Our bargain summer holiday: TPG reader success story

Aug 30, 2020

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We’ve been asking to hear your travel success and mistake stories to both celebrate and help our TPG U.K. community — even if you’re not travelling right now.

This week, Sue contacted me to share how she had all but written off a summer holiday this year until she found an unexpectedly great deal:

“Our family likes to holiday on a nice beach somewhere in Europe each year during the August school holidays. This year, before the virus hit, I had booked us a trip to Portugal in August but we cancelled the trip shortly before we were due to travel because the U.K. government never put Portugal on the travel corridor list. [Portgual has been added to the list as of 22 August.] I read plenty of reports that it felt safer in Portugal than the U.K. with everyone wearing masks in public, but we were worried about travel insurance if we got sick.

We didn’t have much hope of actually booking any holiday in August after that with such little notice — it’s usually a very expensive time to travel even if you book in advance. I had no idea flights were actually cheap this summer until I read about it on The Points Guy. We checked the travel restrictions and decided on Greece instead. We managed to book our family of four last minute for under £300 return, which is an absolute bargain school holidays in my books — it was much cheaper than our Portugal flights I booked months ago!

We’ve just returned from Corfu and had a lovely time. It was some much-needed sunshine and relaxation after so many months stuck at home, especially for the kids to get out and run around on the beach. Things felt safe there (we wore our masks like everyone else) and I’m very glad we didn’t have to quarantine for 14 days when we returned to the U.K. No lining up for supermarkets in Greece!

This year has been a rollercoaster, but at least we could salvage something positive from it.”

Related: What is considered essential travel vs. non-essential travel during coronavirus restrictions?

While 2020 remains a constant navigation of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, it is still possible to enjoy a much-needed break this summer. Flights to many destinations are very cheap for this peak travel season, as airlines try and salvage some income after so many cancellations.

Just keep your eye on entry, travel and quarantine restrictions as these can change quickly and enjoy your time away!

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