Category: Travel is fun and rewarding

Brexit and Travel Impacts

Three ways travel is impacted post-Brexit:

1. Take Donald Trump’s advice and save some money

Trump explains travel

Trump explains travel

I never thought I’d take Donald Trump’s advice on travel, but today I am!  Here’s the quote: “…. traveling and for other things, you know, I think it could very well turn out to be a positive.”  Washington Post, June 24, 2016

All kidding aside, the British Pound’s trading at about 7% less right now (up from nearly 11% lower yesterday) versus the US Dollar and this has direct benefit if you pay in greenbacks.  Here’s how: Travel to UK or paying for UK goods and services (like a plane ticket, a hotel room or a West End play) will be substantially cheaper. The UK can be kind of expensive, so any discount is well worth seeking out, especially one this straightforward. If you’re thinking of going, book (and pay) soon.

2.  Border travel restrictions won’t change for at least two years.

More of this, in a few years

More of this, in a few years

 According to European Union law, The UK leaves the EU two years after it notifies the EU, about two years from today (the UK hasn’t notified the EU of its intentions.) For Europeans traveling to the UK, that means that travel won’t be impacted by EU resident checks for a few years. Same with UK residents: Travel to non-CTA EU countries won’t be restricted by border checks for a few years.  It is too early to expect more border patrols, but it is likely. This means that border crossing to or from the UK will be affected eventually – more red tape, more delays and more queues – but nothing changes right now.   

3.  A rare invitation into British and Northern Irish political attitudes.

No lack of opinions here

No lack of opinions here

One of my favorite insights about travel is from Mark Twain:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  

As Mark Twain suggests, travel offers us a different perspective on our world. From what I’ve read and seen, some areas of the UK were very strongly Remain, and some were decidedly Leave.  What’s the deeper reason? One thing I’m sure of is that British and Northern Irish folks probably have an opinion and might want to talk about it with you! It’s a unique opportunity to learn about the British and Northern Irish people and how they view themselves.

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Three Things about My Venice

I am so excited that we’re introducing a new series on Amazing Airfare’s blog, where we share three unique travel insights from our close friends! This series is all about sharing insider knowledge about places, and suggestions of things you might want to check out in these great places. These are from the heart, a connection with a place that you don’t forget.  We’re calling it Three Things.

Our first Three Things is from our friend Suzanne Mason. Take it away Suzanne!

There are so many places that I love and go back to, but I’d have to say that my all time favorite is Venice, Italy.

Gran Canal and Salute at dusk

Grand Canal and Salute at dusk

For me, Venice is as exciting as any mega metropolis in that it has immense diversity. La Serenissima has attracted people, customs, cuisines from all corners of the world, historically and currently.

The history of powerful doges, the spice traders, The Jewish quarter, the Grand Canal, the trade zones that set the tone for modern trade practices. The unique cuisine within the singular ecology of the Laguna makes it a place that for me is man and nature wrestling before your eyes daily.

A simple, everyday home renovation or pipe repair is like an archaeological dig with silt and clay being brought up from hundreds of years ago. It brings up evocative imagery of what the area might have looked like, who first lived there, who made the city what it is and how it is used today. It is all these lessons and more.

Whenever I go back to Venice: It never really seems to change, but I am always stunned at how blown away I am every time I go there.

The three things many people miss and should not miss in Venice are:

1) The Giardini (away from the biennale crowds) Just observe all the ordinary people in the gardens  — non-tourists, old people with their mongrel rat dogs, kids with their mothers going about their day.

Footbridge in Venice

Footbridge in Venice

2) The backside of the tourism centers — the neighborhoods on the edges of the grand quarters — the schools, the groceries, butcher shops, pasta shops, local cafes, the garden supply stores. These places show you how people live there in this fantastical place. How they get their groceries home, pass all the canals, over all the slippery Istrian marble bridges, up the ancient palazzo stairs. It makes you consider all the ways in which we are the same, but how the atmosphere and surroundings influence all that Venetians do. Even going to dinner could be getting dressed in sleek evening attire and then getting in your private paddle boat standing up and rowing to your favorite restaurant.

Home in Venice

Home in Venice

3) The Lido – the real Venice Beach, complete with muscle heads and scanty bikinis. It is the stuff of Fellini films…old muscle men with sagging pecs wearing banana yellow speedos, young bimbos with huge hair and hot pink fingernails, fat little boys crying and eating a fast-melting ice cream cone while their glamorous mothers are trying to hook up with the young Adonis who has been giving them eyes all morning…bike riding, goats, scallop shell lined streets with artichokes growing left and right…and most fascinating of all…cars! Cars! They look strange and displaced in this world that functions so well without them.

Paul Newman 1963 Venice Film Festival

Six Pack Delivery! Paul Newman on Lido Beach, 1963 Venice Film Festival

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