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    Travel Guide | United Kingdom

    Ambleside Lake and Beda Fell in the Lake District.

    The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is an island nation in northwestern Europe. England – birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture. England is also site of Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa and centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge. It feels a little bit weird writing up a guide to your own country, but this will benefit international readers.

    Basic info & culture

    CURRENCY

    In the UK we mainly use British Pounds (Sterling) but in the Republic of Ireland, they use the Euro. I would definitely recommend looking into a card that doesn’t charge you for payments or withdrawals abroad. I use Monzo which is an app based bank account and contactless card (there are lots of similar ones to choose from though), it also alerts you once you’ve used the card and also gives you the current exchange rate on purchases too.

    Top Tip:
    Download the app “Currency Plus” to get currency conversions on the go. It updates daily and when connected to WiFi or Network to give you the latest conversion and you can have multiple currencies shown in one go.

    Download here: Apple App Store // Google Play Store

    LANGUAGE

    In the UK we speak English but different parts of the UK have their own dialect. In Ireland they will speak Gaelic, Newcastle have their own language called Geordie. And in Wales they will speak Welsh but everyone in the UK speaks the same English language.

    TIMEZONE

    The time zone in the UK at summer time is BST British Summer Time (GMT +0:00) and in the winter it is GMT Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1:00)

    CUISINE

    Food and eating out in the UK is amazing. There are so many different restaurants across the UK which cater for different cuisines and tastes everything from Indian, Italian and American etc. London is perfect for checking out the old traditional English pubs for the all famous “pub grub” especially fish and chips or the loved English roast dinner.


    Budget Tips

    Suggested Daily Budget – 115-120 EUR / 100-115 GBP This is a suggested daily budget if you are spending time in London due to city prices being more than another location around the UK. Any other location around the UK, your daily budget will probably be half of this but not always. This daily budget isn’t including accommodation or excursions.

    01. Make the most of happy hours – Around the UK’s cities, there are a lot of bars and restaurants that have happy hours where most drinks will be half price. If you are into that kind of thing, make sure you make the most of this offer. You can also have happy hour offers for eating out but not all restaurants will have this offer. But do keep your eye out for eating deals especially near student areas of London.

    02. When travelling on the Underground, use an Oyster or contactless card – Do not buy a travel card ticket from a machine as you will always get caught out by peak travel tips. Make sure you have a contactless credit or debit card or have an Oyster card for using the Underground. It will save you a lot of money – an average daily charge using a contactless is around £5 and a travel card ticket could be around £30.

    03. In a restaurant, be sure to check for dishes of the day or a saver deal – Most of these deals will be around for students but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of a cheaper meal. Eating out especially in London can be quite expensive, but you don’t always have to fork out on a meal.

    04. Leave taxi/Uber travel for when you have longer journeys or travelling with luggage – I wouldn’t want to be stuck in London traffic in a taxi or Uber as the metre will be running and wasting money. If you can, try to use the Underground and leave a taxi/Uber as a last resort.


    Travel tips

    VISAS

    You won’t need a visa to visit the UK no matter where you are travelling from but you may need to fill in an immigration card.

    INJECTIONS

    You do not need any injections to visit the UK, no matter where you’re coming from.

    CAPITAL/CITY

    The capital of the UK is London. We also have lots of big cities across the UK which include London, Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool (England) Dublin, Belfast, Cork (Ireland) Edinburg, Glasgow (Scotland) and Cardiff (Wales) and many others which are too many to name but these are the most popular.

    HOTELS

    There are so many hotels and accomodation across the UK depending on where you are planning to stay. These can vary from major hotel chains, AirBnB’s, homestays or hostels. Make sure you check out AirBnB and also TripAdvisor for booking your hotel or hostel.


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    Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool.

    EXPLORE THE UNITED KINGDOM
    Buckinghamshire | Brighton | Isle Of Wight 
    | Lake District | Liverpool | London | Stratford Upon Avon | Wales

    DRIVING

    In England we drive on the left hand side of the road, with the driver on the right hand side of the car. It’s pretty easy to drive in England and also depends on where you are visiting to if you need a car. If you are visiting London, you will ideally need to use public transport or walk as the roads in London can be quite crazy with buses and other cars using the roads.

    FLIGHTS

    Flights to London can be from any major city across the world or from having a stopover in a major city if you are coming from somewhere smaller. Be sure to search Skyscanner to find your best time to fly to London or any of the other major cities across the UK.

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT

    There is plenty of public transport around the UK to help you get around. You can travel via taxi/Uber, trains, buses, planes and boats. You can book your trains using Trainline, Great Western Railways or through National Rail. If you are travelling around London it would be best to use the Underground. You can either buy a travel card ticket from a machine or use a Oyster card or contactless credit and debit card. You can catch a ferry from either Liverpool, Southampton or Portsmouth to get to Isle of Wight and you can book your ferry through Red Funnel Ferries or WightLink Ferries.


    Packing Tips

    WHAT TO WEAR

    You can wear pretty much anything in the UK, of course depending on the weather. In the UK we have very varied weather throughout the year so it all depends on what the weather is like and what you wear.

    WEATHER

    As I said above, the weather in the UK is very mixed and can change at any point. So make sure you are prepared for the weather you’ll be visiting in. I would recommend always having a pair of sunglasses and an umbrella in your bag just in case.

    April – June is pleasant and has a few cold days ; this is considered our spring and early summer. Our pretty flowers will be in bloom which include daffodils, bluebells and sunflowers.
    July – September is our warmest weather ; this is considered our summer.
    October – March is our coldest weather with rain, snow and temperatures as low as 0 or below ; this is considered our autumn and winter. The leaves will start to change colour and the mornings will be crisp with frost. We usually get lots of snow in January.

    UNITED KINGDOM WEATHER


    Activities & things to see

    ACTIVITIES & THINGS TO DO

    There is so much to do in the UK depending on where you are in the country. In London there is all of your typical tourist attractions plus a few quirky corners of the city that not most tourists know about which I love. In the Lake District, Peak District or in Wales there are some amazing hikes you can do up Mount Snowdon or in the fells of the national parks.

    HIGHLIGHTS OF THE UK:
    • – Hike one of our many mountains including Snowdonia, Scafell Pike or Yorkshire and do the 3 Peaks
    • – Explore the famous landmarks in London
    • – Go stand up paddleboarding in the Lake District
    • – Learn how to surf in Cornwall
    • – Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford Upon Avon
    • – Visit the home of The Beatles in Liverpool

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