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Covid uncertainty means holiday bookings are a risk - 19 need-to-knows to cut costs and protect your pocket in the UK and abroad

The rules on holidaying are changing radically. Domestic trips are now allowed across much of the UK, while some overseas holidays are also back on the agenda.

But while it's no longer illegal to leave the country for a holiday, for most that'll need wait a month or two in practice. So whether you're hoping for fish and chips in Biarritz or moules-frites in Blackpool, here are our mammoth travel need-to-knows.

This article was originally written by MoneySavingExpert (MSE) founder Martin Lewis for our weekly email on Wednesday 12 May. It's been updated by the MSE team on Tuesday 25 May to reflect a few, small fact changes. 

First... 11 tips for those dreaming of holidays ABROAD

While some restrictions on overseas holidays have been eased, it's still impractical for most to go abroad. Yet many are considering BOOKING now for late summer or autumn trips, or for further ahead. So below, we run through what to consider.

The info on the rules below were written based on those for England, though similar now applies in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales too. We've highlighted any differences throughout.

PS: Also read our Cheap Car Hire | Cheap Airport Parking | 65+ Overseas Travel Tips.

Now... 8 more tips for UK holidays and day trips

Travel is back across much of the UK. For example, in England, you're allowed to go to hotels, and stay at friends' homes (max six people, or more if it's only two households in one home - see full UK nations' travel rules).

So whether you plan a UK holiday or to stay at home and do days out, here are some tips for you:

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