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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.

 Amazing Airfare was created to offer travelers unbelievable discounts (in every case at least 50%) on airfare to international destinations.  If you’re a traveler looking to find the biggest discount, or just too busy to keep searching for incredible deals,  Amazing Airfare might be the ticket!

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Timing Tips on Travel to Europe

Curious why so many great travel deals are specifically timed for mid-March, Mid-April, September and October?  It’s simple:  Most people still go to Europe only during the Summer.  Here’s a big travel tip to save you a huge amount of money:  Learn the travel seasons!

Travel seasons in Europe are divided into three customary periods:

  • Low Season, starting in November, ending in March
  • Shoulder Seasons, actually two seasons, both roughly two months long.  Spring season — Mid-March through Mid-June, and Fall Season — Early September through October.
  • Peak Season or high Season: Mid June through August.

Historically, “Peak season” was the peak travel time because European, specifically North European, weather was unpredictable in the spring and fall, and a majority of the historic public festivals were held in the European summer. Later, with the boom in tourist travel in Europe starting in the 19th Century, more events and attractions were added to the calendar, specifically in the summer months.  

What this means for the Europe-bound traveller is that getting to Europe, travel around Europe, and activities available within Europe are at their peak level during the summer, roughly Mid-June through August.  We definitely see the appeal of pleasant weather, abundant activities and the fantastic cultural activities Europe is renowned for.  Amongst Europeans, who make up the majority of vacationers in Europe, summer season is when most take their holiday.

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However, for your next trip to Europe, consider planning a vacation around the shoulder or low seasons.  First of all, there’s fewer tourists, so just getting around is going to be less crowded.

Airfares will also be cheaper, since the demand can be half what it is during the very peak season.   Airfare can be cheap during the Low Season too, but take care to avoid booking travel for the holidays, as this can be more expensive, of course.

Finally, lodging and restaurants during the shoulder season will be less crowded, which also means savings.  In particular, low season hotel rooms can be a fraction of the price of high season, especially in beach resorts.  In one of my trips to Nice, France, we booked a beachside stay for 25% the cost of the room rate during the high summer!

One additional reason to consider shoulder season is that while peak season is defined as “warm outdoor summer weather” season in Northern Europe, Southern European countries are arguably at their most pleasant during the Shoulder Season.  In particular, the coasts and islands of southern Europe are both less crowded and more affordable.  In other words, a great time to go!

Amazing Airfare was created to offer travelers unbelievable discounts (in every case at least 50%) on airfare to international destinations.  If you’re a traveler looking to find the biggest discount, or just too busy to keep searching for incredible deals,  Amazing Airfare might be the ticket!

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How Far Out to Book Your Next Trip

How far out to book a trip is a very common question people have about airfare and travel.  This is natural, since for many travelers, airfare can be the biggest expense.  Armed with a little knowledge, your next flight might be a lot less expensive!

The best advice you can get is plan ahead and put some months between you and your flight.  If you have the opportunity, start looking months before your planned trip. In 2015, Kayak released a study of fares they had offered on their site.  They noticed significant trends in discount airfare, and they published the results.

In each of the example destinations given by Kayak, they also suggest days of the week for getting a great deal on departures and return tickets.  In almost all cases, travel leaving and returning midweek is going to save you big on your next flight.

According to Kayak:

  • Caribbean: 2-3 weeks out, best fares are depart Thursday, return Tuesday
  • Africa: 3-5 weeks out; best to leave Tuesday, return Monday
  • Central America: 4-6 weeks out: depart Tuesday, return Tuesday
  • Domestic US: 3-7 weeks out; best savings are depart Friday, return Monday
  • South America: 6 months out; aim to depart Wednesday, return Monday
  • Europe: 8-10 Months out; depart Wednesday, return Tuesday
  • Asia: 9-10 months out; leave Wednesday, return Wednesday

Kayak updates this list annually.

Another thing to keep in mind when looking for cheap tickets is to know the local high tourist season of your destination.  Some locations, such as Western Europe, have a very established travel season, in this case the Northern Hemisphere summer.  Most travelers who are considering a European vacation are very likely to go during this high season. Airlines will have plenty of customers during their peak season, so prices will be highest.   

But remember, these rules are very often broken by the airlines.  In fact, you can find fantastic deals if you are able to check fares daily.  Even if you can’t check daily,  oftentimes 6-7 weeks out is great for discount airfares, even to hot destinations.  However, it’s becoming harder to spot and act quickly on great travel deals.  Amazing Airfare was created to offer travelers unbelievable discounts (in every case at least 50%) on airfare to international destinations.  If you’re a traveler looking to find the biggest discount, or just too busy to keep searching for incredible deals,  Amazing Airfare might be the ticket!

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Photo credit: Kate Ter Haar  (https://www.flickr.com/photos/katerha/)