None of us is going anywhere soon, but there is no harm in dreaming...
Here are 9, very different, reasons to give your dreams a bit of direction.
We are loving the World Travel and Tourism Council's campaign to inspire the global tourism industry. Watch the video here - it's a beauty.
2. What the experts say
The Turquoise Holiday Company won our Family Operator of the Year Award this year for the second year running. A family-run business, their Managing Director James Bell has posted an excellent blog as to why we should be booking a holiday while in Lockdown. Click here to read his point of view.
If you need inspiration, Turquoise have also just launched their new Islands & Beaches brochure. From the Cook Islands to California, Sri Lanka to South Africa, we are delighted it also includes the eco choice from our Spring magazine, Fanjove Island off the coast of Tanzania. If you want something dreamy to pore over, you can order a copy here.
3. Booking ahead
We left it too late to book the villa we wanted in Greece this summer so we are booking it for next. Something to look forward to.
Scott Williams have some of the best family villas around. Seagull House is a gem in Paxos that would be perfect for two or even three families sharing and has its own treehouse, tennis court and gym - not to mention a private beach!
4. Saying thank you
Beachcomber have some wonderful properties in Mauritius and they have introduced a 50% offer for all NHS and private health care workers to say thank you for putting themselves on the front line. Medical staff and their immediate family can take advantage of the discount on room and mealplan at select luxury Beachcomber hotels across Mauritius.
Bookable until end Sept, for travel until end May 2021. Click here for details.
5. Safari Magic
A safari might not be on the cards this year but that doesn’t mean that you can’t walk with the animals. Luxury safari hotel group andBeyond are working with wildlife broadcasting experts WildEarth to stream personalised game drives twice a day. Look out for the Big Five in real time with each drive lasting three hours. You can also watch gorillas in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and elephants in Tembe National Park.
6. These boots were made for walkin'
Powder Byrne have been running a series of inspirational blogs. This one, of their favourite hiking holidays, has been giving us itchy feet!
7. Closer to home
If we are going to be able to go anywhere sooner rather than later, surely it will be within the UK. Stuck in London, the thought of a field and wild flowers is a joy.
The Brick House from Oliver's Travels is in the middle of the New Forest, on the edge of the Beaulieu River and sleeps 8–12.
8. Guest Services
If you are lucky enough to stay at one of the Mandarin Oriental hotels, you get access to global health and fitness platform, Grokker. As a lockdown initiative, they are offering 60 day free access. There are no strings, it is simply a fab offer to a range of online exercise/mindfulness classes.
9. Lockdown Travels
a&u travel award panelist, Katja Gaskell, has been travelling the world with her (already very well-travelled) family during Lockdown. Check out her brilliant instagram feed @globetotting to see where they have visited each week. Their trips end up with dinner where they dress up and cook food from that destination.
By Emily Turner. Additional research by Katja Gaskell
29 April 2020