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The queen, dreamy accents, and rain…what do these all have in common? They are all part of a visit to England. London, England is ranked #2 best place to visit according to tripadvisor 2013 travelers’ choice http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations-cTop-g4
So England is one of the top places to visit in Europe, but how can you make your trip great? Follow these tips on 5 things you will love and hate about England to make sure you avoid the bad and soak up all the good that England has to offer.
Let’s start with the bad to get that out of the way:
1. The Weather: It WILL Rain while you are here. Make sure to layer your clothes and bring a rain jacket with you. The temperature will vary even in the summer so be sure to pack for the weather and bring lots of layers.
How to avoid: Unfortunately the weather isn’t something you can avoid, but by being prepared you can be sure not to let the weather keep you from having a good time. Find a colorful umbrella or some fun rain boots to wear. You can find these at almost any store and they will help brighten up your cloudy day.
2. Travel Delays and Price of Public Transport: Believe it or not, flying is actually cheaper than taking the train to some cities. You also want to be sure to leave plenty of time to get to your destination as much of the public transportation runs late.
How to avoid: Before your trip, check the prices of all public transportation so you can plan ahead of time instead of stressing about it on your trip. Make sure to include airfares in your price comparison, as they are often cheaper than other forms of transportation. For delays and other updates check out: http://www.bbc.com/travelnews/air
3. They drive on the “wrong” side of the road: you need to be cautious when crossing the street and look right first! (Hint: Right-Left-Right) Driving around England is beautiful and so you will definitely want to take a drive, just make sure you are comfortable driving on the left side before you start your trip.
How to avoid: If you aren’t comfortable driving on the “wrong” side, there is plenty of other transportation. They have busses and trains to take you places and you can walk around within a city.
4. It is pricey: London is EXPENSIVE! Unfortunately, 2 weeks in Spain will cost about the same as 1 week in England. This is due to the exchange rate and other factors.
How to avoid: travel in other parts of England. London is the most expensive, but if you visit the smaller towns, it is much easier to save money. If you want to stay in London, try to find the free museums and stay near the center of the city so you can save money on transportation costs. Here is a list of the 20 best places to visit outside of London: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/countiesofbritain/8523946/Top-20-places-to-escape-London.html
5. It is not as refined as you expect: Not everyone is like the characters from Downton Abbey. Be careful what you say and do because not everyone is going to be nice and friendly.
How to avoid: This one is easy to avoid…just be courteous to the people around you. If you follow the Golden Rule and treat others how you want to be treated, you’ll be just fine.
Yay you’ve made it through the “bad” parts of England. Now onto what will make you love England and want to visit again and again:
1. The English-isms: You can watch the changing of the guard, the English humor, and the people. Most people, especially service workers are fantastic at helping you out. Plus they speak English so that’s definitely a plus if you are a native English speaker. Make sure to visit an English pub and order Fish and Chips for a real English experience.
2. Getting out of London: England is a lot more than London. Each village is completely different and it is beautiful. If you rent a car, you can drive a little out of London and see beautiful scenery of the villages in the surrounding areas. This is what will make you fall in love with England.
3. Public Transport: The trains, busses, and subways go EVERYWHERE! It is easy to get anywhere you want to go. Even though it’s pricey, it is extremely easy to use.
Visit this website for information on London train transportation: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/9444.aspx
4. The Service: The service is very professional, and people will help you. If you’re lost, don’t be afraid to go into a local store and ask for directions. The employees, natives, and other tourists are more than happy to help you.
5. Going to an English Pub: Relax and enjoy the atmosphere of an English Pub. Although it may be touristy, get your fish and chips and warm beer (yes warm). It’s an English tradition not to be missed out on. Here is a list of the top 10 places to eat fish and chips in London: http://metro.co.uk/2013/04/23/st-georges-day-top-10-places-to-eat-fish-and-chips-in-london-3663643/ Try them out for yourself to see which is the best!
Now all that’s left to do is book your trip! Safe Travels!
Blog Written By Guest Blogger Carley G.
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