Yesterday I broached the subject of possibly starting to think about perhaps considering some preliminary planning for our first return to Europe. My husband gave an enthusiastic “sure!”. Tentative plans, of course, and I know better than to book anything non-refundable. We have a 2-4-1 voucher for Avios tickets on British Airways, and the latest date we can travel outbound is Feb. 28, 2022. We originally used voucher this for one of our two 2020 trips, and when we canceled that, British Airways kindly extended the validity dates of our voucher.
Fortunately we got full refunds of our Avios and $$$ for the flights for our 2 trips, plus most train tickets and all but one hotel. The hotel in Naples gave us a credit for a future visit so we can use that for the next trip. Our apartment in Venice was fully and cheerfully refunded and we will be booking with the same company again.
Basically we would be doing the Chamonix-plus- Italy trip we had planned for last March, although I will probably tweak it a bit, maybe adding one or two places we have not yet been. My husband has devoted his covid-isolation time to fairly serious study of Italian, and Is ready to venture off the well-beaten path.
I will post in the Italy forum about that when I am ready to get more serious, but right now I am thinking about time we can spend in the UK on our way home. Since we always fly BA, and have to pass through Heathrow, we have always included some time in London and elsewhere at the end of our trip.
This time, in addition to London, we would like to get out of the city and do some walking. We have enjoyed HF Holidays for their 3-4 day holidays at their country houses, with guided walking, so I took a look at those locations. They have a country house in St. Ives that looks very appealing, especially the line in the program description that states that Cornwall enjoys more sunshine than anywhere else in England.
So would that be true in late March, at the very end of the month? I seem to recall reading elsewhere that Cornwall usually enjoys an earlier, warmer spring than the rest of the country. But maybe March is still too early, and very wet?
They also have options in Dorset (we have been there already), Exmoor, the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Dales and moors, Isle of Wight, the Lake District ( been there with them), Shropshire ( there too) and other places in England, as well as in Wales and Scotland, if any of those seem like better options weather-wise. But somehow I think they are not.
I am not asking for guarantees, just trends, and what is “usual” for the area out there so far to the west. Thanks for your thoughts.