So, the worst has happened. Well, not quite the worst, but something pretty bad. You – or your partner, or your friend, or some other hapless soul in your soon-to-be-flying travel party – has been pinged by the NHS Covid app or Track and Trace, and your holiday plans are in 10 days’ worth of self-isolating ruins. What to do?
The answer, firstly, is not to panic. For all the inconvenience, the prospect of a relaxing holiday has not evaporated on a breeze of technological ill fortune. Even if you have to re-book your getaway – or begin afresh with a new package – there is still plenty of availability for the coming weeks. And even if you have to wait the best part of a fortnight to hop aboard a plane, a beach hotel can still be yours with minimal drama. The options below all involve green- or amber-listed destinations – but are a small sample of what is still feasible before the summer packs its bags for another year…
A far eastern fling in Crete
Amber-listed Greece is an easy possibility for a summer holiday – fully-jabbed British tourists can visit this glorious island nation of the Mediterranean without being tested on arrival. Better still, the largest of those islands is so big that availability is rarely an issue.
Do it: Simpson Travel (020 3944 2510; simpsontravel.com) can arrange a lightning dash to Villa Cleo, a one-bedroom hideaway with a swimming pool at the Muses Beach Villas complex – which sits in the village of Palekastro on the (very) quiet east coast of Crete. A seven-night holiday, flying from London Gatwick on August 17, costs from £1,621 per person.
Homage to Kefalonia
If Crete is the biggest island of the Greek Aegean, Kefalonia plays a similar role in the Ionian, basking in the summer sun on the likes of Myrtos Beach and Antisamos Beach. Again, size ensures that you can grab a holiday at short notice – even during mid-August.
Do it: A seven-night getaway to the five-star Regina Dell Acqua Resort (in the small town of Skala, at the south-east corner of the island), flying from Bristol on August 18, starts at £1,182 per person via Olympic Holidays (020 8492 6868; olympicholidays.com).