So now that you can take a holiday, will you do so? And if you do, will it be home or away?
I have just returned from a week in sunny Brighton. My husband and I book the same beautiful apartment in Royal Crescent every year. We were the first guests to stay post lockdown. The apartment was spotlessly clean, and there were bottles of hand sanitiser everywhere!
Outside, it was stranger than usual!
Many shops and restaurants were still closed. The restaurants which were open, required a booking to be made. This was the same for the public houses. We knew this though, and so we made bookings in advance.
When we went to our favourite pub, the Thomas Kemp, we were asked to sanitise our hands on entry, and were then shown to our table. All food and drink was ordered via an app, and this was then bought to us. There was no going to the bar. I was more than happy with this! The tables were all set apart, and there was no opportunity to ‘bump’ into anyone. It was perfect!
This was the same in the restaurants too.
We were required to give our name and contact details each time with visited an establishment. This was for tracing purposes. I had no issue with this at all.
With regards to the wearing of the mask, this was for me to make a choice. I chose not to. I’m so very glad that I had options.
Our holiday was lovely, and I was glad to have gone. So ‘home’ for me was a great success. but what about ‘away’?
I have a friend who travelled to Spain last week. Here experiences were very different to mine.
Whilst at the airport, she was required to wear a mask. During the flight, she was required to wear a mask. When walking around the town, she was required to wear a mask.
As you can see, already a very different experience.
I know that she enjoyed most of her holiday, but it wasn’t how it would normally be. It was her choice to go, and I do understand why. Most of us like to get away, and for many, that involves foreign travel. I myself had a holiday to Cyprus booked for this September, but I took the decision to postpone until September next.
It’s all about choice. For me it was home, but for her it was away.
What will you choose?