trying times
51
05/01/2021 14:28:50 6 3
bbc
fools and there money are easily parted
542
05/01/2021 15:52:42 1 2
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Their*
52
05/01/2021 14:28:56 18 9
bbc
I know people who booked holidays early last year before all the lockdowns started. That’s not showing off, that’s living.
81
05/01/2021 14:33:19 6 6
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They are the only ones I feel sympathy for.
188
05/01/2021 14:51:55 0 3
bbc
Yes, I booked mine (in this country) well before the lockdown etc...and the holiday company moved it to this year but I doubt I'll even get to that one now! It's booked for April in Cornwall but the way things are going, I won't hold my breath!
22
05/01/2021 14:21:19 7 15
bbc
Will be booking for June or August : happily most HYS always unhappies will be staying behind...............................
53
05/01/2021 14:29:03 0 2
bbc
Good luck on that working out for you....
54
05/01/2021 14:29:16 286 28
bbc
Way to stop pandemic spreading.... Stop people from traveling overseas. Should have locked down country once WHO declared pandemic... No one in or out. Countries who have done this have faired much better. Simple really.
147
05/01/2021 14:46:47 51 83
bbc
What about people who have to bring in goods from abroad such as lorry drivers. Are you banning those as well?
217
05/01/2021 14:56:31 6 5
bbc
Exactly, if we had the virus would likely have died out by now.
230
ab
05/01/2021 14:59:03 15 11
bbc
The WHO specifically state in their pandemic plan that border closures are utterly pointless when a virus is endemic. We would have needed to close the borders in autumn 2019. If you called for it then, fair enough. Otherwise, stop peddling such a pointless idea. Oh, Japan, where they do what you suggest, has skyrocketing rates at the moment. Maybe they didn't do everything hard enough.
242
05/01/2021 15:00:29 8 14
bbc
and you would do what? and make sure your answer is not one that has already been considered by SAGE, Public health england, civil servants, CBI. Otherwise your just like starmer, you shout about the issues but have nothing concrete to add. In other words those that shout and have no solution are, in fact, part of the problem. Your gripe is Torys full stop, not the virus.. Try the truth
448
05/01/2021 15:37:05 9 3
bbc
Many countries have stopped uk citizens travelling

But again ignorance and the anti Johnny foreigner attitude is clear

Stopping travelling around uk will help stop the spread
502
05/01/2021 15:46:36 7 2
bbc
Australia and New Zealand are good examples.
594
05/01/2021 16:00:55 1 2
bbc
Pity the WHO didn't tell us until three months after the fact
846
05/01/2021 16:54:21 2 1
bbc
Agree, we should stop all overseas travel for at least a month apart from goods being imported and exported.
05/01/2021 17:51:03 1 2
bbc
Pandemic means a new disease in every country of the world. Doesn’t matter where you are. Pandemic becomes endemic. Look it up, means here and everywhere for ever
05/01/2021 17:53:21 2 2
bbc
"Countries who have done this have faired much better."

Too true; but those very same countries have generally also implemented much tougher quarantine rules, as well as more effective test and trace. Shutting the gates is unlikely to be sufficient on it's own, as any virus already present in the population (and there *will* be some) will still spread internally.
7
05/01/2021 14:18:58 539 47
bbc
Whilst I appreciate people's optimism, trying to book holidays while rates are going up seems plain daft.

We need to get out of the mentality of "what can I get away with?" and move towards "what can I do to help?". Alas, if we haven't seen that by now then I don't think we will.
55
05/01/2021 14:29:19 45 8
bbc
Well said. Too many trying to travel just as soon as they can. Whether they should or not just doesn't seem to occur to them. Do people think the virus moves about on its own? I despair of such selfishness.
35
05/01/2021 14:26:10 14 15
bbc
Perhaps there should be a clause in all bookings that state all cancellations due to Covid would trigger a 50% risk penalty to stop these selfish people from making bookings unnecessarily at a time when we re all being asked not to make any unnecessary travel. If every country had closed all their borders for 2 months back in March, we would be out of this pandemic now.
56
05/01/2021 14:29:22 5 8
bbc
Selfish, we were encoraged to book holidays to help with the economy Hindsight is a wonderful thing isnt it
152
05/01/2021 14:47:11 0 1
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Spelling Sharron, spelling!
57
05/01/2021 14:29:25 154 32
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fools and their money are easily parted.. Why would you even consider booking..
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D
05/01/2021 14:50:33 81 29
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Because they aren’t parted from their money. It’s being given back often with an incentive % if they accept a voucher. A punt on a bit of winter sun 6 months ago wasn’t crazy, it hasn’t worked out but that doesn’t matter.

Nothing ventured nothing gained.
231
05/01/2021 14:59:09 4 2
bbc
Looks like they're getting their money refunded, so probably just fools then.

Maybe not all of them though.
564
05/01/2021 15:56:05 2 9
bbc
Because people assume life will return back to normal when told by the government things will be normal by Christmas and their holiday is the following year and months away. People are booking up to a year in advance. Life needs to get back to normal, lets stop this lockdown nonsense now, most aren't doing it anyway, who are we kidding.
10
05/01/2021 14:19:55 121 25
bbc
Who in their right mind has booked a holiday abroad? As for Mr French’s assertion that people will be escaping to the beaches - sounds like a desperate attempt to drum up trade to me.
58
05/01/2021 14:29:46 8 16
bbc
I have and I am off. You lot can sit in your chairs in the conservatory and stare at the neighbours.
88
05/01/2021 14:35:18 12 6
bbc
Thanks for being so considerate of everyone else. Brilliant community spirit.
103
05/01/2021 14:39:15 11 6
bbc
Great. Weren't thinking of coming back were you?
233
05/01/2021 14:59:44 7 4
bbc
and there you go.. thats why this country is suffering, wherever you go have a look around, you might like it and decide to stay..
59
05/01/2021 14:30:05 2 4
bbc
is anybody there????
a tumbleweed has just gone past
60
05/01/2021 14:30:15 316 53
bbc
Holiday in a pandemic that is out of control, morons!
70
05/01/2021 14:31:40 117 28
bbc
Should leave them there.
134
me
05/01/2021 14:44:29 16 3
bbc
All their flights should be redirected to Wuhan
716
05/01/2021 16:21:42 3 2
bbc
Some bookings are rescheduled 2020 holidays booked in 2019...
717
05/01/2021 16:21:47 6 4
bbc
Disagree with you. Covid test before you go and isolation for ten days when you return so it’s not moronic if you follow the rules and are lucky enough not to have to return to work. We had a week in Fuerteventura and felt much safer there than here. Plus we had a week of sunshine to get away from this miserable weather.
840
05/01/2021 16:52:15 2 1
bbc
I suspect that these holidays might have been booked way in advance and the companies are being encouraged to declare cancellations rather than waiting for customers to not show up. Customers can claim refunds more easily if the company cancels rather than if they don’t go.
05/01/2021 17:50:06 0 3
bbc
Virus here, virus there, virus everywhere. What difference does it make where you are. You are no more likely to catch it on holiday than you are here in the UK the self confessed new variant generator
22
05/01/2021 14:21:19 7 15
bbc
Will be booking for June or August : happily most HYS always unhappies will be staying behind...............................
61
05/01/2021 14:30:18 2 3
bbc
I would stick to thinking about late August early September if I was you, as long as you have had your second vaccination 2 weeks before you will be fine.
Otherwise no-one is letting you in
14
05/01/2021 14:20:52 412 60
bbc
Who has been dumb enough to book a holiday at this point in time?
62
05/01/2021 14:30:19 225 59
bbc
The Karens and Waynes of the country....
125
me
05/01/2021 14:43:39 63 3
bbc
Don't forget the Chelsea's and the Ryan's

The very same people who wont wear masks because it covers up their plastic lips and designer beards

All that beauty should not go to waste
129
05/01/2021 14:44:09 60 2
bbc
Pretty sure it wasn't the Karen's and Wayne's who went skiing in Italy last year....
193
Ian
05/01/2021 14:53:10 51 14
bbc
those who 'must' have a holiday, the same 'sorts' that are at the back of all the problems with covid. Unable to follow simple rules, as they don't want their lives impacted.
578
05/01/2021 15:57:56 8 1
bbc
What about the log burning mums net Swiss skiing types who slithered through France infecting as they slithered. Back to your orangerie and urban slate coloured house in London.
750
05/01/2021 16:28:07 3 1
bbc
The Julians of the country....
880
05/01/2021 17:04:14 5 1
bbc
Plus Tarquin and Henrietta who went to Verbier only to do a moonlight flit when those beastly Swiss tried to confine them to their hotel room.
926
05/01/2021 17:22:23 0 2
bbc
You need a negative covid test to leave the country which you then need to provide when you land in whichever country, many then require you to have a further test a couple of days after landing, you can book holidays roughly 12 months in advance but the real issue is that our government are still debating if visitors coming into the UK require a negative covid test.
961
05/01/2021 17:37:55 2 2
bbc
I heard Karen and Wayne complaining when they could only bring in 20 fags as last year the could bring in 2000 then complained that that was not what they voted for
970
05/01/2021 17:37:59 1 1
bbc
More like the Julian's and Emily's
971
05/01/2021 17:41:16 1 1
bbc
loving the " Karen and Wayne"... are they chavs (I presume) .
05/01/2021 18:14:44 0 2
bbc
Snobbish, moi?
05/01/2021 18:15:18 0 2
bbc
Lucky your parents called you Julian then, or is it Jules. Such a good look, blaming people whose names make them sound working class.
19
05/01/2021 14:22:32 666 56
bbc
What is the point of this lockdown when they're STILL not going the full mile??

> Airports still open
> No mandatory tests for people entering the country
> No mandatory quarantine for people entering the country
> Nurseries, where no social distancing takes place and where the virus can spread between households via non-symptomatic toddlers, still open.

DO IT PROPERLY OR NOT AT ALL. Farcical.
Scientists are worried that the vaccine won't be effective against the new S African strain...too late once it's in the UK... Removed
200
05/01/2021 14:54:21 39 15
bbc
This is where an excellent track and trace system would help. I wonder if such a thing has been considered? Shouldn't cost more than a couple of billion. Needs good leadership, perhaps an ex sportsperson could run it.
309
05/01/2021 15:13:11 2 8
bbc
What evidence do you have for making such a statement?
312
05/01/2021 15:13:17 9 3
bbc
They are worried it may possibly be LESS effective, and if that's the case they need to tweak the vaccine which should take a couple of weeks. That's not great but nowhere near as bad as it could be, but not being as bad as it could be and only a small threat doesn't make as good a pannic headline does it??
328
05/01/2021 15:15:00 1 9
bbc
Flights were banned the day it became known and all travellers 5 weeks before were traced.
338
05/01/2021 15:16:20 1 4
bbc
Do show is a link for this outrageous claim
672
05/01/2021 16:11:11 5 1
bbc
No flights from South Africa to the UK currently. However, the UK should be asking for a negative covid test within 72hours such as many countries are asking of the UK...
64
05/01/2021 14:31:00 9 7
bbc
Does this mean we as a family cannot go to Disney Land in March. My children will be sooooooo upset, I just don’t know how to tell the we are stuck in the West Indies for the next 6 weeks. Well schools are closed.
65
05/01/2021 14:31:01 11 21
bbc
I hope all these airlines go bust, they knowingly spread this virus throughout the globe. They deserve to go down the tubes.
115
05/01/2021 14:41:51 6 2
bbc
I think you will find it is the irresponsible people not the airlines. There are plenty of restrictions in place but people ignore them. Taxis, trains and buses act in the same way and are not sanitised between people.
136
05/01/2021 14:44:47 2 2
bbc
Good for you but spare a thought for all the others who would lose their jobs or don’t you care about them
186
05/01/2021 14:51:25 1 3
bbc
Firstly, do you mean “airlines” based solely in the UK, or, in the world? Secondly, what about marine travel? Does travelling by sea negate the virus’s effect?
Third, how do you know that they “knowingly” spread the virus? Surely it’s the individual who spreads the virus and not the airlines per se. Please quote your source for this.
Finally, what a totally selfish attitude you have.
34
05/01/2021 14:26:08 39 21
bbc
I find it frankly astonishing that people would even think of booking an overseas holiday in the midst of all this. Who goes on holiday in January anyway??
66
05/01/2021 14:31:11 4 2
bbc
Obviously in some countries our winter is their summer so you could enjoy 'winter sun' (as the brochures would call it) and closer to the equator seasons don't tend to be as apparent... Also, skiing?
155
05/01/2021 14:47:41 8 1
bbc
Actually, being Australian, I am aware of that! It still doesn't explain why people thought it would be OK to fly long haul when the Covid numbers have been soaring for some time now.
50
05/01/2021 14:28:50 56 102
bbc
Does anyone really book a holiday 11 months in advance?
67
05/01/2021 14:31:16 49 2
bbc
Yes. Many desirable destinations and hotels are fully booked a year in advance.
83
05/01/2021 14:34:40 29 2
bbc
plus flights are often at their cheapest many months in advance
68
05/01/2021 14:31:20 9 22
bbc
Sit at home and stare at your neigbours. If a flight is going I am on it.
246
05/01/2021 15:01:14 4 3
bbc
Oneway i hope
303
05/01/2021 15:12:12 3 1
bbc
It's not my fault if you have ugly neighbours.
69
05/01/2021 14:31:38 7 6
bbc
Waiting to hear that the govt will use my tax money to refund any holidays impacted by their decision, as they did over Christmas plans.

All the while, my family belong to a group the govt has decided to sacrifice with no support since the start.
80
05/01/2021 14:33:12 10 4
bbc
And why have you been sacrificed exactly?
110
05/01/2021 14:40:15 2 1
bbc
Tax money paid out has been less than the companies paid back in for the last few years. If the companies go under then the future revenue is gone.
60
05/01/2021 14:30:15 316 53
bbc
Holiday in a pandemic that is out of control, morons!
70
05/01/2021 14:31:40 117 28
bbc
Should leave them there.
236
05/01/2021 14:59:57 9 10
bbc
Oh Yes please....Leave Borisland and all his numpty supporters behind !!!
633
05/01/2021 15:59:17 1 7
bbc
Happy to stay. Have a good time in merry England fun police.
671
05/01/2021 16:11:10 2 2
bbc
The trouble is that you can't just leave UK citizens anywhere in the world any more, at least not more than 3 months without making illegal migrants
71
05/01/2021 14:31:42 31 7
bbc
Too many trying to travel just as soon as they can, or as much as they think they can get away with. Whether they should or not just doesn't seem to occur to them. Do people think the virus moves about on its own? I despair of such selfishness.
199
05/01/2021 14:54:15 13 1
bbc
So do I. Selfish, stupid and irresponsible, as were the holiday companies for running the jab & go advertising campaign over Christmas.
272
05/01/2021 15:06:30 2 1
bbc
And it they catch it it'll be someone else's fault!
72
05/01/2021 14:31:45 77 4
bbc
You know that they will be able to travel back to the UK with no airport checks and be expected to go into the un policed quarantine restrictions and just do whatever they like merrily spreading assorts with no regard for anyone else in the joy of knowing that at least they had a good winter break....
850
05/01/2021 16:55:51 7 34
bbc
Good for them. They are not silly enough to believe that lockdowns work against cold viruses.
05/01/2021 19:22:25 0 1
bbc
Punctuation is free.
73
05/01/2021 14:31:48 68 5
bbc
I had to book as a voucher from a previous holiday deposit only (booked mid 2019, for summer 2020) is valid till mid 2021. I know it will probably be cancelled but it extends my voucher by 1 more year if it is cancelled.

I don't want to fully loose my money, nothing selfish about that.
112
05/01/2021 14:41:28 29 83
bbc
Shame you can't spell - hope you've booked for the right country!
132
05/01/2021 14:44:19 1 2
bbc
Then you should demand a refund under the consumer rights act.
05/01/2021 18:17:58 0 2
bbc
Me too, no cash refunds from Easyjet
74
05/01/2021 14:32:34 6 1
bbc
Refunds due 2022.....
50
05/01/2021 14:28:50 56 102
bbc
Does anyone really book a holiday 11 months in advance?
75
05/01/2021 14:32:40 32 2
bbc
Yes.
76
05/01/2021 14:32:52 3 34
bbc
I'm furious with the whole situation. I've just had my holiday cancelled. This is the second time it's happened in the last 10 months. I haven't been away now for a whole year. Disgusting.
90
05/01/2021 14:35:50 14 1
bbc
I take it you're pulling our legs...
91
05/01/2021 14:36:06 5 1
bbc
Too many trying to travel just as soon as they can. Whether they should or not just doesn't seem to occur to them. It's all "me me me". Do people think the virus moves about on its own? I despair of such selfishness.
92
MH
05/01/2021 14:36:09 10 1
bbc
You ok there princess?
This is a joke posting - right! Otherwise, what a selfish arrogant pig you are - it's people like you who are guilty of spreading the virus!!!! Removed
114
05/01/2021 14:41:48 3 1
bbc
You don't need to go away. If you miss a year so what? Take it from me you don't want to get locked d own abroad. I had an "extra"6 weeks in South America at the start of this. I was lucky being in a great place while many others were not.
120
05/01/2021 14:42:58 4 1
bbc
Nice one, shame others didn’t see the funny side
274
05/01/2021 15:06:51 2 1
bbc
My heart bleeds.
463
05/01/2021 15:40:53 2 1
bbc
Now that made me laugh!
77
05/01/2021 14:32:57 104 10
bbc
Bearing in mind most popular holiday destinations will be under strict Covid restrictions for some time yet, why would you even want to go, never mind the hassle of airports, etc at present? Yes, change of scene and all that, but why pay to suffer when you can do it free at home? And sleep in your own bed ...
96
05/01/2021 14:37:39 24 31
bbc
Some were booked before the outbreak, short of a cancellation by the company you wouldnt get any money back, so you might as well go.
97
05/01/2021 14:37:55 8 1
bbc
Agreed. We had an all inclusive booked last summer and whilst it was open we didn't want to be wearing a mask at lunch and restricted as to what to do and where to go. Rather cancel and do it when this is over.
177
05/01/2021 14:50:31 8 1
bbc
I agree - I can't see the point in going on holiday when you can't properly relax because of having to wear a mask, social distance etc. I'd rather wait until I can enjoy myself.
78
05/01/2021 14:33:06 11 3
bbc
I guess the South African variant flew in!
117
05/01/2021 14:41:17 6 1
bbc
Denmark variant drove in
41
05/01/2021 14:28:03 10 9
bbc
I am surprised "patriots" don't have better English spelling abilities.....
79
05/01/2021 14:33:11 0 3
bbc
I'm not in the least bit surprised by that, I can't believe that you are really.
69
05/01/2021 14:31:38 7 6
bbc
Waiting to hear that the govt will use my tax money to refund any holidays impacted by their decision, as they did over Christmas plans.

All the while, my family belong to a group the govt has decided to sacrifice with no support since the start.
80
05/01/2021 14:33:12 10 4
bbc
And why have you been sacrificed exactly?
108
05/01/2021 14:40:10 3 3
bbc
Couldn't think of a better description for "fall through the cracks". This implies accidental. The govt chose not to support a large number of people, which is not an accident.
52
05/01/2021 14:28:56 18 9
bbc
I know people who booked holidays early last year before all the lockdowns started. That’s not showing off, that’s living.
81
05/01/2021 14:33:19 6 6
bbc
They are the only ones I feel sympathy for.
34
05/01/2021 14:26:08 39 21
bbc
I find it frankly astonishing that people would even think of booking an overseas holiday in the midst of all this. Who goes on holiday in January anyway??
82
05/01/2021 14:33:25 10 4
bbc
I think you need to broaden your experience of life, Tallulah.
67
05/01/2021 14:31:16 49 2
bbc
Yes. Many desirable destinations and hotels are fully booked a year in advance.
83
05/01/2021 14:34:40 29 2
bbc
plus flights are often at their cheapest many months in advance
19
05/01/2021 14:22:32 666 56
bbc
What is the point of this lockdown when they're STILL not going the full mile??

> Airports still open
> No mandatory tests for people entering the country
> No mandatory quarantine for people entering the country
> Nurseries, where no social distancing takes place and where the virus can spread between households via non-symptomatic toddlers, still open.

DO IT PROPERLY OR NOT AT ALL. Farcical.
84
05/01/2021 14:34:52 81 7
bbc
A lockdown would be very effective if all the right measures were put in place and managed properly.

Combine it with mass testing, why are we still waiting for this?
Come down hard on the rule breakers and treat everyone equally, we're well aware certain groups of people are having a blind eye turned to them, and it's harming all of us for the sake of political correctness.

Do it properly.
284
05/01/2021 15:08:30 8 10
bbc
Certain groups ? do tell !
46
05/01/2021 14:27:19 3 3
bbc
i know someones on holiday in turkey right now
85
05/01/2021 14:34:55 4 2
bbc
Lucky for them and, with a little luck for the rest of us, they will not be allowed back into the UK.!
38
05/01/2021 14:26:57 10 2
bbc
Remind me when, in the last year, the virus looked pretty beaten?
86
05/01/2021 14:34:57 8 2
bbc
Anyone who thought the virus was beaten last year was not paying attention. May just be lucky for June though! Maybe...
44
05/01/2021 14:26:51 7 8
bbc
UK airports all been open during lockdown ...fly out enjoy yourselves
87
05/01/2021 14:34:58 5 2
bbc
Yep, especially private jets.
58
05/01/2021 14:29:46 8 16
bbc
I have and I am off. You lot can sit in your chairs in the conservatory and stare at the neighbours.
88
05/01/2021 14:35:18 12 6
bbc
Thanks for being so considerate of everyone else. Brilliant community spirit.
320
05/01/2021 15:13:43 7 7
bbc
Exactly what community spirit are you referring to? Seems this thread is full of moaners, whiners and bores. I'd be off like a shot for a few months on Friday if the bordes hadn't closed. Sat in the sun working rather than listening to the whiners on the TV, radio and generally everywhere.
89
05/01/2021 14:35:35 91 7
bbc
Those that have booked must be either politicians or footballers who seem to think that restrictions don't apply to them. So many nominations this year for the Darwin Awards.
131
05/01/2021 14:43:59 33 35
bbc
And teachers who want to go in Feb half-term!
174
me
05/01/2021 14:50:10 8 3
bbc
Private jet demand and usage is up, creating a lot more pollution than filling larger jets with the same number of passengers

The greed and selfishness of the individual has no limits
180
05/01/2021 14:50:53 5 1
bbc
The Darwin Awards are for removing yourself from this world due to stupidity. This is different, those going on holiday are more likely to remove others more vulnerable, not themselves, a totally different thing.
610
05/01/2021 15:55:21 3 4
bbc
Boris father went on holidays chilling in Greece
Jdg
05/01/2021 17:48:12 0 2
bbc
I thought Darwin awards only go to people who have died in ridiculous circumstances. I am not aware of any footballers who have died, nor any politicians in the UK.
05/01/2021 19:21:16 0 0
bbc
Not enough of the above have paid the ultimate price of qualifying for the Darwin Award. That would concentrate minds.
76
05/01/2021 14:32:52 3 34
bbc
I'm furious with the whole situation. I've just had my holiday cancelled. This is the second time it's happened in the last 10 months. I haven't been away now for a whole year. Disgusting.
90
05/01/2021 14:35:50 14 1
bbc
I take it you're pulling our legs...
76
05/01/2021 14:32:52 3 34
bbc
I'm furious with the whole situation. I've just had my holiday cancelled. This is the second time it's happened in the last 10 months. I haven't been away now for a whole year. Disgusting.
91
05/01/2021 14:36:06 5 1
bbc
Too many trying to travel just as soon as they can. Whether they should or not just doesn't seem to occur to them. It's all "me me me". Do people think the virus moves about on its own? I despair of such selfishness.
76
05/01/2021 14:32:52 3 34
bbc
I'm furious with the whole situation. I've just had my holiday cancelled. This is the second time it's happened in the last 10 months. I haven't been away now for a whole year. Disgusting.
92
MH
05/01/2021 14:36:09 10 1
bbc
You ok there princess?
41
05/01/2021 14:28:03 10 9
bbc
I am surprised "patriots" don't have better English spelling abilities.....
93
05/01/2021 14:36:10 2 1
bbc
Or in your case, better grammar abilities.
34
05/01/2021 14:26:08 39 21
bbc
I find it frankly astonishing that people would even think of booking an overseas holiday in the midst of all this. Who goes on holiday in January anyway??
94
05/01/2021 14:36:48 3 2
bbc
The days of people only going in our Summer have long gone. When you can go to a sunnier clime.
95
05/01/2021 14:37:31 3 4
bbc
The thing which seems unfair for customers is that you are only entitled to a refund if the airline cancels the flight. If the flight is still running with no passengers, you can only get a travel voucher. Travel vouchers are not ABTA protected so the best option is to re-book a trip for later this year as soon as possible.
212
05/01/2021 14:55:28 6 1
bbc
Don't be stupid enough to book. - if you do book you deserve to lose your money.
77
05/01/2021 14:32:57 104 10
bbc
Bearing in mind most popular holiday destinations will be under strict Covid restrictions for some time yet, why would you even want to go, never mind the hassle of airports, etc at present? Yes, change of scene and all that, but why pay to suffer when you can do it free at home? And sleep in your own bed ...
96
05/01/2021 14:37:39 24 31
bbc
Some were booked before the outbreak, short of a cancellation by the company you wouldnt get any money back, so you might as well go.
111
05/01/2021 14:40:49 1 4
bbc
Fair point.
261
05/01/2021 15:03:54 7 1
bbc
Might as well go.. Might as well. Might as well you may not catch anything, might as well have you got travel insurance, might as well watch loved ones behind a screen, might as well watch those loved ones die... yep might as well..
561
05/01/2021 15:55:37 2 2
bbc
Correct i always book mine in December for the next year because that's when i get my end of year bonuses. Did this on 23/12/2019 for last year 2020, rescheduled it twice for June then September last year. Now hoping it goes ahead July this year.
77
05/01/2021 14:32:57 104 10
bbc
Bearing in mind most popular holiday destinations will be under strict Covid restrictions for some time yet, why would you even want to go, never mind the hassle of airports, etc at present? Yes, change of scene and all that, but why pay to suffer when you can do it free at home? And sleep in your own bed ...
97
05/01/2021 14:37:55 8 1
bbc
Agreed. We had an all inclusive booked last summer and whilst it was open we didn't want to be wearing a mask at lunch and restricted as to what to do and where to go. Rather cancel and do it when this is over.
98
05/01/2021 14:37:56 22 6
bbc
Why on earth would someone want to book a holiday. People are just mentally unstable.
99
05/01/2021 14:38:01 42 6
bbc
The airlines should be grounded with the exception of cargo flights until this virus is under control!

How can it be acceptable to fly willy nilly in and out of the UK whilst we are under total lockdown?

That goes for professional football too!
100
Bob
05/01/2021 14:38:09 25 2
bbc
Perhaps the travel companies can see the writing on the wall. Wonder where the booking money has gone. Stand by for more industry collapses yet strangely NO funds to pay redundancies or pensions but plenty to pay administrators, liquidators and top bosses salaries.
107
05/01/2021 14:40:05 2 14
bbc
You should get out more Boaby.