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To Book Or Not To Book?

To book or not to book

To book or not to book, that is the question in this year of coronavirus, lockdowns and quarantine requirements.

A definitive answer is impossible, but here goes. In an ideal world the best advice would be to delay, especially for those who can be flexible about dates, however that runs the risk of missing out on desired destinations and dates as others, prepared to take more of a chance, get in first and availability dries up.

In the last few weeks I’ve resumed posting offers again, both my own and those of others I collaborate or network with.

In all cases, it’s best to keep taking account of the latest news regarding coronavirus risks and the possibility of new outbreaks. It’s also vital to take account of government measures to combat it, both in your own country and destination countries. That also includes regional variations within countries where specific zones, cities or districts have more stringent measures in force to combat localised outbreaks of the virus.

Many countries will also have variations in policy within them on account of having regional assemblies, state legislatures and local or state governors.

It’s also important to remember that the situation, although improving in some countries, is getting worse in others and that this is a changeable situation. Quarantine requirements could be in force at your destination or on your return from that destination, or at both ends. Medical documentation or testing requirements may also need to be complied with.

Terms and conditions will vary between operators too, there is no uniform policy across the board. Some will offer refunds for cancellation, others will not. Some may allow deferment if it proves impossible to go ahead with a booking, others will not.

You also need to be aware that advertised facilities which would normally be available, may not be open or might only be open on a restricted basis.

The financial turmoil arising from the impact that coronavirus has had on the travel industry must also be taken account of. Some businesses are sadly likely to go under or be severely cut back so government guarantees such as the UK’s ABTA and ATOL protections are more important than ever, so it’s vital to identify and confirm that too with your operator.

As ever then, it will be imperative to carefully check the terms and conditions before committing to any booking.


We Are Not A Festival 2020

We Are Not A Festival 2020

Dreaming of pitching up your tent in the woodland, heading off for morning yoga, walking through forests and dancing under shooting-star skies? Welcome to We Are Not A Festival 2020

We Are Not A Festival invites you to a four-day weekend of luxury camping in the stunning Sussex countryside from 6th to 10th August 2020.

Location: Pippingford Manor Park, Nutley, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3HW

A Woodland Cafe and campfire, art workshops, wild yoga and woodland illuminations create a festival spirit without the crowds. We Are Not A Festival has the moments we crave – green open space to run and play, or just sit and wonder, an opportunity to be creative or focus on wellbeing, all with good people and great food.

Enjoy much needed time with friends and family in the stunning flora and fauna of a Site of Special Scientific Interest. There’s direct access to the Ashdown Forest for day hikes, there are also plenty of great places to explore locally by foot and the south coast beaches are just a car ride away.


Being more than just a campsite, activities and entertainment are included within the price of your ticket. Explore the illuminations as the woodland comes to life, search for rare species on the Butterfly trails and enjoy watching for shooting stars with a local astronomer as your guide. There’s also a range of wellbeing and art workshops available to book, to complete your weekend experience. Why not give your wellbeing some focus by booking Lakeside Meditation and Wild Yoga or fulfil your creativity with an art class.


We Are Not A Festival

Guests can choose to bring their own tent or book a pre-erected Luxury Bell Tent. Portobello Tents is a luxury British glamping company that provides stylish canvas accommodation at festivals and events across the UK. Choose from Unfurnished, Bronze , Silver and Gold options all in luxurious 5m sandstone bell tents. With over 150 years of heritage, these tents are the classic choice for boutique camping. Gold and Silver luxury bell tents also come complete with their own private toilet

The Woodland Cafe – Feel free to self-cater or book-in and enjoy Picnic Lunches and a range of hearty evening meals, including a Saturday night treat with local Wood-Oven Pizza Amore.

Facilities – There are all the facilities needed for a camping weekend – toilets, showers and washing-up area. Keeping you Covid-Safe

● The site area is operating exclusively at just 10% of capacity, allowing for acres of much-needed space.
● Generous pitches are offered for each household, both in regular and luxury camping.
● The food is pre-ordered, meaning guests receive a time slot, allowing any queues to be spread out.
● Facilities have a deep-clean schedule and are colour-coded per camping area, to reduce the number
of guests using each facility.

This is a guest post by We Are Not A Festival.

Contact We Are Not A Festival 2020 for further information (Telephone Number 07749 265596)

We Are Not A Festival 2020


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