52 Weekends away for 2022
It’s hard to plan next week, and don’t bother with your next vacation. But we can be encouraged in January. A year ago, the borders were closed and almost no one was vaccinated. This Christmas, despite additional testing and multiple cancellations, the travel continued. The epidemic seems endless. But we have come a long way.
With that in mind, we’ve given you some inspiration in the form of 52 Weekends Away—with a short vacation idea for every weekend of the year. Ireland’s newest five-star hotel, Slovenia’s Chocolate Village, “Houseparties” for solo travelers and wallet-friendly “Wanderlusts” are just the start.
What now? Airlines trimmed January schedules, but there was an increase in bookings after restrictions were eased in the UK, and the industry expects demand to rise – provided Omicron exits, of course. With fewer flights available and more flights rescheduled from 2020 and 2021, expect to see a sudden price hike over the Easter, summer and school holidays. As always, if you can travel off-peak or your timings are flexible, you’ll find the best deals.
Tenerife is on high alert
Ireland and the UK have relaxed travel testing restrictions, but don’t assume that’s the case elsewhere. Portugal still requires a negative pre-departure test from all arrivals, for example, while Austria requires a test from all non-certified travelers. Tenerife has also moved to the fourth alert level for the Canary Islands. You can still travel, of course, but the outdoor pools run at 33% capacity and the beaches at 50%, while bars and restaurants close at midnight – still a favorite for Ireland, you might say, but it’s best to check your specific destination before you travel. Reopen.europa.eu is the website for that.
Deals of the week
I arrived at the Intercontinental Dublin last Saturday. Hard work, I know (review in magazine next weekend). But taking a break from my four walls to sleep in a king-size bed and have someone else serve dinner was a happy reminder of how a luxury break can be revived. Hotels can serve food and drinks to residents after 8pm, and low demand means there are some good deals. Bed and breakfast at InterCon starts at €285, for example, while Kilkenny’s Lyrath Estate has a two-night package with one dinner starting at €410 and Mount Juliet has B&B from €149. In Co Wicklow, Druid’s Glen has bed and breakfast starting at €132. All prices are for two people sharing one room.
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– Safe trips, Paul