Brexit Blues: What Travelers Should Know

We’ll give you the easily digestible version: The UK has voted that they are divorcing the European Union, but it should be a lengthy process of about two years. Although nothing happened quite yet except the decision and legislation prep, Brexit has been starting to incite political tension that triggers more change, including new leadership. With all these political shifts that will start taking place, we shouldn’t be surprised if travel gets a few tweaks, both positive and negative.

If you’re like us, you get paranoid about uncertainty, but you should still make an effort to learn what’s ahead. And while we can’t guarantee it, markets suggest that a slightly cheaper UK trip might be on the horizon. Conveniently, London’s reputation as a major business hub will delight business travel managers as their employee travel costs will likely ease up.

According to The Daily Mail, Prime Minister David Cameron assured Britons that there would be “no initial change in the way that people travel from the UK to the rest of Europe” but to watch for some friction in the future. We think it’s always good to go prepared.

What this could mean for future travel to the UK:

  • Prepare for stingier compensation for delayed flights, etc. The EU has a history of generously compensating travelers who get their flights delayed or laid off, but the UK’s policies might not prove as gracious.
  • Due to exchange rate fluctuations, traveling to the UK from the US could be cheaper.
  • You might get higher mobile roaming charges since the EU’s directives to waive charges will lose relevance in the UK.
  • You might have to go through passport control when entering any EU country from the UK.
  • You might not get to bring your pet, as the EU pet passport allowance could disappear.

 

Almost 60% of travelers agreed that they wouldn’t let Brexit get into the way of their travel plans, according to a recent survey from Skift. The same survey says that 15% of those polled don’t know what Brexit is.

So tell us: How do you feel about traveling with all this talk of Brexit in the air?

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