Later this week the Thai Government is expected to approve plans to open up to vaccinated travellers from 1 July. If you have a certificate showing you have received both doses of vaccine and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival in Thailand, then you will be allowed entry to Phuket without needing to quarantine. You will need to stay in Phuket for a week before you can travel elsewhere in Thailand but with sublime beaches, some seriously luxurious hotels and plenty to do, that shouldn’t be too much of a hardship. November through to April is the best time to travel to Phuket. Whilst it is warm in July and August it is also the monsoon season.
It is widely anticipated that one of the few countries to make it onto the UK Government’s Green List (no need to isolate or hotel quarantine on return) when it is published next week will be the United States. With a successful vaccination programme, airlines planning to fly many of their routes by the end of May to and within the US and discussions well under way between the US and UK governments, a holiday to the US is a real possibility this summer. Joe Biden has said he hopes to open borders by Independence Day. It’s a huge country with literally something for everyone holiday-wise. As a taster, here are some of our favourite trips:
- visit Monument Valley where you can hike, horseback ride or take a jeep tour to see the majestic sandstone formations
- view the iconic Grand Canyon where you might raft the Colorado river
- hike through Canyonlands and Arches national parks and see some spectacular sunrises and sunsets
- vist the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mesa verde known for its cliff dwellings builds into caves under outcropping cliffs
Coastal Georgia & South Carolina
Mix a historic city stay with time on the beach in South Carolina and Georgia. Stay in historic Savannah where you can see the beautiful mansions and bask in southern hospitality. Visit Charleston for its blossoming gardens and Spanish moss strewn ancient oaks where you can stand on the site of the first shot in the civil war. Spend a few days on some of the barrier islands off the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia for their beaches, cycle and hiking trails, golf, kayaking and seafood. Take your pick from Hilton Head, Jekyll, Kiawah and St Simons islands.
Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard
Another great city beach combination is Boston, Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. First, spend a few days in Boston absorbing its rich history and culture. It’s a city which is great to cycle around and has a number of walking trails to cover the sights including the Freedom Trail and the Black Heritage Trail. From there you can also visit Harvard and the JFK Presidential Library. Then move on for some time on the pristine unspoiled beaches of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Here you can visit historic harbours, go whale watching, cycle the cycle trails and dine on delicious seafood.