After a truly disastrous year for the travel industry, the outlook for 2021 appears just as bleak. Not only are Britons back under house arrest, with all holidays banned until at least the spring, but harsh new restrictions await post-lockdown travellers. From this week, all arrivals to the UK must present evidence of a negative Covid test – and quarantine for up to 10 days. Unless the restrictions are relaxed, millions of Britons – such as those unable to work from home – will simply be unable to leave the country. Furthermore, we don’t even know which nations will be welcoming us. As things stand, only a clutch of Caribbean islands, and a few other long-haul countries, are open to British travellers. Nowhere in Europe is a feasible holiday option. Yet Jonny Bealby, founder of adventure travel specialist Wild Frontiers, is feeling cautiously optimistic – and believes there’s a clear path back to normal. “Vaccine passports offer the best way out of this mess,” he says. “As the first country to roll out the vaccine, the UK Government should also be spearheading an international campaign to establish a worldwide vaccine passport.” The idea will have its critics, and some fear the concept will open the door to coercion and discrimination, but Bealby believes it shouldn’t preclude those who haven’t had the jab from travel altogether. “Those who have been vaccinated could travel more freely between countries that accept it, but obviously you’d need a secondary option for those who haven’t – such as testing. It’s not a new thing – for years some destinations have required you to get inoculated against certain diseases, such as yellow fever, before you visit. “I see this as the best solution to get us back to some sort of normality. Once this happens, I actually feel very positive about the future.” Wild Frontiers made its name offering tours to places few other operators dare to venture, from Afghanistan to the Congo, but travel restrictions forced it to rethink its offering in 2020. Alongside its Hindu Kush Adventure and its Persian Explorer, you’ll now find itineraries in less exotic locales, from the hills of Catalonia to Italy’s Apennine Mountains.