Tour operators, airlines and accommodation providers are already promoting holidays for 2022 — so is it a good idea to book one now?
Here are five reasons why this could be a smart move…
CANARIES WINTER SUN
EasyJet is selling holidays up until late March 2022. Seven nights at the three-star, adults-only Hotel Club Siroco on Lanzarote costs from £319pp next January. Pictured is Lanzarote’s Papagayo Beach
WHY BOOK NOW? EasyJet is selling holidays up until late March 2022, making it easy to plot an escape to warmer climes a year on. Prices are expected to increase once travel returns to normal.
THE DEAL: Seven nights at three-star, adults-only Hotel Club Siroco on Lanzarote, departing January 29, 2022, costs from £319pp including flights from Luton, transfers and breakfast (easyjet.com, 0330 365 5005).
WE SAY: EasyJet Holidays’ ‘Protection Promise’ includes a full refund if it has to cancel your holiday. You can also cancel or change your booking up to 28 days before departure with your deposit kept as a credit for future use.
The owner of The Greek Villas luxury rental company says that demand for 2022 is surging. Pictured is the stunning Greek island of Skiathos
WHY BOOK NOW? ‘Demand for 2022 is surging,’ says Vasilis Pandis, owner of The Greek Villas luxury rental company. ‘Travellers are realising availability is going to be problematic and want secluded properties on islands with an international airport.’
THE DEAL: On Skiathos, Moon is a classy seafront villa with a pool and garden that costs from £1,750 a night in June, 2022, for up to 12 guests. The price includes a chef and arrival transfer, flights extra (thegreekvillas.com, 0203 286 5400).
WE SAY: Don’t wait for price reductions — this is the time to bag the perfect property for your needs. Should problems arise due to Covid-19, Pandis promises that ‘under no circumstance will a guest suffer any loss’.
The current ski season is close to a wipe-out and next winter is ‘looking busier than ever’ says Nick Morgan from French chalet specialist Le Ski. Pictured is the French ski resort of Val d’Isère
WHY BOOK NOW? ‘Next winter is looking busier than ever,’ reports Nick Morgan, managing director of French chalet specialist Le Ski. With the current season close to wipe-out, snowsports-lovers will be desperate to get back on the slopes, so expect high demand a year from now.
THE DEAL: Sleeping 14, Chalet Le Bel Air in Val d’Isère is ideal for some New Year fun with friends — five nights departing January 4, 2022, costs from £938 per adult half-board, plus child discounts of up to 50 per cent, including charter flights from Gatwick, transfers and ski pass (leski.com, 01484 548 996).
WE SAY: This price is valid until July 31, 2021, but will most likely rise later in the year. The deposit is £200pp and Le Ski promise a full refund if your holiday is cancelled due to Covid-19.
BUCKET LIST TRIP
Titan Travel is offering a 22-day tour of South America in February 2022, which takes in classic sights in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Pictured is Machu Picchu in Peru
A BOON IN JUNE
There will be an extra day’s holiday in 2022 for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The May Bank Holiday moves to Thursday, June 2, creating a four-day weekend. Here’s three ways to make the best of this royal bonus.
SPANISH COOKING: Combine hiking and cookery in Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz, led by Scots chef Annie B. Five nights starting June 1, 2022, costs from £1,530pp including breakfast, activities and some meals (anniebspain.com, 00 34 620 560 649).
GREEK ESCAPE: Seven nights at Gennadi Grand Resort in Rhodes is from £720pp departing June 1, 2022, including flights from Stansted, transfers and breakfast. Price includes £200pp saving if booked by March 1, 2021 (jet2holidays.com, 0800 408 6264).
BARBADOS SUNSHINE: Seven nights at all-inclusive Sands Barbados is from £1,549pp departing May 31, 2022, including flights and transfers. £220pp saving if booked by February 28, 2021 (tropicalsky.co.uk, 01342 547 010).
WHY BOOK NOW? Ready for an epic journey? In these unsettled times it makes sense to book an escorted tour with an expert operator to take care of everything, especially on a big trip that visits multiple countries.
THE DEAL: A 22-day ‘Grand Tour of South America’ taking in the classic sights of Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil costs from £5,099pp departing February 16, 2022.
The price includes flights from Heathrow, breakfast, some meals and 16 excursions (titantravel.co.uk, 0800 988 5823).
WE SAY: Titan Travel’s ‘£49 Flexi-Deposit’ lets you change your tour or travel date up to 75 days before departure with no fee — provided you book by March 1, 2021.
If the company cancels the trip you’ll get a full cash refund in 14 days with ‘no questions and no credit notes, guaranteed’.
WHY BOOK NOW? Are you eager to get friends and family together again, perhaps to mark a milestone birthday or anniversary?
It’s never too early to start organising big events, and with most diaries still empty this is the time to pin everyone down.
THE DEAL: Seven nights at family-loving TUI Palm Garden beach resort in Manavgat, departing July 10, 2022, costs from £3,598 all-inclusive for two adults and two children sharing, including flights from Gatwick and transfers (tui.co.uk, 0203 451 2688).
WE SAY: This price includes one free child place and £231 discount for booking online, while available. For members of your party without children, such as grandparents, the price for two adults sharing is from £1,811pp. No deposit required if you set up a direct debit.