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Revealed: Top holiday destinations Britons are booking for 2021 despite new lockdowns

Written by on 5 January 2021

With holidays cancelled and the chill of winter making our daily park walks ever less appealing, the idea of a sunny getaway is on the minds of many as the UK faces up to weeks of lockdown across all four nations.

New research reveals that exotic countries will reign supreme in 2021, with the global COVID-19 pandemic having resulted in ever-changing travel restrictions to usual hotspots.

The top destination where people are most keen on visiting this year is the Maldives, the study by travel company Club Med showed.

Travel agents believe people who have saved up over the course of multiple lockdowns may now have more disposable income, meaning a usually expensive trip to the Maldives is now on the cards.

Mexico and Thailand came in second and third on the list as holidaymakers seem to be looking to travel far and wide following the lack of flying freedom in 2020.

Mexico is high up on the list for 2021 destinations

For European travel, Britons are wanting to explore Turkey, Spain and Malta following a trend of people wanting to go to sunny spots over more prominent winter destinations.

Italy has recently been a popular choice, with Club Med booking data showing a 214% increase for Kamarina, Sicily, in September 2020 compared to the same time the previous year.

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Cefalu, also in Sicily, saw an even larger increase of 350%.

Top holiday destinations for 2021:

1. Maldives

2. Mexico

3. Thailand

4. Turkey

5. Spain

6. USA

7. Malta

8. Portugal

9. Mauritius

10. South Africa

Britons are looking to explore more of Turkey this year
Britons are looking to explore more of Turkey this year

Greece came out as the top destination in 2020 for people in the UK looking to get away after a long year of uncertainty and restrictions.

The country was one of the first to open back up to travellers after the first lockdown, and since then has been a popular spot for Britons.

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The nation’s search for an escape comes as the government enforced a new lockdown in England in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, while similar restrictions were also introduced in Scotland.

Wales and Northern Ireland were already under such measures.

While the government minister Michael Gove said it “should be able” to begin easing England’s lockdown in March, Prime Minister Boris Johnson informed the country that the “the weeks ahead will be the hardest yet”.

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And with that comes cancelled holidays. TUI, the UK’s biggest tour operator, has called off all getaways until the middle of February – meaning holidays are a no-go for the foreseeable future.

“As a result of the latest national lockdown measures announced on 4 January 2021, all TUI holidays will be cancelled in line with international travel restrictions,” the firm said.