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The travel industry is on the brink

Julie Croucher set up Travel With Jules in 2011 in Woodbridge, Suffolk. She sells high-end, long-haul holidays — especially safaris — to a loyal following of repeat customers, and 2019 was her best year to date. That’s all over now. “I’ll be trading until furlough ends in September, then I’ll go under,” she says.

“Mentally I’ve been struggling for the past six months,” she adds. “I’ve spoken to the Samaritans, and I have so much debt I don’t know where to turn.” Her mortgage is in arrears, and a loan firm is trying to get her to sign a legal charge against her house. “I’ve taken a part-time job at a pub to try to make ends meet, and I lie awake after my shifts

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