As the end of winter draws closer and England’s third national lockdown rumbles on, many of us are looking to the future and wondering what the summer might hold.
Questions remain on whether Brits will be able to go on holidays this year, with Boris Johnson due to lay out his roadmap of how measures will be eased later this month.
Lots of people are hoping that trips either in the UK or abroad could be a possibility over the summer, but financial guru Martin Lewis has struck a more cautious tone.
The Money Saving Expert has warned people to only book a holiday for this summer if they can afford to lose their money.
Setting out the rules on his ITV show Martin Lewis Money Show Live on Thursday night, he made it clear booking a holiday at the minute would be very risky.
He said you are currently not allowed to go on holiday in the UK – either traveling abroad or staying within the country.
Martin added: “You are allowed to book a holiday, the Government is just saying it doesn’t think you should do so.”
He added: “I could book a holiday for tomorrow, it would be if I went on that holiday that I’d be breaking the law.”
Speaking on Sky News yesterday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “I am Transport Secretary so I absolutely want people to be able to travel but it is a fact that right now it is illegal to leave your home to go on holiday.
“It is illegal to do that in the UK or around the world so I am afraid, at the moment, that is off the cards.”
He continued: “I don’t want to unnecessarily raise people’s hopes.
“The truth is we just don’t know how the vaccine will respond both to the vaccines and, of course, how people respond to social distancing and those kinds of measures and therefore exactly when we will be able to unlock.
“So I am afraid I am unable to give you a definitive will there or won’t there be the opportunity to take holidays this next year either at home or abroad.”
Martin Lewis added: “It’s up to you whether you book or not, but we don’t know what the future situation will be.
“I can’t tell you whether you’ll be able to get a refund on that holiday, insurance almost certainly won’t cover it, it depends on the travel company’s policy and I’d only book now if you can either lose the money or you’ve got some travel firm type of guarantee that you’ll get the money back.”
He added: “Legally you can book, they’re just saying you shouldn’t book.”