Friday, October 19, 2018

Four Hacks for a Family Getaway to London, UK

TGIF friends! We haven't been overseas since November 2016 and I'm itching to get back. London is on my list, it was originally part of that 2016 trip but ended up being swapped out for Scotland. This post is from James Daniels, a freelance writer, business enthusiast, a bit of a tech buff, and an overall geek. He is also an avid reader, so that's tops in my book.


London, England has been well known to citizens around the world for hundreds of years. Not too long ago a huge portion of the world was under their control! They were one of the greatest seats of power, and today their city is something to behold. From old, stunning streets to some of the greatest museums in the world, there is no shortage of things to do and see in London. To truly enjoy your trip, however, there are a few things you need to know beforehand:

1. Stay Under Budget in the Expensive Capital 
As you might have heard, London is expensive. It is home to more than 10 million residents and is a major tourist attraction to people around the world. Combined, it can become quite pricey, but it doesn’t have to be. To start, know how to get around. The Underground and transport system is complex and wide, meaning you can get to nearly every destination on your itinerary with ease. What’s more, there is also a daily cap limit on your journeys, meaning you will likely never spend more than £6.80 within zones 1 – 2 (where most tourists stay and explore).

Other ways to stay under budget is to eat at markets instead of fancy restaurants, choose pubs over bars, and, of course, enjoy any of the plethora of free things to do and see.

2. How to Skip the Tourist Traps and Enjoy the Real London 
There are some activities that are worthwhile, and others that are the typical tourist trap experience. The London Eye, for example, is not the only way nor the best way to see London’s skylines. There are plenty of rooftop bars to enjoy better views for less available; you just need to book ahead of time.

In terms of finding the “real London,” you don’t have to go far. Markets are a huge hit with the locals, and the best way to explore what makes London, London is to go to key areas and simply explore. 

3. Top Activities Families Cannot Miss
There are so many family-friendly activities in London to enjoy. Nearly all the museums are free to enter; there are markets, zoos, aquariums, and, of course, musicals. London is a hot spot for the theater, so don’t forget to pick up some tickets for your choice of children’s musicals London during your trip. Musicals are a memorable experience for everyone, and with choices available for toddlers right up to adults, there is something perfect to enthrall your whole family.

4. Don't Try to Do Everything
London is a huge city. It has many different boroughs with many different faces. You can go and enjoy the posh areas of Kensington and Chelsea, or go to the hip areas of Hackney and now Peckham. The point is that you will not be able to do everything, even if you lived in the city for years. Instead, pick and choose what you want to do. If you don’t care to go into Buckingham Palace, don’t. There are so many different hot spots to explore so you can enjoy your perfect trip.

London is a great place for a family getaway. It is beautiful, fun, and interesting. There is something for everyone so just remember to cater your trip to what your family likes best. 


Additions, people who live in London or have visited London?

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