After a week of speeches - Brexit, USA presidential inaugurations and more - we probably all need a good holiday!
Frost, fog, and icy conditions are predicted for this week though, making road conditions dangerous. Flights may also be delayed as a result. Wherever you go, remember to keep up to date with the latest safety information for your destination and travel route so you can travel prepared, not scared.
As always, we've scanned the news for the most relevant safety information but it is subject to change at any time and you should always check UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice before you book AND before you travel!
A series of strong earthquakes in central Italy caused an avalanche on Wednesday, crushing a four-storey hotel.
Rescuers continue their search as up to 30 people are unaccounted for, while a total of up to 11 people have now been rescued from the rubble so far. The hotel's two beloved sheepdogs were also found alive, a few kilometres from the hotel.
The FCO recommends following local authorities' advice if you're travelling in the areas affected by these latest earthquakes - Lazzio, Abruzzo and Marche. Some Metro stations in Rome were closed following the earthquakes as a precaution, but have now been re-opened.
Does your travel insurance cover natural catastrophes? Always read the full policy wording to be sure.
The FCO has advised against all travel to the city of Banjul in Gambia (also known as The Gambia) and against all but essential travel to the rest of the country, due to an unstable political situation following elections on 1 December.
Thomas Cook arranged final repatriation flights on Friday to bring UK citizens back home and has suspended further flights for the time being. Other airlines continue to operate but if you're scheduled to travel to Gambia, speak to your tour operator or airline to arrange refunds or alternatives.
A man drove a stolen car into a crowded area of Melbourne on Friday in a tragic and deliberate attack, which has left 5 people dead and more than 35 still in hospital.
It has been confirmed that this was not an act of terrorism, but the actions of an individual who may have been deeply troubled and reportedly had a history of violence and drug abuse.
At least 30 tornadoes hit Gerogia and Mississippi over the weekend, taking 18 lives, injuring more than 43, and leaving a great deal of flooding and damage.
If you're in the South or scheduled to travel, the FCO advises checking with your tour operator and following local news closely for the latest updates to ensure it is safe to travel.
AROUND THE WORLD
Latest advice and updates from the FCO
The FCO still advise that you should not be travelling by air into Sharm El Sheikh, whilst flights from the UK are not going to Sharm directly, it is possible to fly in to Sharm via Hurghada with Egyptair for around £200 return. You will invalidate your insurance if you fly into Sharm El Sheikh.
An attempted suicide bombing was prevented in Beirut on Saturday evening with the arrest of the would-be attacker. High levels of vigilance are recommended.
A car bomb exploded in Tripoli on Saturday. Fortunately, no casualties were reported.
Attacks are likely in Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman - these could be indiscriminate and may target foreign interests and places visited by foreigners.
The state of emergency has been extended by another month.
A warning of severe weather conditions for the south of Thailand was issued on 19 January. Check local news and weather reports if you're travelling to the region over the next few days.
An improvised car bomb was detonated within a military camp on Friday, killing more than 50 people - including Malian military, and UN contractors.
TUNISIA INQUEST - LATEST
Survivors of the 2015 attack in Sousse, Tunisia, have said that their travel agent told them the destination was "100% safe" and failed to alert them to travel advice that there was a high likelihood o terrorism in the area. Reports indicate that families of victims are likely to sue the travel agent involved.
When researching a destination, don't rely solely on a travel agent or tour operator. It's always a good idea to do some research and make sure your route and destination meet all your requirements in terms of amenities, safety, location and activities, and that your travel insurance provides appropriate cover for all of these aspects.
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