With an abundance of historical and infamous tourist attractions such as the iconic Clock Tower, aka Big Ben, London is one of the top travel destinations in the world. However, visiting this city, or any European spot in that manner, involves investing a lot of money from plane tickets, hotel, pocket money and more. To assist you in fulfilling your dreams of stepping foot in this wonderful city, we will be presenting you with budget tips you can take with you when you visit London.
Stop international roaming, use a local SIM:
A common mistake of travelers is keeping their mobile phone under an international roaming plan. If you are visiting another country, might as well take advantage of the local network providers offering short plan such as O2’s 1 month contract SIM plan. They also offer flexible travel roaming plan service if you’re visiting other European cities. Make sure you have a local SIM card, so you can affordably call your family and friends while enjoying the beautiful city of London.
Visit free city attractions:
Before leaving home, you should research about the places you want to visit. If you think everything in London is expensive, then these free-entrance attractions will prove you wrong. First, visit the British Museum on Great Russell Street. You will see up-close some of the most famous objects such as the Rosetta stone and Egyptian mummies. Last year, the Museum of London hosted that “At Home with the Queen” exhibition to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. You can also download travel apps on your Smartphone or tablet to help you get around the city quickly.
Book a budget hotel room:
Despite the simple room furniture, there’s nothing wrong with budget hotel rooms, especially if you’re a traveler. Since most of your day time will be spent outside the hotel, a simple bed will be enough to rest your head at night. However, one of the most important things you must consider when booking a hotel room, is its location. Is it accessible to famous stops such as the train station? Is it near a main street? Do other travelers recommend the hotel? This will help you assess whether the hotel is safe and worth the price.
Ride the train:
Instead of riding a cab, why not try London’s railway. You can check information about rail services in the city through National Rail Enquiries. There are also railcards for discounted fares such as the Network Railcard for off-peak services in South East England and Young Persons Railcard for travelers aged 16 to 25. Both railcards cost £28 ($42.5).
Big Ben’s city attracts 15.3 million foreign visitors spending £9.4 billion ($14.3 billion) in the year 2011, based on a study. So, it wouldn’t be surprising to know if you decide to spend your holiday in London, just be sure to carry the tips presented above for a stress-free vacation.
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