This one’s simple. Try and reserve accommodation through a travel firm or booking site that requires no or very low deposits – that way you’re almost certain to reduce your loss if you decide to cancel before the rest of the money is due. Also: make sure to check the T&Cs to check you don’t have to pay an additional fee to cancel.
The global rollout of the vaccine has given many of us hope that holidays will be possible again this summer. At least two of the approved shots have been proved to curb transmission of the virus, as well as reduce severe symptoms. That means that by late 2021, there should be little stopping destinations from welcoming travellers – even if you might need a vaccine passport to make it past the border.
So should you book a holiday abroad for this year? There’s plenty of evidence that popular destinations are already getting booked up for the second half of 2021, especially because prices are still relatively low.
But as we all know far too well, everything can change overnight. By the time your trip rolls around, there’s no way of predicting whether your destination will still allow you to enter – nor whether you’ll have to pay for expensive tests or quarantine on your return. There’s also still a risk you could fall ill with the virus just before your trip. And many of us also don’t know when we’ll get our vaccine, which may soon become a condition of entry to some destinations.
So if you do have to cancel your holiday, how can you make sure you won’t lose your money?
Well, one way to mitigate the risks from the start would be to consider a holiday closer to home. Travelling within your own country would help you avoid issues over border restrictions, changing travel advice, tests, quarantines and vaccine passports. And if you’re worried about whether it’s safe to fly, you’re more likely to be able to avoid plane trips if you stay on home turf.
But if you are rolling the dice on an overseas trip, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself from disruption such as ever-shifting travel rules, having to self-isolate, or your travel company refusing a refund – or even going bust.
Here are six top tips to consider before you book that big trip.