The survey of 700 young British people shows that 85 per cent are ready to travel abroad this summer, with 88 per cent looking forward to the return of large outdoor events and festivals. But not all foreign travel has been given the green light and many countries that are popular destinations for young people are on the amber list.
The latest announcement from UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps puts Spain, Malta and Greece on the amber list, which means travellers will have to quarantine for 10 days, agree to a pre-departure test and a PCR Covid-19 test on day two and day eight and opt for another test on day five if they want to end quarantine early.
Younger people willing to do what it takes
However, this has not fazed the younger generation – 94 per cent said they would still book a holiday if they had to take a Covid-19 test on departure or on arrival at their destination.
Nathan Cable is the Founder of UK-based Party Hard Travel, which commissioned the report. He said the pandemic has been a whirlwind for the brand: “We’re pleased that there is now a green list for travel, and based on the data, we are hoping to see our destinations moving onto the green list. In the meantime though, our survey showed that our customers are willing to do what it takes to get back to travelling, whether that’s getting a Covid-19 test or getting vaccinated.”
Which destinations are top of young people’s list?
The top destinations that survey respondents would feel comfortable travelling to this summer were Ibiza, Zante, Ayia Napa, Kavos and Malia and ATOL (ATOL is the UK's financial protection scheme and protects a person when they book an ATOL protected holiday with an ATOL holder. It will provide support so that tourists are not at a financial loss or without assistance abroad if the ATOL holder ceases trading) and financial protection was very or somewhat important for 94 per cent of respondents.
These have always been popular destinations for the younger generation and in March last year we exposed the dangers of these excess party resorts as a new decree restricting the sale and promotion of alcohol came into force in Eastern Spain in a bid to battle booze tourism. The law was passed to combat alcohol excess in certain tourist areas, with the aim of forcing real change in the tourism model of these destinations.