101 Holiday ideas

There are two big issues in travel right now: safety and trust. Nobody wants to go on holiday if they don’t feel safe. But we also need to know which companies can be trusted with our money.
 
I have every confidence in the companies listed below. Quite simply, they will take care of you, your family – and your hard-earned money.
 
They aren’t advertising the cheapest holidays this summer, but this is not a time to make decisions on price alone. You want an experienced caring team of experts who’ve got your back at every stage, from booking to the journey home.
 
Scroll down to see my recommendations. You’ll even find a few tempting deals. And if you’d rather plan a staycation, see our new site showcasing the 101 Best UK Holidays After Lockdown.
 

 
– Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays
 

101 holiday ideas

Up to 40% off Abu Dhabi

The wealthy Emirate of Abu Dhabi looks good for a blast of desert heat later this year. Etihad Holidays already has some great deals including three nights at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr (pictured above) with flights from Heathrow or Manchester and free room upgrade from £549, for travel between October and April. There’s 40% off Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island, now from £759 all-inclusive. The deposit is just £50 pp with full payment due 30 days before travel.

 

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Hiking trips in the UK

Many of us long to go hiking in the great outdoors. Ramblers Holidays hopes to have its Lake District trips running by mid-July and says group walking tours in Ireland and on Scotland’s West Highland Way are selling well. It has early booking discounts of up to £100 on next summer’s holidays in the UK and abroad.
 

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Up to 45% off Maldives resorts

In the luxury holiday market, the most popular destination right now is the Maldives, the very epitome of splendid isolation. Many island resorts are offering up to 45% off their regular rates. Turquoise Holidays has seven nights B&B at Velassaru (pictured above) from £1,799 pp including flights and speedboat transfers (saving £475 pp) for travel in 2020 or 2021. If you book this month, your deposit is fully refundable.
 
At the top end of the luxury scale in the Maldives, the Inspiring Travel Company has seven nights half-board in a beach bungalow with private pool at Huvafen Fushi from £4,695 pp (saving £2,165 pp) including flights and speedboat transfers, for travel between January and April 2021. Book by 31 October 2020.

 

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20% off luxury villa in Corfu

For families and couples planning to travel abroad this summer, villa holidays are particularly appealing, particularly when you have your own private pool. CV Travel has a raft of special offers including 20% off Yialiskari House in Corfu on all 2020 dates. It has also selected the best villas for seclusion and multi-generation groups.

 

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Iceland opens for tourism

Further north, Iceland has re-opened for tourism and all international visitors will get a Covid-19 test at the airport on arrival. Discover the World is taking bookings from July with discounts of up to 30%. A seven-night self-drive tour Wonders of the South West costs £1,215 pp (saving £409 pp) including car hire and hotels but excluding flights. The company also has a new flexibility promise.

 

101 holiday ideas

Get ready for Scotland

Scotland tops many people’s travel wish lists right now. The specialist tour operator McKinlay Kidd recommends a 13-night self-drive tour along the North Coast 500, one of Europe’s most beautiful coastal roads. It is allowing one free date change. St Hilda Sea Adventures is taking bookings and deposits for its small-boat cruises around the Hebrides, for both 2021 and later in 2020.
 

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Gentle cycling in France

Inntravel – which specialises in “slow holidays” – says its self-guided cycling holidays in France and Northern Spain are getting a lot of interest, particularly as it’s possible to reach them by car or train. Its six-night La Rochelle, Island & Beaches trip offers gentle coastal cycling in Western France from £830 pp, available until 30 September 2020 and again from 10 April 2021.
 

 

101 holiday ideas

Free Asia flight upgrade

If Asia is calling, Wendy Wu Tours has a free one-way business class upgrade on 2021 tours to China and Japan, or you can save up to £500 off in its Earlybird Sale. Book by 30 June (and they’ll also throw in a free subscription to Netflix, Amazon Prime or Audible).

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Skiing via Eurotunnel

Skiers should consider Peak Retreats. It specialises in high-end self-catering accommodation and self-drive using Eurotunnel, both of which will now be increasingly popular. It has seven nights in the French village of Le Grand Bornand for £341 pp (was £372 pp) based on four sharing a two-bedroom apartment including Eurotunnel crossing with FlexiPlus upgrade. If you book by 30 June, you can cancel for free before 17 October.
 

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Club Med is ready

Club Med has introduced new safety measures at its all-inclusive resorts in the Mediterranean and the Alps, and is running a Thank You Summer promotion saving up to £620 per person if you book by 26 July for travel in summer and autumn. Children up to six stay free.
 

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And there’s more …

Boating rentals will be popular this year. Nicols has the best selection of trips across Europe and has up to 20% off summer 2020, and a 15% early booking discount on summer 2021.
 
Abercrombie & Kent has launched a range of luxury tailor-made tours of the UK including this gorgeous Best of British itinerary. The company has a new flexible booking policy.
 
Mahlatini, the Africa and Indian Ocean specialist, has a new Travel with Confidence policy with free cancellation, refundable deposits, 100% financial protection and Emergency Medical Care.
 
Virgin Limited Edition’s luxury retreat, Son Bunyola, in Mallorca will re-open to its first guests on 4 July.
 
Transindus, the Asia specialist, has introduced some of the most flexible terms across the industry. Its Covid Promise includes the option to postpone a holiday any time until September 2021, or switch to another destination altogether.
 
The South America experts Dehouche have put together new bespoke itineraries in Peru and Argentina with a focus on must-see destinations in remote, low-population regions, and new flexible booking terms.
 

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* Most companies quote prices from London airports, but often other departure airports are available. You can sometimes book without flights, and arrange your own. All packages including flights are ATOL protected. Ask the tour operator for details.
 
Know when you want to travel? Click on a month for my detailed tips: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.
 

101 holiday ideas

101 Holiday ideas

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