Day: June 29, 2020

holiday bookings ‘explode’ as travel restrictions ease

UK holiday-makers will soon be able to travel to some countries without quarantining upon return. Photo: S O C I A L . C U T/Unsplash
UK holiday-makers will soon be able to travel to some countries without quarantining upon return. Photo: S O C I A L . C U T/Unsplash

Holiday companies have seen bookings “explode” as COVID-19 travel restrictions are set to be relaxed next week.

According to data and comments collated by the BBC from lastminute.com, tour operator TUI (TUI.L), and the Eurotunnel, bookings have surged since the UK government announced that Brits will be allowed to travel to certain European countries without having to spend two weeks in quarantine upon their return, from 6 July.

Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK and Ireland told the BBC, “we’ve already seen bookings increase by 50% this week, versus last [week], with holidays to Spain and Greece looking the most popular this summer.”

Lastminute.com reported an 80% increase on holiday sales compared to last week, attributed to Spain lifting the quarantine for Brits.

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Is it worth it to bundle flights and hotels? Here’s what to know as you start traveling again

The coronavirus pandemic caused an unprecedented need for consumers to cancel travel plans. Many travelers have encountered frustration changing arrangements, canceling trips and obtaining refunds.

Some consumers prefer to handle each part of their travel on a piecemeal basis.  But if you end up having to cancel or make changes, it can be a hassle to contact every hospitality company individually.

For other travelers, a vacation package tidies up the process and creates a single-point contact but their policies may be restrictive regarding cancellation and refunds.

We’ve consulted with travel experts who share the pros and cons of bundling arrangements for your next trip:

The argument for bundling

Cost can be lower: When flights and hotels are booked together, travelers can achieve better prices. “From purely a financial perspective, a bundled vacation package can help you to secure the best prices and keep costs down,” says Matt Woodley, founder of

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20 things from Best Buy that make aging in place easier
20 things from Best Buy that make aging in place easier

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I’ll admit, I didn’t hear the phrase “aging in place” until late last year when I coached a TED talk about the importance of it. The speaker I worked with is a geriatric and orthopedic trauma surgeon (I know, what a mouthful) who taught me about the obstacles people face within their own homes. She was concerned mainly about smoke alarms and grab bars, and her data was compelling. What stuck out with me most, though, is that we’re all susceptible to these dangers. If you fall and need to have surgery on your leg, your mobility is impacted.

The CDC describes the notion of “aging in place” as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely,

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