Belgium in Brief: Assume The Worst?

Belgium in Brief: Assume The Worst?

Planning a holiday? It's certainly a complicated thing at the moment. Let's take Portugal, as it's the flavour of the week for travel discussions.

Portugal is open. Wait, is it?

Wait. There are new rules.

WAIT. There are new "new rules." Maybe.

Travel has not been easy for a long time, but the new iteration makes it almost impossible to plan. We're looking at a situation where something could be entirely possible when you book a trip, only to fall apart at the last minute due to rules with a pretty solid backing.

Going into summer, we should all be thinking about trips. Many of us are vaccinated or on the way. Places are open, life is returning to normal, and yet I'm just not convinced.

Hell, I've got a week off soon, and I'm doing a staycation because it just seems... easier?

If Belgium is considering implementing stricter measures for tourists returning from Portugal, what's to say similar things don't come into play between now and whatever trip you plan next?

It's a lot to take in, and a stressor for many. Have you planned ahead? Or are we back in staycation mode? Let @johnstonjules know.

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