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UK holidays: October half-term boasts ‘big’ savings – costs slashed by up to 50 percent

HOLIDAY cottage rentals in popular locations across the UK have ramped up prices amid the ongoing demand for a summer break. According to experts from Which? though, those looking to save a sizeable amount of money should plan ahead for the next school holiday. Where can savings be found?

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UK holidays: Newcastle upon Tyne named Britain’s most popular picnic spot

Based on the number of searches, a new study has revealed the city that more outdoor enthusiasts choose to enjoy al fresco dining.

New data from Fulton Umbrellas has revealed Newcastle upon Tyne as the UK city with the most searches for picnics and outdoor activities.

The study explained that it is the city that enjoys the outdoors the most, as people in Newcastle searched for picnic-related terms 564 times for every 100,000 people.

That is 34 percent above the national average.

The North East city becomes the UK’s number one picnic hotspot with the highest number of people looking to enjoy time outdoors this summer.

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Some of the terms people searched the most before going to Newscastle are “picnic sites”, “disposable BBQs”, “parks near me”, and “picnic in the rain”.

Other cities that are most likely to pick up a tartan blanket and straw basket and take to the parks and gardens are Plymouth, Bristol, Stoke-on-Trent or Southampton.

Surprisingly, London was unveiled as the least enthused by picnics and outdoor activities.

For every 100,000 people, picnic-related terms were searched only 269 times.

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That is 36 percent below the national average.

As meeting outdoors has become one of the best ways to enjoy time with family and friends, especially during the warmer months, many cities have increased their appreciation for outdoor activities.

The data also revealed that Liverpool, Plymouth, Edinburgh, Bristol or Sheffield are some of the cities that experienced the biggest growing enthusiasm for picnics and fresco dining as they have experienced the biggest increase in searches over the last year.

Are you planning a staycation this summer? Join the debate in the comments section here

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European holidays in danger as France and Germany push for UK quarantine at EU meeting

Hope for future travel was sparked at the traffic light review on June 24, when the Secretary of State for transport Grant Shapps confirmed the green list would be expanding. Among the new additions were Spain’s Balearic Islands and Portugal’s Madeira. However, there are mounting concerns that European Union (EU) countries could agree on new quarantine rules specifically for UK arrivals.

Unvaccinated British arrivals entering any European country may be set to endure 14 days of quarantine.

However, the rule may not apply to those who have been double-jabbed.

It comes amid growing concerns over the spread of the Delta Variant.

The mutant strain was first discovered in India and is thought to be 60 percent more transmissible than the Alpha variant which was discovered in Kent, UK.

Delta now accounts for almost all UK cases.

Currently, EU states are free to impose their own restrictions on arrivals from abroad. Yet France and Germany are keen to overhaul this and create a bloc-wide agreement.

Currently, Malta, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands, and Iceland are on the UK’s green list.

Newly added Balearic Islands, including popular destinations Ibiza, Menorca and Majorca, are currently on the green watch list.

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Already, European nations which have made it onto the green lost are now implementing strict rules for UK arrivals.

Malta recently made the decision to implement 14 days of mandatory quarantine for Britons who have not taken up both doses of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, Portugal – including its archipelago Madeira – have imposed 14-day isolation for British tourists who can’t prove they have been fully vaccinated.

France’s President Macron has warned that the EU’s digital green pass for travel could be in danger if member nations do not adopt one cohesive rule for international arrivals.

Speaking on Thursday, Angela Merkel, said: “In our country, if you come from Great Britain, you have to go into quarantine – and that’s not the case in every European country, and that is what I would like to see.”

Some EU nations have already suggested they will not be imposing tighter restrictions on Britons.

This is particularly true for those who rely on British tourism to make up a sizeable chunk of income for their economy.

Greece’s prime minister Kyraikos Mitsotakis said the solution was to ramp up each nation’s own vaccine roll-out, rather than target the British market.

Speaking at a Summit meeting in Brussels, he said: “Regarding the Delta variant, in my intervention, I said that we should not adopt a logic of new restrictions but, on the contrary, accelerate the vaccinations.

“As I said yesterday, those who have been vaccinated are protected, those who have not been vaccinated are in danger.”

José Ramón Bauzà, former President of the Balearic Islands, also pushed for countries to focus on their own vaccination rates.

He said: “We know vaccination is working very well, and in the UK, it’s working so far.”

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Portugal holidays: Unvaccinated Britons slapped with 14 days of quarantine – FCDO warning

Portugal has imposed new quarantine restrictions on UK arrivals amid growing concerns over the spread of the Delta variant. Travellers from the UK who have not yet been fully vaccinated will be subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine when arriving in the country.

The new rule, which comes into force today, will see UK arrivals having to prove they have had two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

It is thought the quarantine requirement will remain in place until at least July 11.

According to the Portuguese authorities, the self-isolation period may be undertaken “at home or a place indicated by health authorities”.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updates its travel advice page for Britons warning of the new rule change.

READ MORE: Greece slams EU travel ban on Britons

So far, Madeira has not said it will impose a similar rule.

However, travellers jetting off to the country will still be expected to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.

The FCDO states: “With the exception of children up to, and including, the age of 12, all travellers to Madeira and Porto Santo must complete and submit a traveller questionnaire.

“If you are travelling with a child aged 12 or under, include their details in your questionnaire.”

Travellers must also “take a RT-PCR test 72 hours before travel and upload the test result to the traveller questionnaire.

“You may not need a RT-PCR test if you are able to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status.”

Those who arrive in Madeira without proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test “will have to take a test on arrival and remain in government-provided accommodation until the results are known.”

However, the testing requirement does not apply to those who can provide they have had both doses of the vaccine at least 15 days prior to travel.

“If you live in England, the authorities in Madeira and Porto Santo will accept your NHS COVID Pass as evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status,” explains the FCDO.

“If you live in Scotland or Wales, the authorities will accept your respective NHS certificate to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status.

“Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.”

Though mainland Portugal has not yet confirmed the form of evidence required for entry, it is likely the NHS COVID pass will be accepted.

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UK holidays: Mablethorpe named the cheapest spot for a beach hut break

Beach huts have become increasingly popular in recent years among holidaymakers who enjoy spending some relaxing time by the British seaside.

In the last years, they have become a popular option for many to spend a holiday by the sea.

The reason is they are very versatile; if the weather gets chilly, you can just stay indoors and still enjoy a day at the beach.

If the weather is glorious, you can keep the doors open and relish the amazing view while getting some sun.

But where can you find the best beach hut spot for your next staycation without spending a fortune?

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Comparison website money.co.uk created the Beach Hut Britain report, where it was revealed the most affordable beach hut rent for this summer is in Mablethorpe beach (Lincolnshire), with an average cost of £75 per week.

This is followed by Dawlish beach and Broadsands beach, in Devon, where the average beach hut costs £103 and £105 per week respectively.

According to the report, the most popular beach hut spots, based on searches, are Barry Island (South Wales), West Wittering (Chichester) and Sandbanks beach, in Dorset.

The most expensive beach huts rental was revealed in Wells beach, in Norfolk, with an average cost of £515 per week.

Herne Bay beach, in Kent, Mudeford Sandbank, in Bournemouth, and Tankerton beach, in Canterbury, were some of the most pricey spots with an average rental cost of £434 per week.

Top 10 searched beach hut spots:

Barry Island, South Wales

West Wittering, Chichester

Sandbanks beach, Dorset

Camber Sands beach, East Sussex

Hastings beach, East Sussex

Woolacombe Sands , North Devon

Bournemouth pier, Bournemouth

Boscombe beach, Bournemouth

Avon beach, Dorset

Southwold beach, East Suffolk

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Camping and caravan: UK's 'least crowded' destinations with some holidays from £60 a night

However, Mr Bassett has pointed out that camping in certain locations can still be affordable if Britons do their research.

“Camptoo still has availability in June, July and August and with prices starting from £60 per night,” said Mr Bassett.

While holiday cottages or glamping might be the “in” activity for the summer, he also points to alternative options which could reduce costs and allow more freedom.

“Why not try renting a campervan or motorhome for your staycation?” Mr Bassett continued.

“The benefits are that you can enjoy our incredible, diverse country at your own pace whilst remaining within your household bubble.

“Most motorhomes and caravans are also self-contained, which is ideal for self-catering and lessens the need for shared facilities.”

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UK holidays: Haven extends park openings until November – deals as low as £61

Though the family caravan staycation provider usually closes its parks at the end of October half term, this year it is set to remain open for an extra two weeks at select locations.

This includes the likes of Dorset and Devon which have both been sought after holiday hotspots this year.

The 11 parks remaining open until November 15 include Berwick, Caister-on-Sea, Combe Haven, Devon Cliffs, Golden Sands, Hafan y More, Kiln Park, Marton Mere, Primrose Valley, Seton Sands and Weymouth Bay.

Though demand has seen holiday prices at various accommodation across the UK surge, the good news is Haven’s extended opening dates also bring with them some impressive deals.

READ MORE: Green list expanding ‘soon’ but what countries will be on green list?

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Spain holidays: 'Immense void' without Britons – Majorca hotels 'paralysed' by amber list

Spain’s Balearic Islands have faced devastation as a result of the UK’s travel restrictions, with the nation currently off-limits to leisure travellers. According to local officials, hundreds of hotels in Majorca have made the decision to further suspend reopening until Britons are welcomed back.

Typically, before the COVID-19 pandemic took its hold, around 2.3 million Britons visit Majorca every year.

This figure makes up around 26 percent of the destination’s total tourist traffic according to ABC Mallorca.

However, amid ongoing global restrictions, this figure has plummeted.

As a result, hoteliers in the region say there is an “immense void” that has been created by the lack of British visitors.

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The Mallorca Hotel Federation (FEHM) are insisting the destination is safe and all coronavirus rules will be followed to keep it that way.

Around 524 hotels associated with FEHM are now open, almost three times more than just two months ago.

Although the arrival of British tourists is “the great unknown” this season, tourism from other parts of Europe is beginning to pick up as nation’s ease their own restrictions.

Currently, the Balearics are having to rely on tourism from the mainland of Spain, as well as the Netherlands and Denmark.

The region is also looking to its main German market, which usually makes up 40 percent of its tourism.

The British market is the second most important for the islands, following German tourists and until Britons are allowed to travel without going into quarantine on their return, the rest of the hotels say they won’t open.

Hoteliers hope the implementation of the COVID passport on July 1 will boost the recovery of the tourism industry.

María José Aguiló stressed: “It is necessary to continue complying with the rules to avoid reversing the positive situation. We cannot afford it.”

Hotel leaders say they want Majorca to be regarded as a “reference destination” for Covid safety.

As of June 21, 25.5 percent of those in the Balearic Islands are fully vaccinated.

Over the previous seven days cumulative, there have been 19 new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 of the population.

By comparison, as of June 15, in the UK this figure sits at 85.1.

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.

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Spain holidays: Country to drop requirement for face masks outside from next week

This would put the next review on Thursday, June 24, however, nothing has been confirmed as yet.

While mainland Spain is less likely to make the green list, its islands are in with a chance thanks to low infection rates.

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands include top holiday spots like Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife.

The islands have a Covid rate of 38.4, with 47.8 percent of the population having received a first dose of the vaccine.

With sprawling beaches, bustling nightlife and rustic towns, it could be a return to the Canary Islands is on the cards soon.

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Canary Islands prices plunge with holidays reaching record lows – where to stay for £180

Due to the current travel restrictions in the UK, the price of holidays and flights have dropped dramatically. Holidays in Gran Canaria, in Spain, have reported a fall of 25 percent and Tenerife is now 23 percent cheaper than last year.

After Portugal was moved back to the amber list, holiday prices in the country dropped by 64 percent.

At the moment, holidaymakers can go to Portugal for as little as £180 per person, according to the comparison website TravelSupermarket.

Travellers will spend the price difference in PCR test both to go there and to come back, as at least three Covid-19 tests are required when coming back from an amber list country.

Currently, travel agencies in the UK are also selling holidays to the Canary Islands for only £180.

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Gran Canaria is now 25 percent cheaper than last year and Tenerife 23 pecent. In Lanzarote prices have dropped 15 percent and in the small islands of Fuerteventura 12 percent.

But where to go in the Canary Islands?

Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands.

The island will offer an incredibly varied landscape, beautiful beaches and El Teide, the highest mountain in Spain.

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is where travellers will find the most beautiful beaches.

Get lost in the 150 kilometers of coastline around the island, which is also a UNESCO biosphere reserve due to the unique combination of beaches and volcanic landscape.

Lanzarote

The island was also declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Due to its mild climate, excellent wine is grown in the barren volcanic landscape.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria has the perfect mix of sandy beaches and volcanic landscape.

In addition to the volcanic craters and reservoirs, Gran Canaria also has a very green side with amazing inland forests.

But what are Europe’s cheapest holiday destinations right now?

Holidaymakers can book flights and a four star hotel in Mallorca for a little as £187 per person.

A holiday in Crete, staying in a four star hotel for five nights would be only £219 – including a direct flight from London.

The Amalfi coast in Italy is now accessible to everyone. Flights and a four star hotel in June would cost £256 only.

Travellers can also stay seven nights in a three star hotel in Corfu, for only £212 – with direct flights from London included.

Are you travelling abroad this summer? Join the debate in the comments section here

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