Nope. Still not talking about Covid, there's plenty on that below.
Today, we're discussing a topic close to the hearts of many: the festive journey.
With everything else going on in the world it might seem like a small thing to be concerned about, but that doesn't mean that it's not on people's minds.
2020 saw plenty of people practically trapped abroad, unable to visit loved ones at a time of year that – for many – is intrinsically linked to family and friends.
So what's happening in 2021? Things are difficult, expensive, disheartening even – but travel is possible.
The big question... where are you going this year?
Let @johnstonjules know.
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