Belgium in Brief: Going Home! Going Home?

Belgium in Brief: Going Home! Going Home?
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Mid December marks the point when many begin wrapping up their work for the year and turn their attention towards trips (or not) as the festive period gets into full swing.

This one, however, has a special note to it. For many last year, celebrations were minimised or scrapped entirely. The general prognosis isn't exactly great for Christmas 2021 but it at least should be an improvement on 2020.

But with that possibility comes a bunch of fairly daunting hurdles – most notably the changes being made in light of the Omicron variant. International travel has never been a straightforward affair but there are now tests and quarantines to contend with.

As a country teeming with people from all corners of the world, quarantines in Belgium or when travelling abroad are a real stumbling block. Do you wait until the last minute before making travel plans (no doubt paying more after missing the cheaper deals)? Do you go early? Take a long break? Work from home? Or not go at all?

And in the midst of all of this is the ever-present fear that rules might change mid-trip.

So, what's your plan?

Let @johnstonjules know. 

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