Bulletin – Reunion, Oman, Morocco plus Travel Traffic Light System

In case we needed a reminder of the reasons why we like to go abroad for our holidays, Mother Nature obliged on Monday.  On the day domestic holidays became possible in England, many parts of the UK woke up to unseasonal frosts, hail and even snow.  For those of you who yearn for the wall of heat as you leave the air-conditioned aircraft and the warmth as you turn your face to the sun, have a look at our suggestions for winter sun trips for later this year or spring 2022.  First an update on international travel.  
The Government’s Global Travel Taskforce published its report on Friday which received a huge amount of press coverage over the weekend.  So here’s a handy summary of what we know the traffic light system will look like and some points to note.  
Points to note:
  • The date for start of international travel is not yet decided (not before 17 May)
  • Allocation of countries to categories is expected at the start of May
  • There will be a Green watch list of countries which may move from Green to Amber
  • Each passenger will have to take a minimum of two Covid tests per single destination trip.  these tests have been criticised as being expensive, placing the cost of a holiday out of reach of many.  But the Government is looking at ways of bringing costs down.  
  • The tests in the table are for arrival back into the UK.  spending on your vaccination status and destination you may need to take additional tests for entry to your holiday destination.  

Reunion

October is still the dry season in tropical Reunion, a French overseas territory in the Indian Ocean.  It is an exotic island with a mountainous volcanic interior.  A holiday here can include as much or as little activity as you wish with stays in some gorgeous luxury boutique hotels with all the style and cuisine you would expect from the French.  A two-week self-drive tour can combine the active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, breathtaking scenery and picturesque mountain towns in the three Cirques, with a beach holiday where you can dive, surf, play golf, windsurf and paraglide. And for the walkers among you, there are some spectacular day and multi-day hikes.  Click here for more detail

Oman

Oman is one of my favourite countries.  Only a 7 hour flight away, it is pretty much a year round destination although best between September and May.  Reliable sunny weather, beautiful beaches, great marine life, stunning mountains, fascinating history, interesting culture, delicious food. And sand. Lots of sand. Fly to Muscat for a few nights to visit one of the world’s largest mosques, shop in the Muscat souk, relax on sandy beaches and snorkel on a day trip to the Daymaniyat islands. Then drive into the Jebel Akhdar mountains where you can do a number of day walks, visit the gardens where the roses for rosewater used in Middle Eastern cooking are grown and stay in luxurious hotels enjoying the views. Finally a night or two under the stars in Wahiba Sands desert. This trip is a great introduction to Oman but there are many many other places to visit. Click here to read more about Oman.  

Morocco

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit this diverse country, just 3.5 hours’ flying time from the UK.  With attractive fishing villages on the Atlantic coast, sweeping sand dunes in the Sahara, spectacular snow capped Atlas Mountains, bustling souks and medinas and rural berber villages clinging to mountain slopes, Morocco has something for everyone.  Combine a few nights in bustling Marrakech with a few days in the tranquil Atlas Mountains.  Or go on a grand tour of Morrocco visiting Casablanca, Tangier, Fez, Ouarzazate,  the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech, Essaouira and more.  With regular flights from the UK, a long weekend in Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains is also a possibility.  For more ideas click here.

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