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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Festivals Around the World!

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What could be better than exploring the world by coach, boat or plane and indulging in a music festival.

From Great Britain to the USA and everywhere in between, get the experience of a lifetime by catching a music festival when on your coach travels. Find some inspiration below to get you started:

 

1. Glastonbury

Somerset, UK

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Glastonbury takes place from Wednesday June 22 until Sunday June 26 2016 and has a capacity for around 200,000 people.

It was founded in 1970 by Michael Eavis as the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival, and as well as music, now boasts theatre, dance, comedy, cabaret, arts and crafts as well as healing as an attraction.

 

2. Bestival

Isle of Wight, UK

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Bestival takes place from Thursday September 8–Sunday September 11 on the Isle of Wight and has a capacity for around 79,000 people.

The Isle of Wight festival has a reputation for awesome line-ups, and this year is no exception. From Fatboy Slim to Years and Years, Bestival has it all.

You’ll also find a fire-spewing steel spider and other quirky experiences. It’s also child friendly with plenty of activities on offer.

 

3. Coachella

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Coachella dates are Apr 15 – Apr 24, 2016 and has a capacity of 99,000.

Coachella is held on polo grounds in the desert not far from the Joshua Tree National Park, so hats, water and sunblock is a must.

Dance, drink and enjoy nostalgic music until the sun sets spectacularly behind the San Jacinto mountains.

 

4. Golden Plains

Victoria, Australia

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Golden Plains is held in March and is much smaller than most of the other festivals with a capacity of just 10,000.

This festival has a communal vibe and is kept on a smaller scale so there is plenty of space for everyone to camp and get some peace.

The festival has developed some quirky traditions over time, including a salute from the crowd to the best performers at the festival in the form of shoe or boot being held in the air.

 

5. Governors Ball

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The Governors Ball dates are June 3-5, 2016 and has a daily capacity of 45,000.

New York City’s only major music festival has now moved from its original location on Governors Island, in view of the Statue of Liberty to Randall’s Island.

This festival regularly attracts the big acts and has the advantage of being in the Big apple for a walk around afterwards.

Applying for a Schengen Visa!

It’s great to imagine a spontaneous visit to the UK or Europe. If you are from one of the following countries you don’t need a visa for a tourist stay of up to 90 days: UK, European Union, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and  this list is by no means a complete one.

However, if your passport is from India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia, any African country, most South American countries and many others, then you must apply for a visa for the UK and the ‘Schengen Area’. First, however, it would be helpful to understand some background information in order to understand what the Schengen Area actually is.

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The background to the Schengen Area stems from the formation of the European Union (EU) in 1993. The EU is a group of 28 mostly European countries that participate in the world economy as one economic unit and have one official currency, the euro.

 

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From this European Union, the Schengen Agreement was signed which created the Schengen Area. Countries in the Schengen Area have removed border controls with the other Schengen members and strengthened border controls with non-Schengen states. Of the 26 countries bound by the Schengen agreement, 22 are part of the EU and the other 4 are part of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

 

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 The countries that are not part of the EU but are part of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) include Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein. The other six EU members that do not form part of the Schengen Area include Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The first 4 are legally obliged and wish to join the area, while the last 2 have opted-out.

 

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This may all sound very complicated, but for the benefit of travelling around Europe, it does have its advantages as only one visa is needed to cover your journey – the Schengen Visa. To apply for the Schengen Visa it is advisable to allow at least 8 weeks for the process as you have to pay for your travel arrangements in advance, and these travel arrangements form part of the evidence you need to show to the consulate where you are applying. Correct paperwork is also essential for the consulate to issue a visa, so checking you have the right information beforehand is very important.

 

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Notably, the booking conditions of most tour and travel arrangements do not provide a full refund within 8 weeks of travel. A sliding scale of cancellation charges kicks in usually within 8-10 weeks before departure. If you have to cancel your travel plans you will lose your airfare, your tour deposit and probably a lot more since you won’t know if your visa has been granted until possibly a couple of weeks before travel. Unfortunately, visa refusal is not an insurable event. The best thing to do is make sure you have all the information you need in the first place to obtain your visa.

 

Key points to remember:

  • Apply to consulate of your main destination. If you are visiting different countries in the Schengen area, but one country in the Schengen area is where you will be spending most of the time (in number of days) that is your MAIN destination.

  • If you are visiting different countries in the Schengen area, but you are spending an equal number of days in each country, your first port of entry in the Schengen area is the country you apply to. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW – Allow minimum 10 working days to have your passport returned after the appointment date!

  • Apply in your country of residence. If you are currently living in the UK as a student or worker you can apply in the UK as long as your UK residence permit is valid at least three months beyond the return date of the tour.

For the Schengen Visa Global Coach Tours will write you an application support letter when you have booked and paid in full for one of their tours. Again, you must have a UK resident permit to apply in the UK and not just here for a short visit. Your UK residence permit must be valid at least three months beyond the return date of the tour. You should apply in the consulate of the country where you spend the most time. Allow several weeks before your tour as you will be seen by appointment only.

 

 

American Dreams with Trafalgar

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Take a tour of the USA with Trafalgar!

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From Washington to the Wild West, the United States of America is actually a mix of 52 very different and vibrant states. Dynamic, inspirational and optimistic, the USA is where you can dare to dream. Innovative and awe-inspiring, America has long been a place of wonder, marching ahead of the rest of the world. Varied, vibrant and vivacious, as a vacation destination, America’s appeal is limitless.

 

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 For beautiful beaches and wildlife, you cannot beat Florida or California.

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Florida sunset

Immerse yourself in jazz and a supremely chilled vibe in New Orleans.

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New Orleans Mardi Gras

 In idyllic Hawaii, the USA’s only island state, you can enjoy music and dancing and go scuba diving or just relax on the beautiful beaches.

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Hawaii beach

If you’re looking for shopping and excitement, there’s New York. The city of New York has a fast pace of life and never ceases to amaze  its visitors.

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New York skyline

USA & Canada Cosmos style!

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Amazing experience with 2016 dates now available!

Can you image being able to see some of the USA’s and Canada’s most famous places in one fell swoop, or in 17 days to be precise?

Well you now can on a Cosmos Tours and CruisesEastern USA & Canada‘ tour!

Eastern USA & Canada tour.

 

See the likes of New York, Boston, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Washington DC and Philadelphia in an amazing tour that takes you from New York, through Canada, to  Washington DC and Philadelphia, and back again!

 

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NEW YORK

 Start your tour in New York and explore the ‘Big Apple’. Witness the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Trinity Church and Broadway. Next, head for Boston, which combines the elegance of early colonial history with modern innovation. See Faneuil Hall, often called the ‘Cradle of American Liberty’ and an important part in the United States’ history.

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FANEUIL HALL

Journey through New Hampshire and Vermont, before reaching the Canadian border and entering the French-Canadian province of Quebec, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. Explore North America’s only walled city which houses the Place d’Armes, the Laval Seminary, the star-plan Citadelle and the ancient Place Royale.

 

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QUEBEC CITY

 

Take your journey to the cosmopolitan city of Montreal which features major attractions old and new. Travel on-wards to Canada’s beautiful capital Ottawa, situated on the Ottawa River. Take in this beautiful city beginning on Parliament Hill with its gothic buildings and stately residences and embassies.

 

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PARLIAMENT PEACE TOWER, OTTAWA

 

Enjoy a scenic cruise along the St Lawrence River, through the historic city of Kingston, before heading on to Toronto, Ontario’s capital and Canada’s largest city. See one of the tallest towers in the world, the CN Tower,  just one of Toronto’s stunning architectural highlights. You could even have dinner at the top!!

 

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THE AMAZING CN TOWER

 

Travel around the west end of Lake Ontario and witness one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders, Niagara Falls. See it from the decks of your sightseeing cruise where you will experience the thundering columns of water up close or  take a walking tour through the scenic tunnels.

 

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NIAGARA FALLS

 

Leave Canada and travel towards Lancaster County, home of the Amish and Mennonite sects. Find out about their faith and way of life  when you visit an Amish Farm and House.

 

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AN AMISH CARRIAGE

Continue to Washington DC to explore the world’s most influential and powerful capital city. Visit the Lincoln Memorial and the graves of American heroes, including those of Robert and John F Kennedy, and see Capitol Hill and the White House.

 

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LINCOLN MONUMENT

After exploring Washington DC, travel north to Philadelphia and see the steps of the Museum of Art where Rocky was filmed. You can also visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall before leaving for New York City.

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PHILADELPHIA

What’s more, you can enjoy the spectacular colours of the autumn foliage with departures between 4 September – 5 October . These dates are historically the best time to see the autumn foliage in these beautiful parts of the USA and Canada.