Covid and travel discussion

The Northern Baptist

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I'm in Barcelona right now and they take covid a lot more serious than us in the UK.
Out on the streets 90% of people are wearing masks and if you go to any restaurants you have to prove you are vaccinated before being allowed to sit down.
I have been told off by shopkeepers for not wearing my mask above my nose.
In the UK you would not think covid existed but on being here I have found that other countries take it deadly seriously.
Yeah, they are taking it that serious that they’ve just reported 50k more daily cases than the U.K. lol.
 

grunge

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Fine to book on the day I think.
Trains did go through a fairly long period of only selling a certain amount of tickets for every journey (social distancing and whatnot) but that is a thing of the past now.
Obviously advance tickets will likely be cheaper than on the day but you can just rock up, buy and board now.
(I dread to think what the walk up price is for Manchester - London without a railcard....)

thanks, I thought that must be the case but looking online purchase options seemed very limited. I think it’s gonna set me back about £120 off peak return which is pretty insane really. Only buying on the day as there was uncertainty in the plans so couldn’t guarantee dates.
 

feedthegoat27

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thanks, I thought that must be the case but looking online purchase options seemed very limited. I think it’s gonna set me back about £120 off peak return which is pretty insane really. Only buying on the day as there was uncertainty in the plans so couldn’t guarantee dates.

For the prices we have to pay (and annual increases without fail every damn year) you'd assume our trains and services were top class instead of the bag of shite they are.
Compared to Europe where travelling by train is often a pleasure and at a fraction of the costs in the UK.

If you can be arsed with the hassle you might be able to split the journey and save a few quid.
 

citydad

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thanks, I thought that must be the case but looking online purchase options seemed very limited. I think it’s gonna set me back about £120 off peak return which is pretty insane really. Only buying on the day as there was uncertainty in the plans so couldn’t guarantee dates.
Better to go online and try and split your journey, e.g. Book Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe and then Crewe to London, you should make a decent saving.
 

feedthegoat27

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Anyone been to Jordan?

It's a destination I've wanted to go to for years and although I'm not mad eager to do an escorted tour at my age (coming up 35 in a couple of months) I think it seems a good way to see the main sights for this particular country.
I also wanna do it whilst I'm still relatively young and fit and able bodied, as the general itineraries look quite intense.

Spotted a good deal for end of Feb next year without a solo supplement, probs gonna book it as land only through the tour op via work and then I'll sort my flights out independently later this year. Finishes at the Movenpick hotel and resort at the Dead Sea so will likely tag on an extra night or 2 there to chill out.

If anyone has any experience or pointers I'd be interested to hear them.
 

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Tui uk expect summer 2022 bookings to be back to pre-pandemic levels..tunnel light end..
 

feedthegoat27

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Tui uk expect summer 2022 bookings to be back to pre-pandemic levels..tunnel light end..

From a travel perspective it definitely does have an aura of a start to returning to pre-pandemic levels.
Coming out of winter, loads of the population vaccinated and boosted, the inbound rules being totally relaxed for fully jabbed travellers.

I think the threat of variants will hang over us forever more and just something we live with as a society, so that isn't really a concern as such.

Long haul travel to many destinations this year will remain problematic and in some cases impossible, but for those people who don't mind testing before travel then suddenly the world isn't so small; Caribbean, Dubai, America, Canada, Indian Ocean and Thailand are all (mostly) open and hopefully will stay that way.

Places like South East Asia, South America and Australia/New Zealand still have question marks hanging over them and realistically it could be 2023 before some of those are geared up to take tourists properly again without too many prohibitive measures.

If people just want an easy summer break somewhere in the Med this year, you won't go too far wrong with Spain, Greece, Croatia and Turkey. These countries will be desperate for us and I'd be amazed if there is anything more taxing than a form and proof of jab to get into them by this summer.

If you're unvaxxed by choice, then things will likely be difficult and I have zero sympathy.
 

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