Happier New Year to you all – let’s start planning now

IT’S that time of year when we prepare to ring out the old and ring in the new – and rarely before will we have been so pleased to see the back of an annus horribilis.

Covid has swept the globe, taking lives, stealing futures, separating families and stretching the world’s health services to near breaking point.

We have been cooped up in our own homes for most of the year, abandoning plans from weddings to traditional Christmas get-togethers. All of our lives have changed.

And we have seen our holiday dreams disappear as lockdown restrictions have brought so many travel plans to a halt.

We have watched as, one by one, high street stores have closed down and the travel and tourism industry has been stripped to the bone, even some of the big players battling for survival.

Against such a background, it might have seemed inappropriate to have just launched my fledgling travel blog, looking at destinations and attractions awe-inspiring, sometimes weird and all wonderful.

But I make no apology. Today, paulcoletravels.com is all of 12 weeks old but is growing nicely thanks to your support, assistance and advice.

I’ve had visits from close on 30 different countries, even from outposts such as Iceland, the Faroe Islands and the Bahamas, and welcome more each week.

So, as we approach 2021 with slender but bright rays of hope in the form of new vaccines, let’s hope for better times to come.

Times when we can reunite families, share time together and get back to, if not normal, then at least some semblance of it.

A new normal.

Let’s start making plans again for times when travel is permitted, when we can boldly go to seek out new holiday experiences.

I’ll continue to bring you news and reviews of eye-catching travel initiatives that are more than the run of the mill.

And one of my New Year resolutions will be to support the travel industry to get back off its knees and stand tall again.

I won’t wish you a Happy New Year, rather a Happier New Year. We’re not out of the woods yet – but surely better times lie ahead.

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