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The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.
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What You Need to Know If You Visit North America in 2022

With travel restrictions lifting and people getting more confident travelling – it may be time to start planning your next trip. One place – with endless places – to visit is North America (especially Canada, the United States, and Mexico). If you are considering a trip there – here are some things you should know – from fun and food to safety and getting around - before you travel.

Booming Sports Betting Industry

Over the last three years, one industry that has exploded in North America is sports betting. From the increase in quality from online legal betting sites to professional sports teams partnering with sportsbooks, things have changed. No longer are Canada and the United States marred by one famous incident from 1919. Some eventual plans include introducing physical betting within multiple stadiums – but that is something that has yet to take off.

Diverse Culture Brings World-Class Food 

North America – especially the large cities in Canada and the United States – is very diverse. With diversity comes an amazing and ever-evolving food scene from all over the globe. From the traditional slice of New York pizza to Peruvian-Japanese fusion – there is something for every palate and every occasion. If you have places in mind, make sure you check ahead of what the city is known for. It is also recommended to talk to locals, who will know some hidden gems and underrated spots, that may not show up on a simple Google search.

Wine that can Compete with Europe

Once concentrated to just the Napa Valley region in California, wine has exploded in North America – with many regions – through their years of experience – figuring out the best varietals and winemaking methods to produce higher quality wines. Many of the most popular regions are within a reasonable distance from major metropolitan areas. That means getting to the regions is easy and adding one to part of your trip is very doable.

Make Sure you Check Travel Advisory

While much of North America is safe for travelling, there are a few countries and regions within countries that may have a travel advisory. Make sure you check before you travel to ensure the safety of yourself and your friends and family. One place currently under advisory is Haiti – so if you have any plans of visiting the island nation, make sure you check beforehand before finalizing your trip.

Outside of Major Cities, You need a Car (and even in some you do) 

Depending on where you are in North America determines what you need to get around. For the big cities, public transit is often an option – but not always. New York City is very accessible by subway and bus. On the other hand, Los Angeles has an underdeveloped transit system and is still reliant on cars. It is possible to get to most places in LA without a car – just expect it to take a while. If you are outside a major city you will want to rent a car. Many smaller cities are appealing due to the surrounding area. To get to surrounding attractions – often wilderness/outdoor activity – you will need a car.

Different Currencies for Most Countries

Excluding a few smaller nations that have adopted the US dollar – everywhere in North America uses a different currency. You can use the US dollar in some countries that use their own currency. However, it is more expensive to do so. Most places in Canada and the United States accept credit cards, meaning it is not an issue. But if you are planning to visit multiple countries, bring currency from each. And if you must exchange it, try and do it at a bank over the airport.

Regional Differences in Safety Measures

Depending on where you are in each country will determine what safety requirements for the pandemic are in place. As most places require you to be vaccinated to enter the country it should not be a big issue. It is just good to be aware. 

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