Traveling to London can be a rewarding experience on its own, especially to people who have the funds to visit the likes of Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury cocktail bars, and grand hotels. For others, the simple idea of flying to England’s most populous city is a rather daunting thought all together, as I originally thought. Luckily, with a little bit of research and a hint of practicality, enjoying London on a budget is a possibility.
Look Behind the Curtain of Cheap Flights
Tons of promo flights are thrown in every direction online. Wide-eyed nomads are always quick to grab these opportunities and be a step closer to their dream destinations, but smart travelers make the most out of it. According to a post on Parking4Less, everyone should be aware of discounted flights’ extra costs. The UK-based comparison site lists card fees, quotations before tax, and hold and hand luggage as some of the top factors that pad the overall price on its blog post, entitled ‘Beware of the Cheap Flights Extra Costs’.
Walk or Get a Travel Smartcard
Purchasing a travel smartcard really does wonders for the whole trip, as London is known to have a praiseworthy public transportation system, according to Visit London. Also, investing on a pay-as-you-go pass saves tourists about 50% on fares and even offers freebies at select restaurants and shops. Then again, the city is perfect for a nice afternoon stroll. That way, tourists can come across some of the wonders of London for free and on their own time.
Take Advantage of Free Spectacles
The city has a variety of free shows and open-air spaces that caters to almost everyone under the sun. From Hampstead Heath and Hyde Park, to National Gallery and Tate Britain, London enriches the soul of budget travelers without compensating quality. In addition, for those who are keen on seeing Buckingham Palace, be on the lookout for Guard Mounting, which is the process of exchanging duties from old to new guards.
Make the Most of Affordable Grubs and Shopping
Contrary to what others think, London can be a haven for cheap eats and finds. I found several affordable Indian restaurants while I was there (one of my favorite cuisines). The city has even grown to become a food truck hotspot, especially with a range of choices including classic comfort foods, delectable sweets, and even homemade Asian cuisine. For easy-on-the-budget retro originals, London is home to vintage clothing from different fashion eras. Food for thought: always summon up the courage to haggle to ensure bigger savings.
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