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Belgium in Brief: Got Travel Questions?

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Travel may be starting once again – even Eurostar is getting back up to speed – but I have one thing to admit. Something which I think many of us share.

It’s so hard to keep track of what I’m meant to be doing regarding travel.

My attention is on the UK, but I’d like to think we all have some common ground here. So:

Have you spent hours going through pages in various languages, only to not find your answer?

Have you called a line, only to sit on hold, then get no answer?

Are you gearing up for a trip with the kind of  “I think we got this” attitude that feels out of place in the current times?

You’re certainly not alone, but what else is on your mind?

Let’s hear your questions – and we can see if we can answer them based on what we know already. Let @johnstonjules know.

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