Americans struggling to make sense of Britain’s unexpected vote to leave the European Union can find a silver lining amid the financial fallout. Thanks to the Brexit, travel to Britain this year may be more affordable than it has been in decades.
International travel isn't common for U.S. citizens, accounting for only 3 percent of leisure trips in 2014, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office. Americans who did travel abroad spent an average of $88 a day, an amount that will stretch even further now as the British pound sterling declines in value. Combine the favorable currency exchange with already cheap airfare, and 2016 is a great time for Americans to cross the pond.
The U.K. consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, all of which are worthwhile destinations for novice and experienced travelers alike. England has an abundance of tourist attractions, ranging from Stonehenge to London's Big Ben to surfing in Cornwall. In Wales, travelers can explore rugged coastlines one day and impressive castles the next. From the Scottish Isles to the Scottish Highlands, Scotland, home to Donald Trump’s latest golf course, will keep active travelers busy. Northern Ireland’s rolling hills and stunning vistas make for an outstanding road trip destination, if you can remember to drive on the left side of the road.
If you still need convincing, watch the video above for the top three reasons to travel to Britain right now.