5 Reasons to Travel to the UK and Europe in 2016/2017!

 

Following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, the pound has fallen to its lowest level in more than 30 years against the dollar, and the euro is not far behind

If you are from the UK, when you travel abroad, your pounds will now buy you fewer euros or dollars, the cost of accommodation and food will rise and your spending money won’t go as far as it did before Brexit.

However, if you are from abroad and want to travel to and tour the UK, things have never been better.

 

1. Exchange Rates.

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The immediate effect after the Brexit vote is that it’s a good time for American travellers to tour Britain and Europe.

This is of course due the the exchange rates and the falling pound and Euro.

 

2. Price Cuts.

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The American dollar is about 20% stronger compared to the British pound at the moment, your dollar will also stretch much further in Europe.

That means that nearly everything purchased by Americans visiting the UK will be cheaper. This includes alcohol, food, museums and many tourist attraction and guided tours.

 

 

3. Hotel Rates.

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The Brexit vote may have an effect on European visitors to the UK which will mean hotels will probably charge less due to lower demand.

Book your hotel now if you are thinking of visiting the UK and pay in full to make sure you get the favourable exchange rate as prices may go up later.

If you have already made a deposit payment, ask the hotel to process your final bill as a new transaction, again, to make sure you get the favourable exchange rate.

 

4. Flight Prices.

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Airfare rates may also be effected and go up or down depending on where you are travelling from.

For example, people may be put off going to America because of the exchange rate, so airlines will have to reduce prices to fill seats.

On the other hand, according to the ‘Association of British Travel Agents (Abta)’, travellers may face higher air fares  between the UK and the European Union because of all the financial uncertainty caused by Brexit.

 

5. Britain and Europe on Sale.

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Last but not least, Britain and Europe is more or less on sale at the moment due to the weak pound and Euro compared against other currencies.

It may not be good news for the British, but for American tourists, Brexit has provided a fantastic opportunity to visit the usually expensive UK and Europe on the cheap.

Whether you book a flight, hotel or full package coach tour, you will grab a bargain – visiting the UK and Europe from the USA has never been so enticing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 ‘Brexit’ Effects on Travel Plans?

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‘Brexit’ refers to the British exit from the European Union, and you may be wondering,  How does this affect my travel plans?

Well, Here’s what we know up to now…

 

1. Impact on travel.

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If you’ve already booked or are planning to book a holiday, Brexit should have no impact on you as a traveller. This is because many of the effects of Brexit won’t happen immediately, the negotiations for the UK’s exit from the EU are expected to take around two years, so no sudden changes.

 

2. UK & Europe borders.

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Travellers with valid passports and the correct visas will be allowed to travel from London to all countries in Europe. Brexit  will not effect visa policies of the Schengen Regions in Europe.

 

3. British passports.

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The UK will remain part of the EU as long as it takes to negotiate its exit. For this reason, British passports will remain valid throughout this time, meaning no changes if you are planning to travel to Europe this year or in the next two years at least.

 

4. Excellent exchange rates.

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 With the UK’s vote to leave the EU came the inevitable effect on the pound, making it weaker against most other world currencies, and the same can be said for the Euro in the coming weeks and months. People travelling and planning to travel to Europe can therefore expect a better exchange rate in the UK and Europe in the foreseeable future.

 

5. Still safe place to visit.

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Finally, the UK and Europe is still one of the safest places to travel and Brexit should not put you off following your dreams. Excellent public transport, cultural diversity and amazing experiences to behold are just a few reasons to travel, especially on a guided tour so you know you are in extra safe hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Interesting Places To See In Britain!

 

Britain has some pretty amazing sights to see, but also some very interesting, lesser known tourist attractions.

Hop on a coach tour to find those fascinating places and discover something new.

 

1. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

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Anne Hathaway’s Cottage can be found in the village of Shottery, about 1 mile west of Stratford-upon-Avon, and very accessible by coach.

Anne Hathaway lived in this building as a child and was the wife of the world famous playwright and poet, William Shakespeare.

The cottage was acquired in 1892 by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and is now open to the public as a museum set in beautiful extensive gardens.

 

 

2. Windermere, Lake District

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Visit the outstanding beauty of the Lake District National Park, and be surrounded by the peaceful silence of the misty mountains.

Discover Windermere,  Britain’s largest natural lake, and catch your breath looking over the horizon from a rugged mountain fell.

Explore Windermere Steamboat Museum on a guided tour or indulge in a Windermere Lake Cruise.

Roam the traditional inns and local art galleries, or simply bask in the area which inspired William Wordsworth’s poem, ‘There was a Boy’.

 

3. Feathers Hotel, Ludlow

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The gorgeous medieval market town of Ludlow is a feast for the eyes and  boasts over 500 listed buildings within its area.

Situated within this picturesque market town is the world famous Feathers Hotel, offering the combined uniqueness of a 17th century coaching inn together with a modern day hotel with all its comfortable facilities.

While there, take a guided tour of  Ludlow Castle and St Laurence’s Church, and indulge yourself in the many excellent restaurants and cafes selling local produce.

 

4.Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and the largest in Wales, and apparently ranked sixth in the world in National Geographic’s alternative tourist destinations.

The Wales Millennium Centre is an outstanding arts centre situated in the Cardiff Bay area of Cardiff and hosts live performances of opera, ballet, musicals, dance, comedy and theatre.

 It also has a Visitor Centre together with shops, bars and restaurants to wile away the time whilst on holiday.

 

 

5. Beatles statue at Pier Head, Liverpool

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Liverpool is the ideal destination to visit and explore on a coach tour.

With its unique attractions, and world class musical heritage, Liverpool has it all.

 The Beatles statue at Pier Head along Liverpool’s Waterfront has entranced visitors since it was created and unveiled in December 2015 to mark the 50 years since The Beatles final public appearance in Liverpool, at The Empire on the 5 December 1965.

It weighs in at 1.2 tonnes and was sculpted by Andrew Edwards who managed to catch the likeness of the Beatles in striking form.

5 Famous Landmarks In Britain!

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Britain has a treasure trove of historical sites that the whole world wants to see.

People come from all over to witness the facts behind the stories they have been told about our wonderful land, stories that are embedded in the very fabric of our historical sites.

They come by plane, train or automobile, but the most popular is by coach, joining fellow travellers on their journey of discovery.

 

1. Tower of London

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People flock to see the Tower of London, officially the Queens Palace, which can be found in central London.

This magnificent Tower has played a significant role in English history and has become over time one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.

It has served various roles in its time, including being a treasury, an armoury, a public records office, the home of the Royal Mint, and of course, a prison and the home of the Crown Jewels of England. It was even at one time a menagerie whereby wild animals were kept in captivity for exhibition purposes!

You can visit the Tower of London with ease either by bus or coach.

 

2. York Minster

York Minster is the Cathedral of York, England, and can boast being one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe.

As with most cathedrals, this majestic Minster has a varied and complicated history regarding its build. It is safe to say that a wooden church construction was first built in 627, and numerous replacements and additions have been created over time, with the present Minster building having been completed in 1472.

The York famous Mystery Plays were allowed to be performed for the first time inside the Minster in 2000, and plan to return for a second time in 2016.

York Minster was also illuminated on 5 November 2005 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the York-born Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot.

You can visit York various ways, but a  guided tour by coach does make it so much easier and value for money.

 

3. Edinburgh Castle

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 Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland,  a majestic fortress situated on the Castle Rock, looking out onto the City of Edinburgh.

This historic fortress can be dated back to the Iron Age with many additions built over the years, as well as being involved in many historical conflicts through the ages.

Go there to see the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in all its glory and pay a visit during the annual Edinburgh International Festival.

 

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 The Roman Baths is a world famous historical site in the English city of Bath.

This well-preserved Roman site was created for public bathing and gives a fascinating insight into how the Romans lived.

  Join the thousands of tourists that visit each year by coach and experience a  guided walking tour of the town, learn about the historical significance of the region and soak up the decadent atmosphere it has to offer.

 

5. Stonehenge

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 Cross Salisbury Plain to visit Stonehenge, the world’s most talked about prehistoric monument, and stand in awe at the mystical stone monoliths which seem to have stood since the beginning of time.

Stonehenge is one of Britain’s most famous destinations to visit and is part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site, but has baffled scientists, tourists and historians for centuries on why it is exactly there.

 New theories abound all the time, but just admire and enjoy this magnificent monument for what it is now and acknowledge that its true meaning may never be revealed!

 

Scandinavian Secrets!

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When we think of  Scandinaviathe three kingdoms of Denmark, Sweden and Norway come to mind.

These three great kingdoms historically share the Scandinavian Peninsula in northern Europe, and the term Scandinavia was first to used to describe them as recently as the the eighteenth century.

The term became even more popular as a unifying concept in the nineteenth century by the influences of people such as the famous poet and writer Hans Christian Andersen and his poem “I am a Scandinavian” which reflected his belief that all Swedes, Danes and Norwegians were “one people”.

 

  Denmark

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The word ‘Denmark’ can first be traced back to the 10th century when the Vikings were at their most fierce, plundering their way across Western Europe.

However, the Denmark today is very different from its historical past. With its beautiful natural landscapes and cosmopolitan cities full of cutting-edge culture, art and nightlife, Denmark is the perfect place to visit on a coach tour or guided vacation.

 

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Witness the amazing sight of the Little Mermaid and discover her creator, Hans Christian Andersen’s birthplace in Odense.

Denmark’s charismatic capital of Copenhagen cannot afford to be missed as you are treated  to its abundance of historical buildings mixed together with contemporary art and modern design.

Visit Denmark in the summer to witness the truly beautiful landscape or in winter for a magical Christmas wonderland.

 

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The history of Sweden again goes back to the Vikings, with evidence still seen today.

From rune stones and burial mounds, to medieval towns and fortresses,  the legacy of the Vikings still lives on.

Today Sweden is also one of the world’s most beautiful and cosmopolitan countries to visit on a coach tour.

From its arctic and pristine landscapes, amazing lakes and lush green fields and forests, Sweden has it all.

 

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Seek out a Dalecarlian horse or Dala horse, a traditional carved, painted wooden horse statuette which originated in the Swedish province of Dalarna.

Anyone visiting IKEA may have a recollection of this horse being sold in various colours, and may even own one not knowing its origin.

On a guided holiday, visit the cosmopolitan city of Stockholm which blends both classic historical buildings with modern Scandinavian style and architecture.

For a bit of fun, spend some time at ABBA The Museum, an interactive exhibition about the pop-group which can be found in Stockholm.

 

Norway

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Norway’s vast variety of scenic beauty makes it stand out as one of THE places to visit – it’s constant and awe-inspiring beauty making it one of the top destinations to tick off any bucket list.

Take in its breath-taking fjords, forests and mountains, spectacular waterfalls and glaciers, and be prepared for otherworldly and mysteries experiences to behold!

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This is because a large section of northern Norway is located within the Arctic Circle, providing the country with two of its most popular tourist attractions.

The first is the Midnight Sun during the summer months whereby you see endless days when the sun doesn’t set for the whole summer.

The second is the sighting of the amazing Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights during the winter months.

Stand witness to the sky coming alive with spectacular bluish green arcs of light, glowing and shimmering with their enchanting radiance flaring over the sky in a constant movement of divine dancing.