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How To Travel To Uruguay From The UK & Best Airfares

With about 20,000 brits flying to Uruguay every year, most of them enjoy a trouble-free holiday, but we’ve compiled a short guide to the essentials you will need to ensure everything goes as planned.

There’s plenty of airlines you can fly with but a couple of notable ones are “Thomas Cook,” “Easy Jet” and “British Airlines.”

You can also visit Skyscanner to help you find an affordable flight, and make sure you spend some time on Tripadvisor checking out hotels and restaurants in advance.

While Uruguay is brimming with a rich history, mouth-watering food, and forward-thinking people, it’s important to remember that it is over 14 hours away, so here’s some important information to keep in mind before setting off on your journey.

Book early

Tickets for a flight usually become available 11 months in advance and this generally the best time to look for a bargain. Lowest priced economy-class fares are limited and are usually the first to go, although ideally you want to get a mid-priced flight as 14 hours with a few inches of leg room is torture.
Unless the airport is hit by a terrorist attack or the airline is having a financial crisis, flights get more expensive as departure time approaches.

Flying with a child

Another reason to book early is to guarantee that you’re seated next to your child. Not only will you be constantly worrying about them, but they’re likely to be ticking off whoever they’re placed next to.

Considering the length of this flight you have to get to the airport early and request a bassinet if needed, as it’s first-come first-served.
Make sure to pack any of your child’s favourite toys so they don’t get bored, and avoid sugary sweets and sweet drinks. Again, you don’t want your child kicking an elderly woman in the back.

Colouring books are a good choice, as are any portable gaming devices or video players. Anything that might work to keep them occupied for the lengthy trip.

What should go into my hand luggage?

On most short flights you only need to chuck in a few books and you’re good to go, but with such a distance to travel then there’s a few items you should consider.

If you have trouble getting to sleep when there’s background noise then make sure to invest in a pair of earplugs, and if you really struggle falling asleep on a plane then a handy bottle of eyedrops are a great way to keep fatigue at bay for a bit.

Airplanes aren’t the most cleanly of places, being about as hygienic as a bus or a café.

Which means that the pull-down tray you eat from has probably had a quick wipe in the past day, and that those headphones and pillows that are handed out have likely been in contact with someone else’s head without being washed.

Therefore we wouldn’t blame you for packing your own headphones and sleeping supplies.

It is also a good idea to upload some songs onto your ipod and, if you suffer from easily chapped licks, a tube of lip balm will be invaluable.

And of course, make sure you double check that you have the essentials before leaving the house. It might seem unbelievable but plenty of people turn up at an airport only to realize they’ve forgotten their passports.

Montevideo – South Americas Best Kept Secret Or Overrated Tourist Trap?

If you happen to be someone with a liberal way of thinking, then Uruguay is one of the best holiday hot spots around. Not only is it one of the most forward-thinking countries when it comes to LGBT rights in South America, but also the world.

Not only that, but Uruguay is also the first country in the world where you can buy over the counter Marijuana, as well as being able to cultivate up to 6 plants. Unfortunately though, not everyone is happy with how easy it is to find weed now, and Uruguay’s President had this to say:

“There has always been a conservative and reactive opinion that fears change. The sad part is that a man who is almost 80,” referring to himself “has to come and propose a youthful openness to a conservative world that makes you want to cry.”

Still, Montevideo has plenty to offer you even if you’re not a fan of drugs. Steeped in a rich history, the Country’s capital was founded in 1726 by Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, governor of Buenos Aires, to counteract the Portuguese advance into the area from Brazil. During its early years, Montevideo was a Spanish garrison town. Trade continued to grow toward the colonial period, and Montevideo’s merchants played a vital role in securing Uruguayan independence. From 1807 to 1830 Montevideo was alternately occupied by British, Spanish, Argentine, Portuguese, and Brazilian forces, and its trade and population declined dramatically. Independence did not bring stability though, and the Country struggled for many years until finally growing into its own.

These days Montevideo has the perfect blend of old and new that will satisfy most history buffs, and although its cobblestone streets might be a bit rough around the edges, it adds a certain character to the city.

The people here are friendly and enjoy a laid-back sort of life, always happy to give you a hand if you need help with something and are great to have a chat with while sitting in one of the many pavement cafes and sipping a sweet glass of iced tea.

At its core though Montevideo is about exploring. If you wish to lounge on one of the crowded beaches all day then you can certainly do that, but there’s plenty of hidden coves with pristine golden sand waiting for you if you’re willing to put in the time to find them, not to mention plenty of art deco buildings and museums.

Although, Montevideo has been overhyped by a few people. While it is great, the weather can be quite stuffy during the summer, and if you’re considering visiting during the autumn or winter months then you will find it more akin to London than to a beach paradise.

Things can get quite pricey too – especially the seafood – which, despite the cities vast coastline, is usually frozen.

As a matter of fact the food served here is all a bit similar, and while it’s usually fresh and well prepared I would not recommend it if you’re not a lover of red meat.

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