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    • Wellgood
    • By Wellgood 21st Sep 19, 4:22 PM
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    Surely it makes sense to.... 21st Sep 19 at 4:22 PM
    Surely it makes sense to NOT book any EU holiday during October half term as Brexit deadline is smack bang in the middle of that week. I'm asking my partner to just wait until we know whats happening but they just want to book now. Am i being too cautious?. I am a natural worst case scenario type of person and don't really fancy potentially being delayed at airports, long queues, etc. with the kids. Am i justified in holding off the booking till we know more? I think so but my partner thinks i'm worrying about nothing. Thanks for any opinions of what you'd do in same predicament.
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    • z1a
    • By z1a 21st Sep 19, 4:46 PM
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    I agree with your partner.
    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 21st Sep 19, 5:08 PM
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    • 21st Sep 19, 5:08 PM
    Not all half terms are the same week in October. Some schools also have two weeks.
    • Caz3121
    • By Caz3121 21st Sep 19, 5:11 PM
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    I'd be more worried about the price of a holiday at this late stage with Thomas Cook teetering.
    • Alan Bowen
    • By Alan Bowen 21st Sep 19, 5:30 PM
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    • 21st Sep 19, 5:30 PM
    If you don't book now, it will cost more nearer the time, the deal has been agreed even in a no-deal scenario that flights will continue as normal. The only issue will be delays at the borders and I suspect it may be on the way home, trying to get back into the UK rather than arriving or leaving another EU country that you could be waiting longer than now, but frankly no one knows
    • socks_uk
    • By socks_uk 21st Sep 19, 6:06 PM
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    • 21st Sep 19, 6:06 PM
    Half-term at the school I work at starts Friday 18th October and back at school on Tuesday 29th. I'm so looking forward to our coach trip to Italy with Shearings Coaches! (429 each all-inclusive!)
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    • mgdavid
    • By mgdavid 21st Sep 19, 8:15 PM
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    As this is MSE you could use Brexit as an excuse to can the whole idea of any holiday at halfterm and save the money for next time or a rainy day or add to the early retirement fund or whatever....
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    • Westin
    • By Westin 22nd Sep 19, 6:20 AM
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    Listen to your partner.
    • worldtraveller
    • By worldtraveller 22nd Sep 19, 6:34 AM
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    I personally wouldn't worry about it, but I would suggest you still read the DOT advice HERE on EU travel after Brexit.
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    • mattyprice4004
    • By mattyprice4004 22nd Sep 19, 5:14 PM
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    The doors aren't going to slam shut at midnight, sadly it looks like you've been sucked in by the propaganda.
    Your partner sounds like who you need to listen to
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 22nd Sep 19, 5:49 PM
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    Or you could always holiday in the UK.
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    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 30th Sep 19, 8:14 PM
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    If you are given to worrying, it could ruin the holiday. Go earlier (if possible) or not at all and take the family castle hunting in South Wales instead (not hard - higher density of castles in South Wales than anywhere in Europe!)

    Sure the weather may not be too friendly but who said Europe was rain free?
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 30th Sep 19, 8:44 PM
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    I'd be a little concerned about delays at the borders, but hopefully there aren't.

    I personally don't think Brexit will happen on the 31st October, but if it does flights should still run.

    I'm going Italy a week after the Brexit deadline. I'm getting my money before 31st October because knowing the exchange rates they'll temporarily plummet (like after the referendum, election, anytime Theresa May talked publicly!). I would exchange currency soon for the certainty of a semi decent rate
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 30th Sep 19, 10:35 PM
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    I would exchange currency soon for the certainty of a semi decent rate
    Originally posted by Sharon87
    There's no certainty whatsoever. The value of the pound may improve, stay the same as now, or decline.

    The perceived future influences are already reflected in the pound's current value by the market. Only unexpected events will cause a major change, such as the 2016 referendum result did.

    If you are exchanging cash, that already reduces your chances of benefit by ~3% because of the margin you pay on the exchange rate.
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 30th Sep 19, 10:50 PM
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    There's no certainty whatsoever. The value of the pound may improve, stay the same as now, or decline.

    The perceived future influences are already reflected in the pound's current value by the market. Only unexpected events will cause a major change, such as the 2016 referendum result did.

    If you are exchanging cash, that already reduces your chances of benefit by ~3% because of the margin you pay on the exchange rate.
    Originally posted by eDicky
    I get a decent cash rate (1.115 at the moment. xe.com shows exchange rate is 1.127 right now) at my local exchange place if I preorder online, so not too bad. I'm not going to exchange much.

    I think that rate is pretty good based on the past couple of years. There is no certainty with the exchange rate I agree, but every time anything leans towards brexit or a no deal brexit the pound has temporarily gone down for at least a couple of weeks. So I'm basing it off previous milestones of the Brexit process.

    If there's a deal it may go up and great. I'm not exchanging all of my money, just some of it (Martin suggests half and half if you're not certain and want to secure a rate you're happy with)
    • cubegame
    • By cubegame 30th Sep 19, 11:03 PM
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    Why would anyone worry about getting stuck in their holiday destination? Free extra holiday....duh!
    • bobblebob
    • By bobblebob 1st Oct 19, 5:37 AM
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    My mate originally booked to fly on Brexit day before the extension. Why worry? Nothing is going to change other than maybe extra security checks.
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 1st Oct 19, 10:18 AM
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    Why would anyone worry about getting stuck in their holiday destination? Free extra holiday....duh!
    Originally posted by cubegame
    I know, when my flight got cancelled because of the French air traffic control I got an extra 24 hours in Ibiza. Lots of people were stressing and there I was thinking 'woohoo another extra day, better text work I won't be in tomorrow!' It can't be helped if flights get cancelled, your employer/schools will understand.
    • maman
    • By maman 1st Oct 19, 10:29 AM
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    I know, when my flight got cancelled because of the French air traffic control I got an extra 24 hours in Ibiza. Lots of people were stressing and there I was thinking 'woohoo another extra day, better text work I won't be in tomorrow!' It can't be helped if flights get cancelled, your employer/schools will understand.
    Originally posted by Sharon87
    That's fine if you're told to stay put at the resort but often people are required to turn up for a flight that just gets delayed and delayed and delayed.

    Personally it the week spanning 31st October was the only time I could get leave then I'd book if you can find something that's good value. It might be better waiting a short while as if people refuse to pay the inflated post Thomas Cook prices then the cost might come down a bit.

    It's all speculation though and if you want to be safe then have a holiday in the UK.
    • bradders1983
    • By bradders1983 1st Oct 19, 10:29 AM
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    Why would anyone worry about getting stuck in their holiday destination? Free extra holiday....duh!
    Originally posted by cubegame
    The idea of it sounds great but the reality is a faff. I assume not everyone can afford the extra outlay to pay for extra accommodation and/or food, then there is missing time off work (possibly unpaid), excess car parking charges etc.
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