August 2021 Newsletter
Green To Go
A bit later with this months’ newsletter. I was awaiting the latest changes to the traffic light system for travel, but it was disappointing to say the least. A few more countries on the ‘green’ list Including Canada, the borders will open 7th September but Thailand and Montenegro changed to ‘Red’
Not a lot in the news, the government have finally acted on trying to lower the cost of the Covid testing, but while it is a move in the right direction I am afraid it is too little too late, as most families will have had their summer holidays now.. I had been hoping that the US borders would open soon, but from what I have heard that wont happen until the New year now. With recent events resulting from the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, I think while the situation remains volatile, the borders will remain closed.
So for the time being I am not booking or promoting holidays abroad for departures until later in the year, but mainly concentrating on winter 21/22 and summer 22. Some of my business partners are taking bookings for 2023. UK breaks remain popular, but we have seen an increase in prices over recent weeks. I have been featuring different types of holidays on my FB page recently, and currently posting suggestions for summer 2022. Do you have a particular destination in mind for your next trip?? Do let me know, and I can see what ideas I can find. Although I usually quote a price on the posts, any prices relate to that specific departure date, and I post mainly to inform and offer suggestions, so if something catches your eye, but is not quite what you are looking for , do get in touch and I will see what I can find for you. Don’t forget I have access to 100’s of suppliers, and all are fully bonded.
I am trying to keep the newsletter positive and upbeat, but it is very difficult at the moment with all that is going on. But let’s get on to more positive things!!!
Let’s talk about weddings abroad!!. On 11th August I went up to London for the 1st actual face to face travel event. It was great getting back to normality; I can’t tell you how much I have missed meeting up with travel colleagues, and refreshing my travel knowledge. You never know it all in this industry!!! Anyway, it was a destination weddings event, which is becoming more and more popular as many people have had to cancel their weddings in the UK this year, as they did last year, so availability for venues here is getting very scarce. Do you know someone who has had to cancel their wedding?? Might I suggest they consider getting married abroad?? Many hotel groups, especially in the Caribbean, offer free weddings at their hotels – certain conditions apply, but if you combine the wedding with the honeymoon, the conditions are easily met. If you know of anyone who maybe looking for a honeymoon/wedding abroad, do give them my details.
Christmas Markets, many of which were cancelled last year, are now being planned, so fingers crossed they can go ahead, although I have heard of a couple in Germany that have been cancelled. I do have a couple of offers for two Christmas markets
First here is Leeds:
Leeds Chriskindlemarkt - Hotel & Rail Break
Visit one of the best German Christmas Markets in the UK in Leeds. Starting on the 6th November up to the 18th December. , the Christkindelmarkt offers an amazing range of festive stalls and authentic German food & drink alongside the traditional Christmas Carousel and other themed children’s rides.
Now in its 20th year, the annual festive event will feature a mix of traditionally decorated wooden chalet stalls selling seasonal gifts, and German Christmas Treats including gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, German beers and ales and much much more
Not to mention the amazing high street shopping in Leeds City Centre including the Famous Leeds Market, brand new Trinity Shopping Centre and Victoria Centre - this is the perfect break to get your festive juices flowing.
Stay 1 Night Bed and Breakfast at the 4* Hilton Leeds City with rail from..
Carlisle From £115pp
Darlington from £65pp
Liverpool from £73pp
Manchester from £67pp
Newcastle from £76pp
Prices based on 2 People Sharing a Twin room on a Bed and Breakfast Basis with rail on Friday 26th November. Other dates, durations and departure points are available, supplements will apply.
Edinburgh Xmas Markets Brand New Rail Inclusive Break
Stay 2 Nights Room Only at the 4* Novotel Edinburgh Centre with Rail from.
Prices Based on 2 People Sharing and arriving 15th November - Edinburgh Xmas Markets Run from 12 Nov - 5 Jan.
Other Dates and Hotels are available - Supplements may apply
If you haven’t already done so please do like my FB page (www.facebook.com/genietravelite), and subscribe to my Youtube channel Genie Travel, Independent Travel Experts where you will find videos of lovely places to visit. I have more to add as well.
I have four private FB groups, Genie Travel Awesome Holidays, Offers, tips and advice; Genie Travel Awesome Solo holidays ;Genie Travel Awesome wellbeing holidays. And Genie’s awesome Honeymoons and weddings abroad. Why not take a look?? Feel free to pass on my details to anyone you may know that are looking for a holiday. I would be happy to help.
Til Next time.