Several UK-based travel companies have revealed that they have experienced a surge in the number of holiday bookings and enquires since the government announced their plans to slowly ease lockdown restrictions.

The influx in UK holidays bookings comes as a Boris Johnson unveiled that single households could enjoy an early spring break in certain self-contacted holiday accommodations, such as campsites and holiday rentals, as of April 12.

As a result, early season bookings from April 12 until May seem appear to have sky-rocketed, and availability for breaks in the summer holidays are slowly disappearing.

It goes without saying that Brits are desperate for a holiday. That’s why it is more important than ever that travellers protect their trips with adequate travel insurance and flexible cancellation terms on any getaways they book, as things could change between now and April 12 which prevent holidays from going ahead.

A staycation policy is a great way to protect your trip from any unfortunate mishaps that can happen during a UK break and have become increasing popular in the last few years as more people have opted for a Great British holiday.

Staycation policies should always be taken out the same day as you book your holiday as should anything unexpected happen before your departure date, your holiday will be protected.

Below are some key things to look out for in a staycation policy:

  • Cover for trip cancellation should you or a member of your travelling party catch Covid-19 prior to travel
  • Cover for any accidental damage to rental properties
  • Vehicle breakdown cover should something happen while travelling to your holiday destination
  • Curtailment, for example, should you catch Covid-19 and need to come home early
  • Cover for personal possessions
  • And lastly cover for medical repatriation costs

Staycation cover varies between insurers so it’s always worth reading the policy wordings to make sure you’re 100% happy with the cover included.

It’s also worth noting that, at the time of writing, there are no travel insurance policies available that will cover you for cancellation as a result of changes to government advice due to Covid-19. Therefore, it’s important that you make sure that any staycation you book has flexible cancellation terms.

For more information on the benefits of staycation cover and an insight into the different things it tends to include, click here.