Spalding Co-op travel branch's top travel tips for 2020
January is prime time to snap up great holiday deals, and thanks to modern travel the world really is your oyster.
However, with so much choice on destinations, accommodation and excursions, researching different operators and deciphering the prices in brochures can take the fun out of it all.
Here’s some of the most popular travel trends for 2020 from branch manager Kate Foreman at Lincolnshire Co-op’s newly-refurbished Spalding travel branch.
Top trends for 2020
UK breaks are ever-more popular
There are many UK destinations to explore, including places you may not have ticked off your list yet. We’re also seeing more bookings for getaways to suit all the family, from cottages and lodges to holiday parks.
How about an escape to the magical Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire? It’s England’s oldest oak forest and is steeped in heritage and history.
Portsmouth is a good choice too. It’s got a vibrant nightlife, while children will love Henry VIII’s once-sunken warship the Mary Rose and Nelson’s HMS Victory.
Coach trips were popular in 2019 and this is expected to continue in 2020. They’re perfect if you’d like to sit back and let someone else do the driving, plus hotel stays and excursions are often part of the package.
Long-haul adventures on the horizon
It’s easy to put that dream holiday back for a year, and then another. Why not take the plunge in 2020? Long-haul adventures, from coasting across the USA in an iconic car to a barbecue in the Australian outback and scenic escorted tours of New Zealand are popular options.
Interest is expected to build in Japan - it hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and is home to the Olympic Games in 2020. It’s a place you can immerse yourself in. You could take a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, meet the famous hot spring-bathing monkeys in Yamanouchi, or make your own soba noodles in the shadow of Mount Fuji.
Walking on the wild side
Holidays that support animals and wildlife are increasingly popular. In Borneo, you can stay in nature lodges and visit orangutan care centres to see how injured and orphaned orangutans are rehabilitated.
There’s interest in more eco-friendly transport too, with train travel increasingly offered as an alternative to flights. A number of cruise lines have banned single use plastic from their ships, while one - Hurtigruten - has introduced the world’s first hybrid-powered cruise ships.
Breaks for young and old
Holidays to suit all generations of the family will be increasingly popular in 2020. Cruises offer exciting activities, from F1 simulators to splash zones and waterslides, and still retain a luxurious feel. Why not pop along to Lincolnshire Co-op’s Cruise and Escorted Tour Show on Sunday, January 12 at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, to discover more?
Relaxing resort locations like Bulgaria, with its mix of sandy beaches and culture, and villa holidays in Spain are great options too. Some tour operators will even let you stay for shorter durations rather than seven- or 14-day trips, to better fit in with family life.
Making sure your break is protected
If you’ve booked with Lincolnshire Co-op, your holiday has ATOL and ABTA bonding. This means you’ll be financially protected if things go wrong.
ATOL stands for Air Travel Organiser’s License – this covers tour operators selling packages with flights included. ABTA stands for Association of British Travel Agents and covers holidays without flights.
Holidays where you book travel, accommodation and excursions separately aren’t always covered by ATOL or ABTA so be sure to check when you book.
If you buy elements of your trip away in separate transactions but on the same website, you get a lower level of protection which saves you only if the site which sold you the holiday goes bust and not if your airline or hotel do.
If you’re unsure, just pop into your local Lincolnshire Co-op Travel branch. Plus, when you book a break between January 2 and February 1, departing between May 1 and October 31, you’ll get up to £150 spending money or money off your holiday.
Popular destinations in 2019 included Majorca for package holidays, cruises around the Norwegian Fjords, tailor-made trips to America and coach trips to Eastbourne.
Interesting and unusual destinations in 2019 included a whale watching trip to Canada, safari adventures in Africa and the chance to see pandas in China.
We have customers of all ages, from young couples and families to older family groups and retirees. People aged 50 and above tend to book holidays the most frequently.
May and September remain the most popular months to travel for our clients.
You can get in touch with the branch by calling 01775 760 454, or just pop in to see them at Hall Place in Spalding: www.lincolnshire.coop/branches/travel-branches/lincolnshire-co-operative-travel-spalding
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