ChrisF wrote:One thing for sure, as soon as it is deemed possible (by any countries concerned) to travel in Europe again there will be a mad rush. Ferry and air tickets (and accomodation) will be like gold dust. Such a pent-up demand, at least from those who don't have financial worries and haven't been spending money during lockdowns.
Whenever I've been touring France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, I meet relatively few other cyclists. Another aspect I have no idea about is how "the majority" (non-cyclists) book their summer holidays. If they tend to chose dates well in advance maybe this year they'll book UK places so they've got something and will have more confidence about it actually happening (and without sudden new policy of "quarantine on return from overseas"). I tend to decide to head off one day and depart the next but I've no idea how many do their annual summer holiday on the spur of the moment.
Those who have kids and have to book holiday around term times tend to book up long in advance - but last year it seemed patchy.
Last year, toured Norfolk and Suffolk, found a great eco-farm with camping, wasn't hugely expensive (half the price of other sites we ended up at), but there were only 8 pitches on a huge field, with wildflowers and views for miles, campfires encouraged, a brick pizza oven available and there were only 2 pitches used, my group of 3 and a young family in August in scorching weather. At another site a field the same size had about 100 tents crammed in.
Luckily I have written permission to enter the EU in early summer for work with tests and a quarantine stay in a hotel near Schipol, but I'm not sure if tourists will get in any time soon. And to be honest, if I was paying for the 10 days in a hotel, I probably wouldn't be rushing.
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