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Brexit has changed a lot of things for UK travelers. The UK is no longer part of the EU and UK travelers to the EU are now treated like all other non-EU travelers. I have outlined the most important below. To Enter an EU Country: You may need to show proof of accommodation reservations or a return ticket to home to enter the EU (the first country you enter in the EU). Passport: Must not expire within 6 months of the start of your trip. Time allowed in EU: UK residents are now the same as other non-EU countries - you can visit the EU for 90 days out of 180 days. Health Insurance: UK GHIC/EHIC health insurance cards (free to UK residents) cover your medical costs in EU countries, as they did before Brexit (this was negotiated in our...
Planning a trip to Europe is time consuming, so start planning well in advance of the trip. If you will be staying in vacation rentals, start planning at least six months before your travel dates so you can book the accommodations that you want. The Very First Thing to Do Check your passport - Most countries require that your passport be valid for six months past the start date of your trip. Check your passport and renew it if necessary. Planning and Preparation If this your first trip to Europe start by reading a good "Introduction to Europe" travel guide. I recommend: Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door: The Travel Skills Handbook or The Rough Guide to First-Time Europe Decide When to Go - High season in Europe is July and...
Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen own and run the Slow Europe website. Pauline was the founder of Slow Travel (slowtrav.com), a large online travel community, which she ran from 2000 to 2007. She sold the website to Internet Brands Inc. in 2007 and they ran it for ten years until they closed the website in 2017. Pauline started the Slow Europe website in 2009. The Travel Forums were added in 2014. Over the years the Slow Europe website has changed. It started as a list of resources for finding vacation rentals in Europe with some travel articles, then travel forums were added. We then added a system to display day trips - things to do in different countries. Originally the travel articles and day trips were separate from the forums but...
What is Geocaching? Geocaching is an electronic treasure hunt. One finds caches at listed GPS co-ordinates. Why Geocache? Many geocaches are in interesting or picturesque places. I would have missed once in a lifetime views had I not hunted geocaches. Most memorable is the panoramic view I was treated to high above Ephesus. If one has children or grandchildren, it is a way to engage the whole family in an activity. Some geocaches are listed as “child friendly” and contain small toys. There are numerous meets throughout Europe and the Americas where one can exchange ideas and establish new friendships. Many cities have local clubs that meet regularly. Some sponsor events. Equipment: One requires a GPS unit or a smartphone with GPS...

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