There’s a lot that you need to consider when you are travelling somewhere for the first time. Where are you going to stay? How much is it going to cost? Which places to visit? How can I make the best use of my time and money? These are just some of the important questions that every traveler, no matter where they are going, asks and struggles to find the answers to.
So, in case you are travelling to London for the first time and your mind is filled with all these unanswered questions, here are a few tips and tricks to help you.
The first thing that you worry about when you are planning a trip is the accommodation. A lot of travelers end up buying the cheap rooms outside the central city but regret the decision as soon as they get there. Reason being that although you saved a lot of money but now you have to commute in and out of the city every day, and this is a huge waste of not only your money but also your time. Your best option is that you stay in central London where you can easily find an average hotel with affordable rates. It’s not going to be your cheapest option but at least you will be closer to majority of the famous tourist attractions and wouldn’t have to worry about transportation.
Another problem that the first-time travelers face is that they try to see each and everything in just one visit, which is totally impossible. You have to understand that London is a huge city and people cannot accomplish that in weeks or even months, let alone in just a couple of days. Plan ahead and use your time efficiently. Just visit 2 to 3 attractions or major landmarks a day. This way you won’t get exhausted quickly and would be able to properly enjoy the places that you decide to visit. Also take some time out for random walks around the city and try to visit some of the less known places as well or just find some new ones on your own. It’s these little things that will make your trip unique and more personal.
Trying out some of the, if not all, traditional cuisines is also part of the travelling experience. But it doesn’t mean that you need to go way too overboard with that by wasting your money on fine dining. You can get a taste of traditional foods in local markets as well. Just grab some sandwiches from the local supermarket or Fish&Chips from The Golden Chippy and go for a picnic in one of the public parks. In case of the traditional afternoon tea experience, you can go to St. Ermins. The place is known to serve really good afternoon tea at affordable prices.
Last but not the least, wear comfortable shoes as there is going to be a lot walking involved, always carry an umbrella with you as it can rain anytime in London and make sure that you have a travel adaptor with you as most of the plugs in UK are Type G. Other than that, just don’t worry too much about doing everything right and try to have as much fun as you can with your time there.
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Sharon Pearson & AJ! Clonts
Sharon Pearson and AJ! Clonts, are Travel Information Consultants and co-owners of As You Wish Travel Agency. This husband and wife team love to travel and have been working in the travel industry for 4 years. AJ! & Sharon do not charge fees for their services. They focus on premium brands that provide luxury travel Worldwide; including River & Ocean Cruises, Hawaii, and all-inclusive resorts around the world with a specialty in the Caribbean and Mexico.