Post-pandemic travel and holiday tips

Post-pandemic travel and holiday tips

Where can I travel to and what can I do? These are two of the most common questions we hear as everyone looks forward to a post-pandemic future.

Since lockdowns around the world, we have all realised how much holidays and travel contribute to our health and wellbeing, so holiday-planning is now high on the agenda for many of us. But as lockdown restrictions begin to ease in holiday destinations around the world, coronavirus can still not be forgotten altogether, so it’s worth spending a little time considering the options which can best address our holiday cravings, whilst keeping us safe.

Whether you are planning a short break or a longer holiday, it’s important to think about the best choices for you and your family to ensure that your long-awaited holiday fulfils all your hopes and expectations.

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Home or abroad?

After so much travel uncertainty, staying at home can feel like a hassle-free holiday option; at least you feel like you know the score in your own country. But what if you live in northern Europe and are craving some rare sunshine after months spent home and largely indoors?

Here in southern Spain, we are fortunate to enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. Even now, in early spring, the sun can already be hot and wonderfully invigorating. Our skies are generally blue and outdoor activity is a joy for all ages.

Malaga airport has been operating throughout recent months, so is fully up to speed with all required procedures. Many of the shops, cafes and restaurants in Departures are beginning to trade again and progress through the airport is quick and simple.

City or countryside?

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Andalucia has always had the benefit of great variety in its tourist offer. We have beaches, we have historic cities and, inland, we have wonderful, unspoiled countryside.

The area around Ronda is a rural delight, filled with dramatic mountains, cool forests, meandering rivers and extensive farmland. In springtime, our region is bursting with new life. There are vivid green fields, as far as the eye can see, and the verges alongside our walking and biking paths are filled with beautiful wildflowers.

Covid has made us all conscious of social distancing and we no longer feel so comfortable in busy, enclosed spaces (gathering-rules permitting). Here in the Serrania de Ronda it is never crowded and the abundant countryside which surrounds the town is the perfect place to unwind, explore and enjoy new experiences. Take a walk or jump on a bicycle – outdoor exercise is the perfect way to help you feel fitter, stronger, happier and less stressed.

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How much to spend?

The million-dollar question! Every traveller has their budget but we can certainly recommend our part of Spain as a relatively economical holiday destination. Prices in the inland towns and villages are particularly favourable and are a pleasant surprise to most international visitors. Even travellers who are used to prices on the Costa del Sol, just 45 minutes’ drive away, cannot believe the price of a beer or large plate of delicious local food up here!

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Staying safe while you are away

Wherever you decide to travel to, it is wise to check out the latest local government pandemic guidelines. This will clarify for you any restrictions on movement or activities when you get there.

It is also worth finding out what hygiene and operations rules exist for tourism businesses. These will provide a checklist for when you book accommodation, activities and any visits to attractions.

If you book a holiday or day trip with Hike + Bike the Sierras, you can be reassured that we follow all relevant safety protocols. We provide sanitiser in all our vehicles and kit is sanitised after every use. Masks are worn in the vehicles, during briefings and when walking in the town or close to other people but once we are out in the countryside we can maintain social distancing when walking and cycling, so masks do not need to be worn and you can enjoy our wonderful fresh mountain air.

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Our no-risk Covid guarantee – book with confidence

If your travel plans are disrupted by Covid restrictions which prevent you from travelling to Spain or from leaving your own country, at Hike and Bike the Sierras we offer a full rescheduling or refund policy. If you are travelling to us from other parts of Spain, any holiday or day trip which cannot be taken due to regional Covid travel restrictions is also fully refundable or can be rescheduled.

So now is the time to start planning that much-needed break.

The Serrania de Ronda is here to welcome you…

Enjoy travel once more!


Heather Cooper Hike + Bike

About Heather Cooper Hike + Bike

Heather Cooper lives in Ronda with her husband, Wayne. Together they run their business, Hike + Bike the Sierras, which arranges guided and self-guided day trips and holidays for mountain bikers, cyclists and hikers from around the world. Heather and Wayne have unequalled knowledge of the Serrania de Ronda’s tracks and trails and love nothing more than helping people to enjoy the region’s unspoiled countryside.