It’s Brexit day! Except it isn’t.

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Today should have been the day we leave the EU. Except, as we all now know, it isn’t happening. At least not for a few more days at least.

Benidorm – it looks as though holidays in EU countries will be unaffected this Easter and summer

For us holidaymakers and travellers, this means… well, to be truthful, I’m not sure what it means for the rest of the year. A few more months of uncertainty certainly, but in the short term it means that there will be an upsurge in last minute Easter bookings because everything will remain the same as it is now.

But we already knew that airspace would be open and that we wouldn’t need visas. Both the EU and the UK had announced that previously but it didn’t stop any number of potential travellers from deciding that they wouldn’t holiday in the EU in the short-term. Some even cancelled holidays and lost their deposits.

Why were some of us so nervous about holidaying in EU countries when we had been assured that there would be no problem?

I think part of the answer might be due to so many companies and organisations issuing commentaries about what might or might not happen. One minute we were told we might need additional insurance because existing travel policies may not cover us, another and we are told we might face delays in processing at our destinations. Renew passports if there is less than six months validity was one piece of advice before we were told there would be a logjam issuing them if we all applied at once.

At the time of my writing this, everything looks fine for overseas Easter breaks and, if there is no exiting the EU until October 31st,  summer holidays should be unaffected. But that’s the view at this minute. It might all change in a day or two!

There will be one group of disappointed people – those in the home tourism market. They had been looking forward to a bonanza year. That, now, might not happen. But then again, it might. Who knows? And there’s the problem. None of us do. So no wonder there is so much confusion.

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