A defiant couple have told how they will not let the coronavirus pandemic stop them from enjoying a summer holiday abroad this year.
Couple Matty Metheringham and Cheryl Skipworth, along with her 15 year-old-son, are flying to Lanzarote in August for a long awaited summer holiday.
Ahead of the summer scorcher, Mr Metheringham, 35, told Hull Live that he is looking forward to the holiday, and isn’t concerned if people judge his decision.
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The trio are set to enjoy a week of rest and relaxation at the Labranda Playa Club in Puerto Del Carmen, in the Canary Islands.
He said: “A full week of sun, 35-degree heat, sea and plenty to do.
“Do you get 35 degrees in England? No. Are you guaranteed a full week of sun? No. Enjoy the rain, I’ll enjoy the sun.”
Travel restrictions were lifted for many popular holiday destinations on July 4 by the Foreign Office, meaning holidaymakers do not have to quarantine when they return.
Now Mr Metheringham says the family are prepared for any eventualities after purchasing new travel insurance.
He said: “We have got a mask, hand gel and our insurance covers us for Covid.
“It covers us there and before we go away then we get the full amount of the holiday back so we not losing no money at all.”
The family rebooked the holiday after it was initially cancelled earlier this year, he added.
“It was booked and paid for last year. We are flying from Leeds Bradford Airport.
“It was cancelled but we re-booked as we want sun, sea and sand, and you don’t get that weather in England,” he said.
“I’m not worried at all. I don’t mind wearing a mask at the airport and during the flight.
“The planes are fitted with the best air filter systems. I’m excited to get away.”
After doing the maths, the family-of-three realised a holiday abroad was cheaper than one in the UK.
Mr Metheringham added: “For a family holiday [in the UK] it costs between £600 to nearly £1000, our holiday abroad cost £1200.
“If you stay in the UK and it rains, I’ve got kids, so you’re spending more money keeping the kids entertained.
“While aboard you got the guarantee of the sun, the beach and there is loads for the kids to do.”
Other families have told Hull Live that they are planning to jet abroad this summer.
Discussing the topic on Facebook, one key worker mum said her family-of-six were set to visit Greece in two weeks.
She said: “We booked and paid for it pre-Covid and unable to cancel without losing our money.
“I have thought long and hard. We are staying in a small, family run apartment complex in rural Crete, we stayed there last year also.
“We have a car hired throughout and will be self catering so able to keep ourselves to ourselves.
“I have been in email contact with the family and they are desperate for us to go as they fear they will not survive the season with no international tourism.
“I will protect my family whilst travelling to the best of my ability and do the same, for others also, whilst there.
“Both myself and my husband have worked non stop throughout and are ready for a break.”