If you’re going stir crazy in Blighty, fear not ….

Photo shows: the heaven that is the Maldives (well, I've never been but it looks fab)

If you’re going stir crazy in Blighty, fear not… nine branches of  Co-operative Travel will reopen across the region re-open this December, following the end of the second national lockdown.

The travel consultants are ready  to help holidaymakers plan their breaks for 2021 and beyond, when the post-Christmas, peak holiday booking season begins. Many Brits had their 2020 holiday plans thwarted by Covid-19 and Co-operative Travel is seeing growing demand from customers for “dream holidays”.

The effects of the pandemic on the travel industry has also created opportunities for customers to snap up luxury holidays to the Caribbean, Mauritius, and the Maldives for record value prices.

The Co-operative Travel branches in Swindon (inside Co-operative Food, Newport St) will re-open on 28 December 2020. This follows the earlier re-opening of the branches in Cheltenham, Cinderford (inside Co-operative Food, Dockham Rd), and Lydney (33 Newerne St) on 7 December, and Gloucester (36 Eastgate St), which re-opened on 3 December.

Natalie Turner, Head of Branches for Co-operative Travel said: “Once Christmas is over, thoughts typically turn to holidays, and we’re delighted that all our branches across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset will be open by 28 December, to welcome customers safely, and help them plan their well-earned getaway.

“We’re already seeing an upturn in holiday bookings, particularly for departures from May 2021 onwards, which we’re attributing to the fantastic progress being made on the Covid-19 vaccine, the opening of further travel corridors to some of our favourite long-haul destinations, and the positive developments on the “test to release” quarantine system, all of which have boosted consumer confidence to travel.

“We’re seeing growing demand for holidays to long-haul “dream” destinations such as the Maldives and the Caribbean, and a desire for secluded, socially distanced luxury. Many of our customers missed out on their annual getaway in 2020 and, as a result, are eager to book something extra special for 2021.”