5 Tips For Getting the Most From A Family Trip to London

Young or old, London is always an exciting destination to visit. There, you can do anything and everything, from seeing world classic theater shows to exploring the sights that have helped shape the modern world. As probably the greatest city in Europe, London delivers again and again. The size and chaos of the place, however, does mean that you’ll have to put some thought into your trip – especially if you’re travelling with the family. Below, we offer five tips for getting the most out of your trip.

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Give Yourself Time

People who aren’t from the UK have an idea that it’s small – and it is, relatively, but London most definitely not. It’s huge, and if you want to see a lot, then you’ll have to give yourself plenty of time to do so – especially as you’ll have to factor in what each person in your family wants to do too. If you very rarely get a chance to visit the capital city, then go big: it’s better to stay a week or more and do everything you want to do rather than visit just for a weekend and go home thinking you could have done more.

Finding the Right Accommodation

London has many different neighborhoods, each with their own characteristics, and you’ll want to find one that fits in with what you want to do during your time there. Transports links are exceptional in London, so don’t think too much about how you’ll get from your accommodation to the sights – think more about what you want from your accommodation, and where you want to stay. As you’re travelling with family on tow, it’s best to look at short term lets by londonservicedapartments.co.uk, as this will give you a space that’s both ‘homey’ and well located. You’ll also be able to prepare meals yourself, which can free up some cash to do other fun things in London!

Picking The Sights

You could stay in London for a month and still not see everything you wanted to see. There’s just that much to do. There are a few essential places to visit – like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the like – but beyond that, it’s all about what you want your family to do. Check out some of the best family attractions at www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/family-activities and see what would suit your family.

Individual Interests

You don’t want to make everything you do fun for everybody! Everyone in your family will have things only they want to do, and they shouldn’t miss out. Make sure people have opportunities to visit some of the sights that interest them; Sherlock fans, for instance, will get a thrill from Baker Street; non-fans might not.

Free Time

There’s much to do, but you don’t always have to be doing them! One of the best things about London is doing…nothing at all. Go for a stroll, with no destination in sight, and enjoy all the nooks, crannies, and oddities of this vibrant city along the way.

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Money Saving Hacks For The Global Traveler

Are you keen to extend your travel adventures and stay overseas for even longer? You may need to start saving a little more money at each destination. It’s difficult to earn money while you are away from home, so spending less could be the only way to extend your stay. Still, there are plenty of different ways you can do this. Here are just a few of the easiest approaches to squeezing a few more weeks out of your travel plan:

Money Saving Destinations

There are two ways to check which destinations are the cheapest to travel to. Start with your exchange rate. You’re looking to get the most for each dollar. Next, you need to look up the cost of living for each country (or city area) you’re hoping to spend time in. The lower the cost of living, the less money you’ll need for food, accommodation, and local travel solutions. Places like Thailand are likely to be cheaper to spend time in than Hong Kong, but each region can vary. Do your homework, and make a plan.

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Money Saving Travel Solutions

Getting from A to B is a lot cheaper, quicker, and easier than getting from A to Z. Of course, there are times when you can cross the border quickly and cheaply. Keep your eye out for empty leg flights that will save you a lot if you can be flexible with your departure times and dates. For the whimsical traveler with few plans, this can be perfect. It’s also a lot safer than trying to hitchhike your way from one place to the next.

Money Saving Accommodation

If you don’t mind sleeping under canvas, then your tent could become your home for a while. Of course, in many places, you must book into a designated camp site that may incur a charge. You’ll also find there are times when you want a few of the facilities a formal accommodation might offer. Again, last minute opportunities may be a cheaper solution and offer more freedom than pre-booking. Stay safe, and look for places that are shared to cut the cost even more.

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Money Saving Food

If you’re prepared to cook for yourself, you can save a fortune on food. Unfortunately, travelers don’t always have access to refrigerators or cookers. Bottled water is often a must, so be prepared to spend wisely here. As for a hot meal, look for local hospitality, takeaways, and market places with licensed street vendors. You want to avoid a poorly tummy, so it can sometimes be best to spend a little more. Keep your hands clean with a travel bottle of hand sanitizer.

Earning money while you’re traveling isn’t always easy, but it’s not impossible. You can write from anywhere in the world, providing content for blogs or copy for marketers. You can also sometimes pick up laboring jobs like fruit picking. Check your visa restrictions before engaging in local work. The point of traveling is to enjoy the experience so don’t stay so long that you’ve sacrificed all those little pleasures. Happy traveling.

 

 

The Forgotten Horrors Of Camping That Can Really Ruin The Trip

Camping is awesome. If you get a good camping experience, you get close to your friends and a lot closer to nature. Few things clear stress and let you forget the outside world as better. For some distance, it might even be better than the sunniest of beaches. But it’s also a little scary. That sense of being lost and alone is part of the thrill of it to a lot of people. But when it gets seriously scary because you have underestimated some of the essentials, it’s no longer fun. It’s a disaster. Here’s how you avoid that.

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The weather

You’re going out there to experience something different and to get closer to nature. However, that doesn’t mean you have to be completely exposed to it. Finding out what the weather is like in advance is crucial to camping. It’s going to ensure that you bring the fitting clothes, that you equip yourself with the right tent, and that you prepare the campsite accordingly. For instance, one of the most common weather-related mistakes is to choose a camping spot that’s downhill when you’re to expect some rain. Do that and you’ll find yourself waking up in a partially flooded tent. Of course, while weather forecasts can help you prepare specifically, you should anticipate all kinds of weather. They are liable to be wrong from time to time, after all.

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The dark

If you really want to enjoy your camping holiday then you don’t want to have to go to bed as soon as the sun goes down. But if you’re not prepared for just how dark it can get out there at night, that’s exactly what will be happening. The dark out there can get oppressive, especially if you’re in the forest. Besides general environment lighting, find the best tactical led flashlight you can get as well. You need task lighting that can be easily moved, especially if you plan on leaving the camp anywhere near sundown. Reflective clothing, especially blaze orange, is a good idea, too. It makes you a lot more visible to any hunters that might be in the area.

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The wild

You can’t forget that you’re sharing a habitat with a genuinely wild ecosystem as well. It pays to be aware of any wildlife in the area, particularly those that are prone to be aggressive, and to take steps to protect yourself. For instance, don’t leave food or any traces of food hanging out. As soon as you eat, clean all your dishes. It’s a good idea to eat things that aren’t too pungent and likely to attract wildlife. But animals aren’t the only things to be concerned about. Being unable to identify poison oak, poison mushrooms and other dangerous flora can just as easily cause a trip to the hospital. With the best plant and fungi identifying app on hand, you can make sure you’re aware of any potential risks you could be walking across. Always take the time to check before you decide to try that mushroom or walk through those leaves.

Once you get past the potential horror stories, camping becomes a lot more thrilling, a lot more peaceful, and a lot more fun all at once. So, don’t go out unprepared.

 

Do You Need Something Different From Your Next Trip?

Travel really is a wonderful thing. It broadens the mind and can open you up to new experiences that you’d never otherwise have. Which makes it all the more unusual how often people tend to get themselves stuck in something of a routine when they travel. Far too often people find a single travel destination that they fall in love with, and then they visit that place over and over again until it loses so much of what once made it so magical. It’s amazing that many people can take something as wonderful and exciting as travel, and actually find a way to make it boring! Of course, things don’t have to be that way! Here are a few ideas for some different things that you can do on your next trip.

Get off the grid

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One of the things about traveling is that it takes you out of your comfort zone a little bit. This can be one of the very best things about it. If you go back to the same hotels and resorts time after time that feeling can fade away, leaving things feeling stale and pedestrian. If you really want to turn that on its head then why not take a trip where you’re completely and totally off the grid. Strip yourself of all of the typical comforts that you associate with a vacation and get back to basics in a big way. Doing this allows you to learn more about survival, remind yourself that you don’t need to be glued to technology all the time, and remind yourself of how it feels to be alive when everything isn’t constantly provided for you. Sure it might not be the most relaxing trip, but it will certainly be one that you always remember.

Go somewhere where you don’t speak the language

Another way to really shake things up and sweep out the cobwebs is to go somewhere where everything is completely foreign to you. Of course, there are many destinations where English isn’t the dominant language, but many of those have dedicated tourist areas that make allowances for you. Instead, try going somewhere that doesn’t make those concessions. Take a phrasebook with you and really engross yourself in a culture that’s completely alien to you. It won’t take long before you come to understand it better and you’ll often come away with a much greater understanding of the world around you and the different cultures in it.

Choose the opposite to your normal destination

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If you want an immediate shake-up to your normal travel plans, but you don’t really know where to start, then start with what you’re used to, and flip it on its head. If usually travel in cities and enjoy a degree of luxury, take some time out in the wilderness, if camping is usually your thing then get stuck into the incredible energy and culture that cities have to offer. By going in the exact opposite direction to what you’re used to, you can discover a whole new world of possibilities that you might never have even considered before.

Dreaming Up the Luxury Holiday of a Lifetime

The majority of people will travel regularly throughout their lives. Many take annual vacations and the past decade has seen a large proportion of students take a gap year from their studies to discover the world. But there are certain destinations that are truly once in a lifetime trips. Some people will save this trip for their honeymoon. Others will wait until retirement. But there’s one thing we all have in common when it comes to that extra special trip: we want it to be perfect. So here are a few things to consider while you dream up your ultimate vacation.

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Where?

There are so many beautiful places on this planet that choosing an ultimate destination can be a tricky feat in itself. For your dream trip, the location should be somewhere distant. Somewhere exciting. Somewhere where you will feel as if you’re experiencing another world. Some top destinations include the Seychelles, Mauritius, the Caribbean Islands, and Hawaii. What have they in common? Pictures of paradise. White powder sands, tranquil, warm waters, and unfathomable cuisine. So get researching. Search online, visit your local travel agents and read travel guides until something catches your eye and your heart all at once. You’ll know the right place for you as soon as you see it.

When?

With these beautiful locations, it is important to know the best time to travel. Certain places will have monsoon seasons or rainy seasons. Get all of the advice you can on the best time to visit for the ultimate experience that you’ve been dreaming of. You may be able to save some hard earned cash by going out of season, but it’s usually worth forking out the extra for better weather and less chance of storms and heavy downpours.

Budget

Now you know the destination and the general dates you plan to visit, you can start working out a budget. Here’s where you decide whether to make it an extravagant affair or a more reasonable deal. Whether you splash out your savings on Air Charters and cruise lines or take a more modest approach with budget flights and rented accommodation, the trip is going to be wonderful. Work out where your priorities lie and budget accordingly. Don’t forget that you’ll need plenty of spending money if you like to bring back souvenirs, dine out in local restaurants and take part in excursions or day trips.

Take it Easy

Planning a holiday can be stressful work. But don’t let it get on top of you. This should be a fun and relaxing experience, from beginning to end. Pick up essentials like sunscreens and insect repellents well in advance and allow yourself plenty of time to pack. Plan transport to and from the airport beforehand, so you’re not anxiously waiting for a delayed taxi to drop you to the flight terminal on the day. Make a timetable for while you’re away but don’t stick to it too rigidly. Plans change, and you might find new exciting things to do that you hadn’t even considered before arriving at your destination.

 

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