Backpacking is a rite of passage for many. Covid could end it forever

(CNN) — Backpacking trips have been something of a rite of passage for young people for almost 70 years.

Whether you’re setting off around the world, or exploring a particular region, country, or city, taking off with a few belongings and moving from destination to destination remains a hugely attractive prospect for those searching for fun and adventure.

Sadly, the border restrictions implemented due to Covid-19 have left most backpackers unable to travel extensively, and many are itching to hit the road once again. But even when the world begins to reopen, they might struggle to find their place in
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TUI to cover costs if you catch coronavirus on holiday

Tui will cover the costs if holidaymakers catch Covid-19 on holiday - Getty
Tui will cover the costs if holidaymakers catch Covid-19 on holiday – Getty

TUI, which resumes operations today, has announced it will cover the costs for medical tests, extended hotel stays and flights home for British holidaymakers if they catch Covid-19 while on a package holiday.

The ‘Covid-19 Cover’ will be offered to every TUI customer until the end of the year.

The cover will include the cost of repatriation, if medically required by the holidaymaker, and if they must self-isolate TUI will cover the cost of an extended stay and the price of a new return flight home if

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Nicola Sturgeon announces list of 57 countries exempt from quarantine – and Spain isn’t on it

The Scottish government has announced its list of 57 countries exempt from mandatory two-week quarantine upon arrival into the country.

The list is nearly identical to the one issued by the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) concerning arrivals into England, but with two omissions: Spain and Serbia.

Previously, a “double lock” prevented nearly all international travel: the Foreign Office (FCO) advised against all non-essential travel abroad, invalidating travel insurance, and a mandatory 14-day quarantine period was imposed on all inbound arrivals to the UK.

From 10 July, the quarantine will be lifted for those travelling to Scotland from designated

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Quarantine-free U.S. travel corridors to Europe can serve as a model for the future

In mid-December, Delta began offering a trial-run of America’s first quarantine-free flights to Europe for qualified travelers. Heading from the airline’s Atlanta air hub to Rome and Amsterdam, the flights make it possible for essential visitors to test out of quarantining on their arrival if they acquire negative results before departure, at the airport upon departure and upon arrival in their destination.

“Customers on Covid-Tested flights will be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results before check-in and boarding, allowing you to travel abroad with confidence and avoid the need to quarantine when you arrive,” Delta says of the program

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