Travel trends Q&A with our expert, Katherine Scott

Are you dreaming of your next getaway? With the exciting update that travel restrictions have eased across the United Kingdom, we caught up with our manager – Katherine Scott – to talk all things travel trends and what the latest update means for UK travellers.

1. What do the recent changes really mean? 

On Friday 7th January, the need for pre-departure PCR tests and isolation to enter the United Kingdom from overseas were cancelled for fully vaccinated travellers.

The requirement to self-isolate on arrival until receiving a negative PCR test result was also removed. Instead, travellers can take a lateral flow test on day two and don’t need to isolate if the test is negative.

This means that as long as you are fully vaccinated, going away and getting back into the UK couldn’t be more simple. What you need to do before going on holiday is determined by the country you’re visiting, and our team are here to guide you through all the options to find the right option to you.

In essence, 2022 is set to be the year of the holiday! We’re already seeing a surge in bookings since the news and can’t wait to help make these dreams come true for our customers.

2. What are the benefits of booking with us?

According to ABTA, we’re 30 percent more likely to book with a travel professional now than before the pandemic. This is largely because we take care of everything on our clients’ behalf, ensuring their trip is fully protected and navigating any complexities of entry requirements and testing. Customers want to feel excited about their trip and by partnering with us, they’re able to do that.

But that’s not the only reason. Now more than ever, clients are seeking tailored advice on which destinations meet their needs and will be most viable for a seamless trip. The personal touch is also more valued, with insider recommendations to enhance their experience. It all goes hand in hand with wanting to make the most of their opportunity to travel.

3. Why are long-haul destinations proving popular?

Timing is everything and these destinations are generally in peak season from December to April. Given the recent update and many travellers having not been away since 2019, it’s been the perfect choice for those looking for a quick getaway.

Additionally, as confidence returned in 2021, we’ve seen more people booking a holiday with the wow factor. As a result, people are spending more on luxury upgrades, longer holidays, and more expensive destinations, all of which make long-haul destinations more popular than ever. Remote barefoot island experiences also feel very safe. By their exclusive nature, people aren’t in with the masses, which is why the Maldives has been a popular choice.

Having said that, the turn of the year has seen a real focus on people booking ahead for summer 2022, and this has particularly been the case since this week’s restrictions update. Destinations such as Greece, Portugal and Italy are all proving popular short-haul choices for those looking to make the most of their summer break!

4.How do we make our next holiday extra special?

The experience of a travel expert, providing personal recommendations and advice on the best places to visit, gives your holiday an instant upgrade. Our bespoke service partners clients with their own specialist to build the perfect plan.

We’re also seeing more clients looking to make meaningful memories, explaining the soaring popularity of bucket-list experiences. Slow, immersive travel is also on the up; according to gwi, 38 percent of people plan to take longer trips of 14 days or more to maximise the time away.

5.What can people expect from Ventur Luxury Travel in Harrogate?

The Harrogate store is designed to create a serene experience, giving a taste of the little luxuries to come. We believe this process should be almost as exciting as the trip itself and pride ourselves on bringing this to life for our clients.

Rated 5 star by our customers, Ventur’s bespoke service is central to everything, with decades of experience our team goes above and beyond to ensure every trip is seamless and magical.

Now is the perfect time to plan your 2022 trips and explore the world. To book an appointment with Ventur Luxury Travel, speak with an expert on 01423 872 516 or email enquiries@ventur.luxury

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