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Traveling is something that many of us haven’t done over the last year and a half, however, with the pandemic lifting and the role out of vaccines, there is reason to suggest that people will soon get to travel once again. But how do you make sure you are getting the best out of your trip? In this article, we will be providing you with insight into some of the things you should expect when you are planning for your European travel.
Things To Remember In Your European Travel
Be Prepared For Jetlag
Though this will depend on the distance that you are traveling, traveling to Europe can present a small amount of jetlag. Though this can be avoided in most cases for those traveling from the UK, this could be an issue for those traveling from the USA and other countries further afield. However, by using tips such as sleeping on the plane and staying awake when you land, the effects of jetlag can be reduced.
The Changes To Existing Systems As A Result Of Brexit
In addition to Jetlag, there are also some new changes that those from the UK need to consider. Since Brexit taking place at the end of 2020, there have been changes to passports as well as the EHIC system that was once in place. The EHIC replacement known as the Global Health Insurance card is put in place for those UK residents traveling to Europe and provides them with either free healthcare or healthcare at a reduced cost. This UK GHIC card is a huge benefit to those that are traveling and should be applied for in advance, alongside a new passport if yours is out of date, to ensure you have one when you are traveling.
Remember To Transfer Over Some Currency
When traveling to Europe, you want to make sure that you are avoiding ATM tax and other small additional charges that banks add to international purchases. Therefore, taking the time to get your currency organized before you leave will not only limit overspending but will allow you to avoid these additional charges and make the most out of the money that you are bringing with you on your trip, regardless of the length of time you are traveling.
Remember About Data Roaming When European Traveling
The final element that you need to consider is the data roaming on your phone contract. Though many of these have data roaming that switches over automatically based on your location, some phone contracts will charge you when using your phone aboard. Should you find that your contract does not over Europe, there are alternative ways that you can communicate such as burner phones or using video calls over an internet connection. Also, some contracts can also be expanded to cover roaming in Europe should you need them to, so talking to your mobile phone provider will help.
With this in mind, there are several ways that you can begin to travel Europe like a native in just a few simple steps. Which of these will you be using when it comes time for you to begin your European travel again?