Covid uncertainty means holiday bookings are a risk

Covid uncertainty means holiday bookings are a risk - 19 need-to-knows to cut costs and protect your pocket in the UK and abroad

The rules on holidaying are changing radically. Until this week, in England, only stays away in self-contained accommodation were allowed, but since Monday hotel stays and sleepovers at friends’ are back.

And it’s now no longer illegal to leave the country for a holiday, though in practice, for most that’ll need wait a month or two. So whether you’re hoping for fish and chips in Biarritz or moules-frites in Blackpool, here are our mammoth travel need-to-knows.

This article was first written by MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis for our weekly newsletter on Wednesday 12 May. It’s been updated by the MSE team on Tuesday 18 May with all the latest info. 

First… 11 tips for those dreaming of holidays ABROAD

Even after Monday, it’s still impractical for most to go abroad. Yet many are considering BOOKING now for late summer or autumn trips, or for further ahead. So let us run through what to consider.

The rules below were written based on those for England, though similar applies now in Scotland and Wales too. We await info for Northern Ireland.

PS: Also read our Cheap Car Hire | Cheap Airport Parking | 65+ Overseas Travel Tips.

Now… 8 more tips for UK holidays and day trips

Travel for those in England, Scotland, and Wales is back since Monday. In England, you’re allowed to go to hotels, and stay at friends’ homes (max six people, or more if it’s only two households in one home – see full UK nations’ travel rules).

So whether you plan a UK holiday or to stay at home and do days out, here are some tips for you: