Brexit: What It Means for Travelling Seniors

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Posted on: 01 September 2017 by Milton Grimes

How does this change travelling for the British and other European retirees?

Brexit - a dangerous word that has plunged almost the entire continent of Europe into a state of chaos and hardship - was voted on the 23 of June 2016, as a UK referendum to decide if they would remain a member of the European Union. That decision left the European Union with empty seats and many questions unanswered. How does this change travelling for the British and other European retirees? First, the exiting process takes much longer, and passports, visas and flights have rearranged how they operate.

Blue or Red Passports?

A lot of disheartened seniors wonder how they will respond with their current passports because the European Union meant a design written in gold closer to the top of the cover. Does that mean travellers will have to put their plans on hold as authorities change the design. Luckily, because the UK has issued 42.5 million passports, authorities have said people will not face immediate consequences nor will they have to renew them.

A Red Light on Visas?

Unfortunately, Brexit could spell the end of borderless travels in the future. You will have to line up at the non-EU citizens queue, and this could also equal longer time spent at the already tedious airport security and lines. As a senior citizen, you may enjoy spontaneous trips to Italy and Greece with the bright-eyed, energetic wife, but Brexit puts a halt on these romantic trips and city breaks. Emergency travel may have also been made slightly more irritating as you have to leap through more hoops to go somewhere.

Currency Exchange Rates

Since Parliament passed Brexit, the British pound recorded its lowest rate in more than 30 years. That means retirement aged travellers will receive less of a deal when exchanging the British pound for the Russian ruble or other currencies. To further elaborate, that means you will have to watch your money more closely on your holiday to see the Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.

A lot of British people have enjoyed a favourable exchange rate with other countries. However, that doesn't mean you can't visit the right places after getting the best currency deals. Using the right company will dictate whether you have extra cash at the end of your holiday.

What Can Seniors Do to Fight Back?

Writing a letter to Parliament might be one of the best ways of communicating your displeasure at the latest changes with Brexit. However, outside that, travellers will basically face new inconveniences as a consequence of the UK leaving the European Union. Seniors who love travelling should not let these potential changes stop them from travelling. Fighting against Brexit comes down to awareness of how it will affect you.

When you can see the pitfalls and inconveniences of how Brexit will impact your next holiday, you can hop over the grey areas that might add to extra costs and more preparations and take back the pleasures of having a fun-filled holiday.

Getting the best currency deals while on holiday will also ensure the money keeps flowing, and you can buy more tourist gifts and souvenirs for your grandchildren. Brexit might add some extra costs to travelling, but you don't have to let it rain on your next holiday. Grab an umbrella and boogie in the rain.

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