The Impact of Brexit on Travelers

With a final deadline of March 29, 2019 quickly approaching and uncertainty still looming over the status of Brexit and the Irish border, travelers may be curious about the effect this has on them. Here is a guide for understanding the impact of Brexit on you and your travels.

Passports

  • As of now, citizens can travel freely between Schengen area countries with a valid passport.
  • After the March deadline, travelers will need to follow new passport rules.
    • Passport must be issued within the last 10 years.
    • Passport must be valid for 3 months upon arrival.
  • U.K. nationals will need to follow the following passport rules.
    • Passport must be valid for 6 months upon arrival.
  • Travel to Ireland will still fall under the Common Travel Area arrangements.
    • U.K. will not need a passport to visit Ireland.

Driving

  • Citizens of the U.K. may be required to hold an International Driving Permit.
    • This allows citizens of the U.K. to freely drive around the European Union (EU).

 

Immigration

  • EU must decide whether U.K. citizens need a visa to enter the union.
    • If required to have a visa, U.K. immigrants will be required to purchase a £52, 90-day Schengen visa.
  • If not required, there is a good chance there no visa will be required for EU citizens when traveling to enter the U.K.
  • Delays are expected as building a new immigration plan and infrastructure will take years of negotiations.

For more information on travel to the U.K. and beyond, please contact Fox World Travel at online or at 888.369.8785.

Source: BCD

 

Top 5 Reasons for a Disney Christmas Vacation

By Vacation Travel Consultant, Katie Tappa

No matter what time of year you visit the wonderful world of Disney, there is magic to behold. A Disney Christmas vacation is uniquely special though in that it is unlike any other season. This truly magnificent place comes to life in so many ways. Here are a few of my favorite reasons to visit Mickey and the gang this holiday season.

5. Unique Snacks
Disney Christmas Vacation - Food & Drinks

 

Every winter, Disney’s California Adventure Park welcomes the Festival of the Holidays; a culinary celebration of Holiday traditions from around the world. This is the perfect time to skip a table service reservation and snack your way around the park instead. There are plenty of sweets, snacks, and sippers to satisfy any mouseketeer! Not to be outdone, a ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in Florida includes hot cocoa, Christmas cookies, and other goodies at select locations throughout Magic Kingdom. What better way to enjoy all of the holiday magic than with a tasty treat in hand?

 

 

4. Festive Decorations

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Disney has a unique style, and the holidays are certainly no exception. With hundreds of decorated Christmas trees spread all over the Disney parks, hotels and in both Disney Springs and Downtown Disney, you could easily spend a whole evening enjoying their beauty. Each year, Cinderella Castle in Florida and Sleeping Beauty Castle in California are frozen over (I suspect there is a queen to blame for that) with more than 200,000 Christmas lights. Experience sights and sounds that ring in the season perfectly and are not available any other time of year.

 

 

3. Jolly Parades 

Disney Christmas Vacation - Parades

 

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade might have the balloons, but at Disney parades are all about the characters. Both Disney parks seamlessly blend together classic Christmas characters (a certain holly jolly man) and the Disney characters you know and love. In Florida, you’ll enjoy Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and in California there’s A Christmas Fantasy. Each parade tells a unique story, while still combining elements fans have come to love. Once you hear the wooden clap of toy soldiers marching down Main Street, U.S.A., you’ll know that Christmastime is here.

 

 

2. Ride Overlays

Disney Christmas Vacation - Rides

 

California really shines in this category. For the holiday season Disneyland overlays three of its most famous rides with special Christmas themes. The classic Haunted Mansion is taken over by Jack Skellington and his friends from The Nightmare Before Christmas, the quirky and wonderful Jungle Cruise becomes Jingle Cruise, and It’s a Small World is adorned with more than half a million Christmas lights. These grand, beautiful thematic changes create a whole new ride experience for guests that can only be enjoyed during this time of year. Walt Disney World is starting to add a few enhancements to their rides at Magic Kingdom, so hopefully we’ll have even more new experiences in the Christmases to come!

 

 

1. Magical Moments

Disney Christmas Vacation - The magic

 

Truly, the most magical memories that will be made on your Disney Christmas vacation are the ones you can’t plan and that you experience in the moment. Disney and its cast members find ways to create surprises for even the most organized itinerary. You may wake up at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel to find Stitch scamming through the presents under the lobby’s beautiful ocean-themed Christmas tree. Or, while strolling down Main Street U.S.A, holding hands with your loved one, you may suddenly feel something cool brush your cheek – it’s that magical Disney snow flurrying around you. No one does magic better than Disney, and there is no time of the year more magical than the holidays.

 


Find out what those moments might be for your family by contacting one of our Disney Dream Team Specialists or call 888.369.8785. 

 

 

What Makes the Gift of Travel Special

A guest post by Rose Gray

A story I still think about to this day starts 30 years ago, when I was at the beginning of my career as a travel consultant. My best friend’s father owned an electrical contracting company and he decided to give a four-day Caribbean cruise with airfare to his 20 employees and their guests, and he needed my help with these secret arrangements.

Our planning started by finding the best time for this grand getaway. Due to January and February freezing people over, we decided those were the best months for travel. Next, my friend’s father methodically planned a schedule that allowed each supervisor, four-member team and their spouses to travel together. I then went through the process of putting together airport transfers, airfare, transfers in Fort Lauderdale to the pier, and a magnificent four-day Caribbean cruise in a balcony cabin for each group. After our hard work, I was excited to hear about the reactions of his employees.

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Sail the World on an Epic Journey in 2020

Adventures don’t come any bigger than this: visiting more than 25 countries and five continents on one cruise. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of each region as you chat with friendly locals. Bond with fellow guests who share your passion for exploration. Spice up your life and palate on board and ashore with authentic regional cuisine. Observe ancient customs and modern cityscapes.
Expand your horizons on a sailing as unrivaled as it is extraordinary.
We invite you to explore the uniqueness that is a World Cruise with Princess Cruises.

5 Haunted Destinations to Visit on Halloween

With Halloween here, we wanted to highlight some of the globe’s spookiest haunts. If you can’t handle your horror, we suggest you go elsewhere because the places on this list are not for the faint of heart. But, if you find the frightening fabulous, then this list of haunted destinations is for you!

Haunted Destinations - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

This beautiful hotel is nestled amongst the Canadian Rockies and has been serving guests since 1888. While it may look stunning on the inside and out, be wary of what you’ll uncover when you stay here. With such a long history, this hotel has had it’s fair share of haunting stories. Continue reading

Celebrity Cruises on the Edge

A Quest to the Galapagos

Celebrity Cruises® transports you on an intimate journey to one of the world’s richest marine ecosystems: the Galápagos Islands. A double UNESCO World Heritage site, these dramatic volcanic islets grant endless entertainment as playful sea lions splash about while iconic blue-footed boobies stand proudly atop blackened rocks. Plus, the recent addition of two ships to the Celebrity Cruises® fleet gives you even more all-inclusive voyages to choose from as we plan your Galapagos cruise.

 

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Glide Across the Globe with Crystal Cruises

Illuminating European Voyages:

From your first sip of chilled bubbly to evenings gathered around a grand piano, there’s a sense of luxury that is synonymous with the Crystal® experience. In just over two years of sailing, Crystal River Cruises has quietly emerged as a leader in the classic European river cruise experience. We’ll show you some of the finest moments you’ll enjoy when we reserve your vacation.

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Magical Celebrations at Walt Disney World

With special limited-time events, it’s a magical time to visit Walt Disney World resort.  Check out a festival of flavors at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, join Donald Duck and his pals for Donald’s Dino-Bash! and get ready for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  And it’s never too early to plan to celebrate the holidays with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Epcot International Festivals of the Holidays.

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Alaska Facts and Information

Alaska is unlike any other state. Full of mountains, wildlife and adventure; Alaska is something that everyone should experience. Whether you’re traveling by cruise, land or our Land+Sea Journeys, you’re almost guaranteed to have a great time. But, before you travel somewhere new, it’s nice to know some information about your destination. Keep reading for Alaska facts and information that may help you on your journey to the last frontier.

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The Importance of Supplier Relationships for Travel Programs

Better business travel outcomes with strong supplier relationships

It’s all about who you know, even when it comes to corporate travel solutions. As a travel agency serving business, vacation and meeting and incentive travelers, having trusted supplier relationships with our vendors has a big impact on the customer experience. Here’s how strong supplier relationships can benefit travelers and corporate travel programs.

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