Brexit: How does it affect my Europe travel plans?

SO THE Brits voted to leave the EU, the pound dropped to its lowest level in three decades and the British PM is on his way out.

If you're anything like me - passport ready and bags packed to jet off to Europe - you might be wondering... how does this Brexit business affect me?

Helloworld Mackay managing director Steven Boxall told me that right now, it was tough to tell just what the implications were for travellers.

"We need to see it all unfold a little more to understand it," Mr Boxall said.

"From a currency point of view, it hasn't drastically changed the landscape. (The Australian dollar) has risen against the pound but against all other currencies it remains as it is.

"Right at the moment until things unfold, we have more discussions and clearer discussions it hasn't really changed too much for travellers."

Helloworld staff Jillian Agius, Steven Boxall, Alan Cooney and Laura Fordyce.
Helloworld staff Jillian Agius, Steven Boxall, Alan Cooney and Laura Fordyce. Tony Martin

Mr Boxall said the Brexit announcement hadn't done too much yet to put a dent in Mackay travellers' plans.

"The travelling public has become a lot more immune to these sorts of things. They're concerned and interested, of course, but they're still booking," he said.

In response to whether or not overseas flights would be discounted over coming months, Mr Boxall said it was tough to say.

"Travel is already at an all-time low, the price of flights... it's hard to imagine them getting much cheaper," he said.

"(Overseas flights cost) half of what they were five years ago. To America you can fly return for $1000 and Europe about $1400; sure you might be going with (a foreign) carrier but they're reputable."

With regards to what destinations were popular with Mackay travellers as we head into prime holiday season, Mr Boxall said a few overseas destinations were top of the list.

"The number one is cruising - there are so many ships that operate out of Australia now," he said.

"New Zealand is very popular, as is Asia. Right at the moment US and Canada as well.

"Canada is certainly a hot spot as it's cheaper to get there... the scenery is beautiful, there's no language barrier, the currency is easier and (it's) considered a very safe destination.

"We'll continue to monitor the (Brexit) situation; we live and breathe the travel industry."

As I continue to research the implications post-Brexit result, there are a few perks I've come across for travellers already beginning to show.


Cheaper air travel

European airline Ryanair this week offered flights within Europe for just £9.99 ($18 AUD).

Granted, when I went to take advantage of this offer I had to choose the option for extra baggage (+$40) but it was still a pretty great base rate!


Cheaper hotels

Since the announcement of the Brexit leave vote, the hotels I had already booked months ago have fallen considerably in price.

The upside? Because I'd booked places that were all free to cancel, I was able to re-book them at the heavily discounted rate.

I have been monitoring hotel prices in a few different places across my Europe itinerary and it's interesting to note since the Brexit result, it hasn't just been hotels in England that have dropped in price.

Cas Garvey

An extra visa

If the United Kingdom indeed separates from the EU, Aussies may need an extra visa. This means tourists will need one stamp on their passport for Britain, and another for Europe.

But from all accounts, the vote is unlikely to have any immediate effect for Australians travelling through the UK.

What other cheap deals have you found since the Brexit vote result was announced? Leave a comment below.

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