According to the Foreign Office, only 14% of British people know that the equivalent of dialling 999 when you are in Europe is dialling 112. You will usually get through to a call centre with English-speaking operators.
If you’re fond of winter weather, Norway and Sweden can be stunningly beautiful in February and March, with cross-country skiing, dog-sledding and ice fishing all available.
February is also one of the best times of year to see the Northern Lights in Norway, a stunning natural spectacle in the sky.http://www.visitnorway.com/uk/What-to-do/Attractions-Culture/Nature-attractions-in-Norway/Let-there-be-northern-lights/
At this time of year, European city breaks to take in a spot of culture are also popular. Alongside the obvious delight of Paris, we’ve heard good reports from many people who have recently been to Barcelona: the Spanish city is well-liked by most British people who visit, due to its beauty and wide range of cultural activities.
Finally, if you want to enjoy the beauty of Amsterdam without the stag-dos, now is a good time to visit. Amsterdam is a relaxed, friendly and picturesque city, very different to London, and it’s a great place to unwind for a few days.
If you’ve been shivering in the British snow, take a trip to Tenerife to warm up! According to the Met Office, the next few days will see temperatures of 18-20C (65-68F) – not surprising when you consider that the Canary Islands are south-west of Spain, and are actually as close to the equator as African countries like Morocco and Egypt! However, by going to Tenerife you can avoid political instability and take advantage of low-cost European travel insurance with EHICPlus. You’ll also find that Tenerife is not as humid at this time of year as it is in the summer months. For maximum warmth, head to the south of the island. There are still things to do in Tenerife at this time of year, with colourful parades and carnivals in February and March. If that’s not quite your thing, feel free to stay on the beach!
With the weather being so cold, there’s a chance your flight could be cancelled. See our Christmas newsletter for some good advice; here’s some more:
1. Queue at the gate desk, but phone your airline’s customer service number at the same time. Then you can speak to whoever you reach first.
2. If you or someone you are with has a Twitter account that you can use on your phone, post tweets about your situation. Make sure you include the name of the airport and the airline. Stay polite! Some airlines have customer service staff who monitor Twitter and can respond quickly to you (as much to avoid bad publicity as anything else!)
3. If the airport has a wi-fi internet connection, you might be able to rebook your ticket online using the airline’s website. You will most likely then be able to print out your new boarding passes at an airport kiosk.
By the way: don’t forget to make sure your checked-in travel bags are taken into account and will find their way to you!