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Things You Need to Know About Future Travel to the UK & Europe

Europe, United Kingdom - Ross French - February 10, 2021

Travel to the UK

There have been some big changes in Europe and the UK recently. If you happen to live anywhere on that continent, you will know exactly what we’re talking about. But for everyone else, here’s a quick catch up, in case you missed the news.

As of January 2021, the UK is officially no longer part of the European Union or EU. You might have heard the term ‘Brexit’ being thrown around, as in ‘Britain’s Exit’ from the EU. Not Europe – the UK is still geographically part of the European continent. But politically, it has left a union made up of 26 other nations.

This change in the relationship between the UK and this big gang of other European nations has all sorts of practical implications for people wanting to travel, work and do business between Britain and the EU – some big, some minor. Mostly, these changes affect British and EU citizens. But there are also a few knock-on effects worth raising for anyone from the rest of the world planning on doing any traveling around Europe (post-COVID pandemic, of course).

From a traveler’s point of view, one of the great things about the EU is the relaxed or open borders that exist between member states. So if you land in, say, France, you have complete freedom to go explore Spain, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and every other EU country without being stopped and quizzed at every border.

This is particularly beneficial if you are planning to hang around in Europe long enough to need a visa – especially if you plan to work while you are there – or if you happen to be from a country that requires a visa to enter the EU full stop. It’s a case of presenting all of your paperwork once on entry, and that’s it. No more long waits to have your credentials checked as you move from country to country.

Now, it should be pointed out that the UK never signed up to the full ‘open borders’ policy, known as the Schengen Area, that the other 26 states agreed to. That means you’ve always had to go through border control traveling back and forth between the UK and the rest of the EU.

But even so, because of the shared visa arrangements, it was very easy (and common) to use the UK as a hub for some long-term travel across the rest of Europe. That is still going to be possible, of course. But there are likely to be added complications.

New visa rules

We’re still in the early stages of what travel to a non-EU Britain looks like (and no one is doing much traveling right now, anyway). But the UK will start to roll out its own visa rules and arrangements at some point and you will need to be up to speed with both to travel between the UK and Europe.

For example, from 2022 the EU is launching a paid-for electronic entry authorization system similar to the ESTA in the United States. This will not grant you permission to travel to the UK. Another important change for long-term travelers is that an EU work visa will not give you the right to pick up a job in the UK. You might have to think more carefully about where you want to base yourself for the majority of the trip.

Other possible changes are to things like travel insurance. Instead of buying a single policy for travel anywhere in Europe, you might find certain providers start to make exemptions and require you to purchase UK-only policies if you want to head there.

This is because the EU, for example, has very clear and consumer-friendly rules on things like flight and package holiday refunds that no longer apply to UK companies, which changes the game for insurance companies in terms of paying out for cancellations.

Given the risk of having your travel plans trashed by COVID-19 lockdowns and ever-changing rules from one place to the next, it’s definitely a good idea to get the right type of cancellation cover wherever you are traveling to.

To find out more, visit Avanti Travel Insurance.

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Top Things To Do In Michigan In 2021

North America - Ross French - February 2, 2021

Things To Do In Michigan

Michigan, the state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern region in the USA is getting a lot of attention these days. And it is for a good reason. There are quite a few things to do in Michigan. Read on and you will definitely agree on this. You will be amazed to know that it is the only state that comprises of two peninsulas. Whether you are travelling with family or friends, Michigan is a great place to spend your holiday. There are many things to see in Michigan.

What To Do In Michigan?

If you are planning a trip to Michigan, get ready to encounter breathtaking landscapes, clear skies, fabulous adventures, and tranquil forests. Visit some of the cool places in Michigan today. You will fall in love with the beautiful place, in any season. Tourism is growing in leaps and bound in Michigan. You will find various natural and man-made attractions in Michigan. Check out the small towns and villages, islands, and colorful lighthouses, with the azure sea as backdrop. Explore the college towns like Ann Arbor or East Lansing. Moreover, there is the added attraction of the expansive Upper Peninsula. Get ready to witness shipwrecks, old forts, and snow trails. Michigan Attractions are many, for you to choose from. You must know that more than half of Michigan is covered with forests and beaches. Continue Reading

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A Complete Guide to Places to Visit in Wales

Wales - Ross French - January 24, 2021

Places to visit in wales

Wales is one of the most picturesque component countries of mainland Britain. There are uncountable reasons for a traveler to want to come to Wales. Surreal castles, cozy lanes, all make Wales a must-visit place for all the fellow travelers.

At present, travel is a bit restricted due to the pandemic situation. However, with passing time, things are returning to normalcy. The travel restriction is still existing. After the vaccine is in place, it is expected to ease up. But travelers need to plan their trip beforehand. Wales has been one of the most popular destinations.

Wales has more than 400 castles to explore. Innumerable castles and gardens all around, heritage trains and the culture and people of Wales make the country so beautiful. There are many places to visit in Wales. Here is a complete guide to what to do in Wales. Continue Reading

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10 Best Things to do in Manhattan

North America - Ross French - January 17, 2021

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If you are visiting Manhattan, here are the top things to do in Manhattan and everything else you need to know about New York City.

New York is there on the travel bucket list for everyone who is a city lover. It is called the city of dreams. Quite rightly named, New York is one of the most welcoming cities on earth. Manhattan is the most popular area in the city. There are many things to explore and many things to do in Manhattan. But before getting into that, let us find out how the city of dreams works for travelers.

Manhattan has something in store for everyone. Travelers from diverse cultures come here to explore. Researches have suggested that most of the travelers had to come back just for the sake of the beautiful city and its people. If you are traveling to New York, explore Manhattan to the fullest. You will have an experience of a lifetime. However, that will not be enough. You will feel the urge to come back again and again. Continue Reading

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Things to do in Santorini, Greece in 2021

Aegean Sea, Santorini - Ross French - January 8, 2021

things to do in santorini

Santorini is one of the most serene places to escape the daily hustle-bustle of life. We often wish to go one a vacation that will be thrilling and serene both at the same time. Santorini is that dream you have been waiting to live. While international travel is paused due to the pandemic, in no time, we hope everything will resume soon. Plan your next destination soon. If you are planning to go to the dreamland, Here are the things to do in Santorini: Continue Reading

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