EUROPEAN HOLIDAYS: CHEAPER OR MORE EXPENSIVE POST BREXIT?
Brexit. It’s a hot topic right now and truthfully, whether we have a no-deal Brexit or not, nobody can really be 100% sure on the full ins and outs of what this will mean for Britain until deadline day.
With the UK’s impending exit from the EU on the 29th of March 2019, we’re only a matter of months away from this historical event and with recent moments causing more than a stir across the political landscape, there are plenty of theories making the rounds about the impact Brexit will have. When it comes to holidays after Brexit, there are a few things we can share insight on; from the value of the pound to visa costs and package holiday prices, here’s the latest on whether holidays will be cheaper or more expensive after Brexit.
When Britain voted to leave the EU back in 2016, the value of the pound quickly fell against both the euro and the dollar and it’s been fluctuating ever since. Nobody can predict the exact value of the pound until we have the concluding outcome on Brexit in March, however what we do know is that if worst case scenario, the value of the pound continues to decrease, it will mean we get less for our money when we book a holiday or buy currency.
A big question we have been hearing from travellers is whether or not they’ll need a visa to travel around Europe. The good news is, the European Commission have now confirmed that Britons will not need a visa post-Brexit, however there will be a small fee of €7 (£6.30) to pay every three years. Compared to the cost of a visa for other countries like the US this is a relatively small fee that will have little impact on your overall holiday cost.
If you’ve already booked a package holiday, providers are within their rights to increase prices if the cost of currency or fuel rises. Whilst providers have to cover the first 2% of that said increase, you may have to pay additional fees up to 10%. Despite this, renowned travel journalist and broadcaster Simon Calder recently commented ‘the worst that will happen is you will get your money back.’ The reason for this is because increases of 10% or more mean you’re well within your rights to cancel your holiday entirely and receive a full refund.
It’s worth noting too that if you’ve already paid for your package holiday in full, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be asked to pay any additional fees. Simon also went on to highlight that those who have booked package holidays will find it easier to get their money back than holidaymakers who have booked flights, accommodation and so on separately.
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If we do end up with a no-deal Brexit and the value of the pound continues to drop, there are still plenty of places across Europe that will be affordable destinations for both couples and families, including summer holiday favourites like Portugal and Malta.
One of the most beautiful spots in Europe, Algarve sees holidaymakers flock year after year for a dose of sun, sea and sand. From Albufeira to Vilamoura and Praia de Luz to Lagos, the popular resorts are not only brimming with beaches, bars and restaurants, but family friendly attractions like sailing and jeep tours too.
A place of inescapable beauty, Algarve is renowned for its Blue Flag beaches showcasing long stretches of soft sand against a backdrop of dramatic dunes and cliffs. So whether you’re holidaying with the kids, or visiting the coastline as a couple, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this part of Portugal.
Who can resist a place called Sunny Beach? Every summer, thousands of tourists escape to this popular resort in Bulgaria, ready to embrace the glistening blue waters and golden sands of the Black Sea coast. For a sun-filled beach break, visit between May and October when the climate is at its warmest.
Bulgaria just happens to be one of the cheapest places to visit in Europe too and with so much to explore, it’s a wonderful choice for summer holidays. Beyond its inviting beaches, there’s Pirin National Park for nature enthusiasts and Nessebar, a World Heritage Site packed with ancient artefacts for history lovers – the area really does have something to offer every type of traveller.
The independent country of Malta is a Mediterranean gem located near the southern tip of Italy. Showcasing some of the most beautiful beaches, Malta holidays are less crowded than nearby resorts like the Canaries and Balearics, however the destination is just as picturesque and a striking choice for a summer holiday.
Malta is sure to delight holidaymakers all year round with the island boasting a true treasure trove of surprises. Bugibba in particular is a great base with popular towns like St Paul’s Bay close by. A welcoming choice for travellers post Brexit, Malta has always had great relations with Britain following a 150-year period as part of the British Empire.
Affectionately known as the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik in South Dalmatia is visited by many looking for history, culture and shopping all in one place. A popular city break destination, Dubrovnik’s winding alleyways lined with boutiques and restaurants means you’ll never be short of something to discover as you spend your afternoons strolling the cobbled streets.
Croatia holidays are also favoured for their inviting exotic coastlines with an abundance of natural marine life situated along the Adriatic coast. Despite being such a popular tourist destination, holidays to Dubrovnik are surprisingly affordable with cheap hotels, bars and restaurants all around.