Sun-starved Brits are booking ‘revenge holidays’ in reaction to Covid lockdowns
In the coming months major travel hubs in the UK including Gatwick, Heathrow and Birmingham airports are predicted to bounce back in terms of traveller numbers compared to last year.
Two years of lockdowns, strict Covid travel rules and social distancing forced the majority of people to stay on their own shores, but this summer looks to be a whole different prospect.
The EU and US have just shed face mask mandates on planes, while heaps of popular destinations like Turkey, Portugal and France have ditched the need to test before entry and the vaccines have sheered death rates in many holiday hotspots.
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In a bid to make up for lost time and missed experiences, many people are planning what have come to be known as ‘revenge holidays’.
The term is a broad one and can encompass everything from a large family reunion, major holiday abroad or a return trip to a beloved destination.
At its core revenge travellers are getting their own back on two years of pandemic, and a disease which robbed many people of their lives and many of us happy moments.
Revenge travel acts as a handy replacement term for ‘post-pandemic getaways’, which don’t quite make sense given that many countries still find themselves in the grips of serious waves.
The impulse is already having an impact on the UK holiday market.
Yesterday Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said holidaymakers could be hit with a “high single-digit per cent” rise this summer due to demand.
Last week TUI boss Fritz Joussen said there would be “practically no last-minute offers at low prices this summer” as holidaymakers flock to Europe en-masse.
Cheap holiday deals for 2022
There are already plenty of deals for summer 2022 to be had including hotspots such as Greece, Spain, France and more. Here we’ve rounded up some of the best ones:
- TUI has free kids’ places including the school holidays – book here.
- Loveholidays has all-inclusive packages from £165pp – book here.
- First Choice has free kids’ places for all-inclusive holidays – book here.
- Jet2holidays has various offers including infants going free – book here.
- Mirror Holidays has some dreamy escorted tours – book here.
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Those who have found themselves caught up in mammoth queues at Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol airports this year have already felt the impacts of revenge travelling in real life.
Deborah Campagnaro, who lives in British Columbia, is one person who is taking her first trip since the pandemic struck.
The Canadian retired from her high powered investment job during the pandemic and has been looking forward to celebrating the move with her husband ever since.
They are returning to a hiking spot they first visited in Nepal since years ago, having had to reschedule the trip several times due to coronavirus and weather difficulties.
Rhode Island resident Brittney Darcy is also about to head on a trip that had to be postponed because of coronavirus.
After cancelling a dream holiday to Paris in 2020, she has now upgraded the trip to include two weeks in France and Italy.
“I went on a cross-country trip during Covid, but it wasn’t enough and I’ve always wanted to go to Paris and Italy and I’ve never been,” she told CNN.
“We’re young and why not?”
Brittney used the money she saved up by not going away during the pandemic to upgrade the trip this time around.
“Covid has made me less frugal,” she continued. “We only live once, so I might as well spend my money on experiences.”
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