Meeting people for business or family this last Christmas told me that many people are not just fed up, but also quite concerned about travelling. I can understand how they feel, if you measure what has happened in many destinations; you could be forgiven for having second thoughts about booking that getaway.
The last year has been remarkable. It will certainly go down as a year in which people were taken by surprise in many areas - not least the football results! But whilst some may have felt things were being turned on their head, one thing that remained constant was the Great British public's desire to travel.
Winter holidays don't have to be about strapping things to your feet and careering down mountains. Tour operators are increasingly realising that there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the unique charms of winter - and most of them don't include a whacking increase on your insurance policy and the chances of coming home in a neck brace.