Are you a Stateside fan, or do you love Europe?
Both have major selling points, but when faced with a choice, where do you go?
If you’re still undecided on whether to head east or west, let’s pit the two against each other.
The most obvious advantage to choosing a European destination is the distance. A flight to any part of Europe isn’t going to be anything more than around the four or five hours’ mark, which is a very manageable amount of time. Many low cost airlines also fly to most European destinations, so you can save money here. Be sure to check your flight information before you leave the house, regardless of which airline you choose, to check for any potential delays. I flew to Barcelona last week, checking my BA flight status online on the morning of my flight, and was suitably reassured.
Aside from the lesser distance, European destinations are always going to cost less overall, because you’re not travelling as far, and you don’t have to go for as long. If you fancy a weekend break to a European city, you can decide at the very last minute, and often find a flight for less than the cost of a train fare to the capital!
On top of this, you have the destinations themselves, and this truly is a continent with something for everyone. For culture fans, you’re going to be spoilt for choice, however for beach fans, you have infinite choices too. Paris, Rome, Milan, all the huge fashion cities beg for a shopping expedition, and the beach resorts of Portugal, Spain, and Greece are packed during the summer months with families enjoying a break in the sun.
Put simply, Europe offers choices and diversity.
The plus point of the USA? There’s every kind of landscape you can imagine all in one country! It’s a huge country, you should keep that in mind, but travelling around is relatively easy, thanks to good air connections between major towns and cities, and a long distance bus network too, which is a great way to see more on the go!
Las Vegas is your destination for getting away from it all and hopefully winning big, Orlando is theme park heaven, LA is where you might hit the big time, head to New York for a bite of the big apple, or head inland to experience the real heart of America.
Orlando is a major pull for families wanting to experience the magic of Disney and Universal, and this has become more affordable over the years. The downside is obviously the length of the flight, no matter which part of the country you’re heading to, however you will travel in relative comfort, and flights aren’t as expensive as they used to be.
Visa-wise, the ESTA is now in operation, meaning you need to head online and obtain your ESTA ahead of time, and if you’re refused an ESTA you will need to apply in a more formal manner for your visa permission. Obviously check with the consulate website of your country of origin to ensure you are within the ESTA programme.
USA or Europe? The choice is yours!