And at last they listened. To me, my English Canarian pal Mathew Hirtes and to the Tinerfinos and their cousins across the islands.
The Canaries are back on the UK exempt list, and I’m breaking out the Malmsey, the Canarian wine, much beloved by Shakespeare.
The Canaries, as I reported this week, have been returning rates of Covid infections way down on the UK.
And as Mathew has been telling us for months we’re safer over there than we would be here.
It’s also worth restating here how liberating this is for the Holiday Trinity that always infuses our sector… the holiday providers, the hosts and the holidaymaker.
And so without further ado…
Deal me in
Jet2.com and Jet2Holidays, the UK’s largest operator to the Canaries, are recommencing flights.
To Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, from Friday from Glasgow and Edinburgh, Belfast and six other UK airports.
TUI holidaymakers haven’t seen the Canaries for 89 days but are already carrying their clients to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
There must be a plane waiting for me. And happen that my Tinerfino walking guide Eva is waiting for me to take me to Afur.
With Canaria Ways, of course.
A quick walk around the Maldives
And again…. sarong, but oh, so right
It’s more ambling than walking on Kuramathi.
The holiday notes advise you wear flip-flops and you can walk around the Maldives island in just half an hour.
While if you run out of puff in the all-year round 30C heat you can pull up a lounger or have a dip in your own villa infinity pool.
All with a regulatory Strawberry Daiquiri, of course.
And again I know a man who is in Kuramathi right now… and another man in Ireland from Turkish Airlines who will get you there and look after your every need.
While in the UK you want Kuoni.
A trip around the Greek islands
And it’s a bit like the hokey-hokey with Greece.
Mykonos is in, but Crete, Lesbos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos is now out.
Which means you don’t have to self-isolate on your return from my own two faves, Corfu and Attica island Kythera.
And with Greece obviously, you never know where your odyssey will take you…
Bet you didn’t expect that: Copenhagen
And finally Denmark, the Little Mermaid et all.
I took my own Little Mermaid there on my cruise around the Norwegian fjords with MSC Cruises, and check out how their recovery is going.
As well as seeing the Little Mermaid, you need to get your photie taken with Hans Christian Andersen.
But sorry Leichtensteiners
No, me neither. I don’t know why tiny Leichtenstein has been removed from the exempt list.
Or if indeed it’s right to use the plural.
Well, this is what Leichtenstein has to offer. I’ll just have to get out there to find out for myself… when I’m allowed.
MEET YOU ON THE ROAD