Our guest post this month is from backpacker, Daniel Harding. Continue reading for his great tips on how to plan an affordable trip to the United Kingdom. Thanks Daniel!
Great Britain has a reputation as an expensive place to travel to on a budget. Like all countries though, if you are smart about how and where you travel you can easily travel the country on a budget. In this post, we’ll present some top tips for traveling around the UK without breaking the bank.
The first thing you have to consider is how long you are staying and how many places you intend to visit. The instinct, especially if you are traveling on a budget, is to go to as many different places as you can fit into your schedule. Budget Travel states that it is better to see fewer cities and spend more time in them, otherwise you will barely get to know the place before you have to dash off. The joy of traveling is exploring new locations, but you have to give yourself the time to do it.
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Great Britain has many iconic places to visit and a lot of them are free. For example, if you are in London then the Travel Channel recommends taking advantage of one of the 238 national museums in the city. Each one of these museums has free admission, giving you access to the UK’s vast cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, if you are traveling around the country, you can buy a heritage pass and have access to 600 castles, stately homes and gardens in the UK.
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The one part of budget traveling that always causes stress is where to spend the night. Luckily, the UK has a strong culture of backpacking and budget traveling as shown through the numerous hostels available. One of the best ways to plan your travel schedule is around where you are going to stay. To avoid disappointment, particularly during peak season, Gap Year suggests booking ahead. The great thing about hosteling in the UK is that one night you can be in a castle, the next in the center of a city.
There are many ways to travel around the UK. Flying is the easiest and the quickest way to get to Britain’s major cities. For travelers who have rented a car, Parking4Less recommends using one of the four options available to people wanting to park at airports such as Gatwick. These are the cheapest and most efficient ways to leave your car at an airport, even if it’s a hire vehicle.
For travelers who prefer the more traditional means of budget traveling, the UK has an extensive rail network that crisscrosses the country. Travelers from outside the UK are entitled to buy a British train pass that will allow them to travel easily and save money. The cheapest way to travel on a budget is to use one of the UK’s many bus options such as Mega Bus or City Link. These travel all over the country and are very affordable.
Great Britain is a fantastic country to travel to and it can be easily done on a budget. We hope that these tips will help fellow travelers who are thinking of visiting this great country.
Author Bio: Daniel Harding is backpacker making his way around the world. His motto is to spend a little and see a lot. Along the way he has made many successes and failures that he hopes to share with fellow travelers.
Budget-friendly Britain does exist! Have you been?
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