Best island for British expats named – ‘sunburnt all the time’ | Travel News | Travel

British expats still deciding on a destination for their relocations may be looking to far-flung places. While Bali, Hawai’i and the Caribbean are attractive options, there are idyllic islands closer to home.

The Postcard Academy podcast said: “Move over Bali, Gran Canaria is the new hot spot for expats.”

With plenty of sun and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the Canary Islands, just a hop and skip away, could be the best destination for British expats.

With Gran Canaria, expats, digital nomads and entrepreneurs have found their dream destination.

The main Canaries’ island offers plenty of opportunities for British expats and there is a large expat community.

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On an expat forum, user Boseley wrote: “I live in the Canary Islands and have done for quite a number of years.

“We have an excellent lifestyle, the cost of living is a lot cheaper than the UK, we do not have any heating or air conditioning bills.

“We have a garden and find we can grow almost anything here.

“The islands have been described as the Fortunate Islands, with a climate of eternal springtime.


“If we are lucky we receive seven good days of rain annually, lack of wet stuff falling from the sky is a problem.

“I like Las Palmas, a large bustling city with plenty of culture and splendid shops.

“There is also a large city beach called Las Canteras and many smaller towns and villages on or near the coast.”

When one British expat asked where locals would recommend to move, Lola Penate wrote: “For some diversity, culture and shopping I recommend the east coast where you can be in the city in 30 minutes while avoiding the clouds which form more often in the north of the island, even in the summer.

He also explained what the clouds in the north of the island were all about.

He said: “In the Summer months, between the 15th of June and the 15th of September, you have the ‘Panza de burro’ (donkey belly) which is a ‘big cloud’ that covers the north of the island (you can easily go one week without sun). I love it as I’m not sunburnt all the time, but many people hate it.”

Peter recommended the north of the island for working British expats.

He said Las Palmas had “better food, local people, better social life, fewer tourists, co-working spaces, faster internet” and was more “authentic and cheaper”.

However, he also pointed out fewer people spoke English in the north than in the more touristy south.

Wherever British expats decide to move to on the island, the Canary Island, and Gran Canaria in particular, are some of the best islands in the world to move to for British expats.

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British expats: Finance expert shares important tips for expats including pension | Travel News | Travel

Many British expats have family and friends in the UK and might need to regularly send money back.

Nilan told “Don’t be tricked by hidden fees when sending money ‘home’.

“While you might be living in warmer climes, it’s highly likely that you’ll still have ties to the UK, so when it comes to sending money ‘home’, you want to get a good deal.

“But it can be hard to understand what a ‘good deal’ is when banks purposefully blur the lines between exchange rates, commission and markups.

“While you might be told there’s zero fees, and no commission, banks and other providers can make huge profits by offering you a poor rate and pocketing the difference.

“Use an online currency converter to check out the mid-market exchange rate, and use this as a benchmark when comparing rates offered by your bank or other currency services.”

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Tenerife holidays: British tourists react to new holiday restrictions – ‘Bonkers’ | Travel News | Travel

The maximum number of people allowed to meet up inside and outdoors in Tenerife is six. Covid passports have to be shown to enter every venue on the island.

Pubs and restaurants now have to close their doors at 12am under the new rules and will also have limited capacity.

The regional Government raised Tenerife’s alert level due to rising cases of Covid on the island.

Some British tourists have said the new rules would put them off holidaying in Tenerife. reader ‘Floydsview’ said: “Don’t go to Tenerife. It’s not a holiday, it’s more like a detention. Sad but true.

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“And the vaccination pass to go into restaurants etc. is discrimination. Never before in the history of mankind have you had to show a medical pass to spend your money in a restaurant or bar. What next.”

To qualify for a Covid pass British tourists will need to be fully vaccinated, recently recovered or have a negative test result.

Longbranch262: “People must be bonkers to consider flying anywhere at the moment.”

All British tourists will need to be vaccinated to travel to Spain. Children under the age of 12 are exempt.


Another reader said: “We are here at the moment. We have been coming here for 20 years and other than facemasks requirement we wouldn’t know any difference.”

One person said they felt that the bar closing time was the only real difference from normal life in Tenerife.

They commented: “The only real difference from before is all the bars shut at midnight instead of 1am.

“But it’s winter so the sun goes down around six, so all you need to do is head to the bar an hour earlier than last week.”

However another reader said they felt that “Spain is shooting itself in the foot I fear” with the new restrictions.

British tourists returning from Tenerife will need to take a lateral flow test on or before day two after travel.

They must purchase a test from a Government approved provider which are listed on the Government website.

Other Canary Islands including La Gomera and El Hierro are still at level two Covid alert and have less restrictions.

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British Airways: Airline cancels hundreds of flights until spring | Travel News | Travel

The Baltimore, New Orleans, and Nashville routes had only reopened for British travellers late last year, when the US finally lifted its 20-month ban.

The Baltimore route returned on November 19, followed by Nashville and New Orleans on December 9.

The rise in Covid cases around the world has meant a decline in flight bookings and has consequently led to routes once again being suspended.

British travellers will no longer be able to book flights to Nashville, New Orleans, and Baltimore until the spring.

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British expat property predictions for 2022 – ‘old favourites’ are back | Travel News | Travel

While British expats tend to favour Spain’s Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol, there’s one destination where Britons should be able to get a bargain in 2022. Turkey is a fantastic choice for expats looking for a deal on a property.

Christopher told “The Turkish lira has collapsed to half its value against the pound in the past year, but will that tempt buyers?

“Unfortunately it doesn’t quite translate to Turkish property being half the price but it does mean that your UK pension will go even further.”

Some of the top areas for British expats in Turkey include Kusadasi or Altinkum on the coast.

Fethiye, Antalya and Dalaman have endless options for British expats seeking warm weather and pretty beaches.

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British people who opt to relocate to Turkey can expect delicious food and thriving expat communities.

Expats willing to pay £120,000 for a villa in Fethiye should be able to snap up a property with a pool and landscaped gardens.

The cost of living is much lower in Turkey than in the UK and expats should expect to pay less for groceries and dining out.

The Turkish diet is a fusion of Mediterranean, Balkan and Middle Eastern cuisine and is very healthy in moderation.


While Turkey could see a surge in popularity with British buyers, Christopher said he expects some old favourites to be back.

He told “We expect the old favourites in Western Europe to come back strongly in 2022.

“At Property Guides, we’re finding that British people have saved a lot of money in the past two years.

“They’re more than happy to spend a bit of that money on an immigration specialist to fill in the forms for a visa to retire in France, Italy, Portugal or Spain.”

He added: “France has never dipped in popularity despite Brexit or Covid.” British buyers tend to opt for Brittany or southern France.

Since Brexit, relocating to the EU has become more complicated for British expats but it is far from impossible.

Hiring specialist help in 2022 will help expats avoid any pitfalls and find a visa that’s right for them.

Alternatively, British people could opt to purchase a second home within an EU country to use during the winter months.

British citizens are allowed to spend 90 out of every 180 days in the EU so could enjoy several months a year at their holiday home.

Christopher told “The USA should come back, as long as flights continue in 2022.

“However, buyers may be put off by prices being 25 percent higher in Florida than last year and the US dollar being stronger.”

British expats might face higher prices if they’re looking to purchase a property in the USA in 2022.

Find out more about expat property at Property Guides

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Skiing in British Columbia: A look at the options

The powder highway refers to a mountainous paradise that covers a roughly 630-mile loop through the Kootenay Rockies, Monashees, Selkirks and Purcells. A skier could spend months road-tripping the length of the powder highway, or they could choose to visit one spot and still have a dizzying array of options. With more than 60 ski operators, including traditional resorts, cat- and heli-skiing operations, and guided backcountry touring, the powder highway is a winter sports promised land. Add excellent food and lodging and friendly Canadians to the equation, and there are few reasons not to plan a powder highway trip this season.

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Travel news live: Latest updates as France to ban British tourists

France is to ban UK tourists from midnight on Saturday.

Only travel for “compelling reasons” between the two countries will be permitted, following a surge in omicron cases in Britain.

However, French citizens and their spouses, partners and children will still be able to return to France from the UK.

Meanwhile, Greece is the latest country to introduce tighter travel rules in response to the threat of the omicron coronavirus variant.

From 19 December, all international arrivals, including those from the EU, will need to present a negative PCR test taken within the 48 hours prior to arrival.

The Greek government announced the move on Wednesday, following in the footsteps of Italy, which introduced similar restrictions the day before.

The current entry requirements for Greece stipulate that travellers from the UK don’t need to present a negative test if they can prove full vaccination or recovery from Covid-19.

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Emirates completes A380 fleet with 123rd delivery of iconic aircraft

Emirates today received delivery of its 123rd Airbus A380 superjumbo jet. The aircraft, registered as A6-EVS, is also the final new A380 aircraft to join Emirates’ fleet.

Emirates was the first airline to announce an order for the A380 at the 2000 Farnborough Air Show when the aircraft was still marketed as the A3XX. This was followed with an additional order for 15 more units at the 2001 Dubai Air Show.

The latest Emirates A380 to be delivered features the airline’s latest signature products onboard including First Class Private Suites and Shower Spas, the A380 Onboard Bar, its new Premium Economy cabin, and the latest inflight entertainment systems.

Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, said: “The A380 is a truly special aircraft in so many ways. For Emirates, it gave us the opportunity to redefine the travel experience, efficiently serve demand at slot-constrained airports, and bolster our network growth. The A380 will remain Emirates’ flagship product for the coming years, and a vital pillar of our network plans.

“We’d like to thank Airbus and all of our programme partners for enabling us to push the envelope to introduce many innovative ‘industry firsts’, and importantly, deliver the best product for Emirates’ customers.”

Helen Coffey16 December 2021 16:41


Simon Calder to answer you questions live in five minutes

The Independent’s expert travel correspondent Simon Calder will answer your questions live between 4-5pm today, following the news that leisure travel to France is about to be banned.

There’s still time to submit a question – simply click the link below and leave your travel query in the comments section underneath the article.

Simon will kick off answering them in five minutes’ time:

Helen Coffey16 December 2021 15:55


‘Come back to help out’: Ryanair trolls Rishi Sunak over California trip

Ryanair has once again “trolled” the UK government on social media, imploring Rishi Sunak to “Come back to help out”.

The British chancellor is currently in California, prompting his critics to claim he is “missing in action” as omicron rates surge across the UK.

“It’s not often we plug our rivals, but there’s [sic] plenty of flights from California back to the UK if you’ve got urgent business to attend to #comebacktohelpout,” Europe’s biggest budget airline tweeted, alongside a graphic of Mr Sunak.

Helen Coffey16 December 2021 15:38


Just 45 international tourists visited Bali in 2021

Bali was visited by just 45 foreign tourists in the first 10 months of 2021.

Figures published by the Bali Central Statistics Agency show that most visits to the province took place at the beginning of the year, when the Indonesian island welcomed 10 tourists in January and another 12 in February.

The quietest months were July, August and September. During this time, Bali welcomed no foreign tourists.

“That is the lowest number of foreign tourist visits we’ve ever recorded,” Nyoman Gede Gunadika, section head of tourism for Bali Province, told CNN.

Saman Javed16 December 2021 14:51


Heathrow given green light to raise passenger charges by more than 50%

Passengers travelling through Heathrow Airport could be hit by an increase in charges of more than 50 per cent from next month.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the cap on the west London airport’s price per passenger will be £30.19 from 1 January.

The current charge is £19.60.

Charges are paid by airlines but are generally passed on to passengers in air fares.

Neil Lancefield16 December 2021 14:03


Johnson has yet to speak to Macron about France travel ban

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson said that the UK had been informed in advance of the French decision to ban British leisure travellers but said that the PM had not spoken with President Emmanuel Macron about it.

“It is up to individual countries to decide their approach,” said the spokesperson.

“We’ve maintained that travel abroad will be different this year and that countries may impose border measures at short notice in line with their own policies in line with rising omicron cases around the world.

“We have removed countries from the red list, as this was no longer an effective or proportionate to slow the import of omicron from abroad, given it is now seeded throughout the world.”

Andrew Woodcock16 December 2021 12:57


‘Now is not the time to travel’, Canada’s health minister warns residents

Canada has asked residents to avoid all non-essential international travel due to fears about the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant.

Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, 15 December, health minister Jean-Yves Duclos said “the situation abroad is already dire in many places” and “is going to get worse very quickly”.

“To those who were planning to travel, I say very clearly — now is not the time to travel,” he said. “The rapid spread of the omicron variant on a global scale makes us fear the worst.

“We’re afraid for what could happen to them if they leave Canada. Travelling Canadians could contract the virus or get stranded abroad.”

Saman Javed16 December 2021 12:32


Simon Calder to answer your questions live from 4-5pm today

The Independent’s travel correspondent Simon Calder will answer your questions live between 4-5pm today, following the news that leisure travel to France is about to be banned.

Only travelling for “compelling reasons” between France and the UK will be permitted from midnight on Saturday 18 December.

Meanwhile, Greece is also tightening up testing restrictions for international arrivals.

Click below to submit your travel question in the comment section underneath the article – then return to the web page at 4pm when Simon will be answering as many queries as he can in an hour:

Helen Coffey16 December 2021 12:05


Heathrow boss demands ‘playbook for living with Covid’ from government

Writing exclusively for The Independent, Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye has called on the government to provide a “playbook for living with Covid” if the UK aviation sector is ever to recover.

“What we want from government is a playbook for living with Covid,” he said. “We support bringing in restrictions quickly, but they should be removed just as quickly – either when the threat is found to be less risky, or when the new variant becomes endemic in the UK, as is now the case.

“If ministers remove the additional tests before Christmas, it will give Brits the confidence to book travel over New Year, when 20 per cent of all bookings are made. That will give the aviation sector the confidence to plan for a doubling of passenger numbers next year.”

Read his full comment piece here:

Helen Coffey16 December 2021 11:55


What are the new France travel restrictions and when do they start?

The sudden prohibition on travel to France by British visitors has thrown many thousands of plans into disarray.

In response to the surging cases of the omicron variant in the UK, France has imposed tough new rules that take effect from 0.01am on Saturday 18 December.

They apply regardless of vaccination status.

Only a “compelling reason” is permitted for travel from the UK to France. While French people will be able to travel, all holidays and business trips for British travellers are off until further notice.

The Independent’s travel correspondent, Simon Calder, has all the key questions and answers on the latest measures; click below for his full explainer:

Helen Coffey16 December 2021 11:34

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British expats in Ireland warn fellow Britons: ‘Don’t be a stuck up arrogant Brit’ | Travel News | Travel

Jeff Smith answered a question on Quora about the way Irish people see Britons in Ireland.

He said: “There are approximately 300,000 Brits living in Ireland including me, English born. I don’t know the breakdown between English, Scottish or Welsh. I have heard Scottish accents, but not any Welsh.”

Jeff shared he had not “bothered renewing my UK passport” and was quite content where he was.

Eamon O’Kelly, who grew up in Ireland, said Britons were welcomed.

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Jeff Smith answered a question on Quora about the way Irish people see Britons in Ireland.

He said: “There are approximately 300,000 Brits living in Ireland including me, English born. I don’t know the breakdown between English, Scottish or Welsh. I have heard Scottish accents, but not any Welsh.”

Jeff shared he had not “bothered renewing my UK passport” and was quite content where he was.

Eamon O’Kelly, who grew up in Ireland, said Britons were welcomed.

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