Where is the new travel hotspot?

HOLIDAYS to Spain have become less popular thanks to the quarantine restrictions applied in the UK for travellers on their return. So, where is the new travel hotspot?

Turkey, which is included on the travel corridor list, appears to have become a British favourite since holidays restarted.

The country appears to be benefiting from the fact that its coronavirus rates have remained relatively low and on the quarantine exemption list.

Turkey fell from favour with Brits after the terrorist attacks which made headlines in 2016.

Over the past week, between September 8 and September 15, 30 per cent of all package holiday price comparison searches for holidays, have been for Turkey, according to TravelSupermarket.

This is a huge leap of interest compared with eight per cent of searches this time last year.

Unsurprisingly, Greece had joined Turkey as a firm favourite among keen travellers, which unfortunately suffered at the hands of Cyclone Ianos on Friday, September, 18, leaving three people dead and numerous people still missing.

Italy came in third place with ten per cent of the share, compared with just six per cent at the same time last year.

According to TravelSupermarket, Turkey has gained popularity due to its climate and lack of restrictions on travellers entering the country.

A TravelSupermarket spokesperson said, “People are picking a country on the government’s ‘travel corridor list’ where coronavirus rates appear steady and haven’t significantly risen, where the plummeting lira means you get a huge amount for your money, where temperatures stay warm well into October and where there are no prohibitive restrictions on entering the country.”

Where is the new travel hotspot?

The most popular specific searches in the last week are in Turkey, but other countries feature on TravelSupermarket’s list:

  1. Resorts around Antalya region (Alanya, Lara, Belek, Kas, Kemer, Kalkan, Side, Beldibi etc.)
  2. Resorts out of Dalaman (Marmaris, Oludeniz, Icmeler, Fethiye, Turunc et.)
  3. Istanbul
  4. Corfu
  5. Rhodes
  6. Rome
  7. Cyprus (negative coronavirus test result required to be presented on arrival)
  8. Dubai (UK government is advising only essential travel there so travel insurance likely to be invalidated if you do travel there. Negative coronavirus test result required to be presented on arrival)
  9. Crete (on government’s quarantine list)
  10. Sicily

Seven-night stays in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus are all much cheaper compared to last year, which isn’t surprising as each country fights for tourism from the UK.

However, travellers are being warned to check entry requirements before they travel to certain countries.

The travel corridor list is also reviewed on a weekly basis, with countries being removed and added regularly.

If you are abroad when the country you are in is removed from the travel corridor list, you may need to self-isolate for 14 days on your return to the UK, depending on when you return, or as we have seen over the last few months, get yourself a last-minute flight back before the deadline comes into effect.

It’s a difficult time to travel right now and it seems it doesn’t matter where you go, staying home or going abroad, risks are present. We can only do what we can to protect ourselves as best we can.

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Charlie Loran

Manchester born mummy with a two year old diva (2020), living on the Costa del Sol for just short of a decade.
Former chef and restaurateur, holistic health fanatic and lover of long words.

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