Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Visiting London on a Budget: The Savvy Traveler



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The big cities of the world have a lot of good stuff to offer such as historical sites, haunted pubs, streets full of people and something fun to do for the whole family. London, in particular, offers all of this and more. The only downside to all of this is that the city tends to be expensive; not only with regards to the price of eating out or enjoying activities, but London will eat up your entire budget in one big bite - and you won’t even see it coming.

Traveling: The tube

If you’d like to stay in central London and do most of your activities here, there’s no better way to travel than the tube. Sure, there are better ways, and you’ll undoubtedly realize this as you’re squeezing your way out the doors, sweaty and warm - but it’s more cost-effective than anything else.

If you’ve never been to London before, you’re going to be a bit confused in the beginning - it’s like that with any new city, really, and its tube system is no more complicated than in other parts of the world. Ask for advice if you’re lost and have a look at this map to make it a bit easier on yourself.

Accommodation: Airbnb

Living in London is without a doubt what’s going to cost you the most. When you want to soak up everything the city has to offer and don’t want to sleep away all your money and time, consider staying at an Airbnb or find short term lets through londonservicedapartments.co.uk. It’s not new or unusual at all anymore, and people choose these affordable options over traditional hotel rooms like they choose an Uber over a black cab; it’s kind of common sense these days.

The sooner you start to plan, the better your chances are of finding a cozy room in the heart of London at a good price. Don’t despair if you’re not going to stay in the center as there are many comfortable homes you can stay in around the city as well. I spent a few nights with friends at a tiny home on the west side, owned by a gray old man who played piano for us all evening. It was lovely, cost-effective, and a lot more social than staying in a hotel room.

Things to do: for free

Large cities will always have a lot of free activities you can take advantage of - and you don’t have to spend money on overpriced touristy things. Most of their famous museums are for free, such as The Tate Modern, Museum of London and the National Gallery, so there is no reason to not soak up culture like a dried out sponge. Check out timeoutlondon.com for discounted events too, by the way, and purchasing tickets online will usually save you a bit of money as well.

You don’t have shy away from the money eating cities anymore in order to make it through the rest of the summer. Just make use of these brilliantly savvy tips to vacationing in the big city, so go out there and enjoy yourself.



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