Travel guidelines for first-time visitors to the UK

Talk about discovering new places, and who would not have the UK on their list? We are sure there is none! It is everyone’s dream to visit this British land at least once in their lifetime, isn’t it? Well, when it comes to going to a new land as a tourist, it is always better to be prepared than to get shocks when you are finally here!

For this, you should keep some tips in mind so that you are all braced up to have a lifetime experience in a new city! To make it easier for you, we have some travelling guidelines for the ones who would visit the UK for the first time in their lives.

We understand how you’d love to shop before visiting this place because you would want to look your best when in the UK! So, consider the option of buying stuff online because it is cheap and can add to your savings. These online websites also have many offers, discounts, during their sale season (a promotion strategy) where you can avail products at low cost by using vouchers and coupons. You should try to enjoy incredible deals!

Keep these simple tips in mind, and you will be good to go as a first-time traveller in the UK!

  • The countryside may not impress you much.

While the stereotypes may suggest otherwise, the British countryside is not as scenic as you’d like them to be. Popular areas like Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and the Cotswolds are nice, but they are good as villages and are not known for their landscapes, which may appear dull to you. If you want a more atmospheric factor, you should visit places like Scottish Highlands, Northumberland coast and the North York Moors.

  • If you are more of a historic lover!

Ah, visiting the ruined castles, heritage sites and historic homes can get very pricey in the UK (we are all aware of how the UK can cost you a bomb). As a cost-effective option, you can consider buying a Great British Heritage Pass, or you could join the National Trust, Cadw (Wales), English Heritage, National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland, or Historic Houses Association. When you join any of these, you are eligible for free entry to the sites, and you get to have the guidebooks, maps, knowledge about locations and directions, the opening hours and days as well.

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  • Take note of train tickets’ prices.

While you may think otherwise, train ticket fares can be much cheaper when booked in advance and for travelling outside the peak commute hours. Either do healthy research much before and book your tickets, or purchase the same at heavy prices especially on public holidays or weekends when there are no discounts.

  • You can hire Boris bikes!

To save on some travelling expense, you can hire bikes in London if you have a good sense of direction and a credit/debit card. There are self-service cycle bays from where you can hire them at affordable rates and roam around the city.

  • Gear up for unpredictable weather.

You should carry raingear all the time because the weather in Britain is very unpredictable.

  • About the nightlife!

The UK is famous for its vibrant nightlife, as crowds consisting of young teens, middle-aged and oldies are seen partying and chilling at pubs on a regular basis! Drinking is a sort of pastime there it seems. Drugs are highly illegal in the UK, and though you may smell the pot in the crowd especially when you visit the Notting Hill Carnival, as a tourist, you should refrain from consuming any drugs! Even though it is safe to walk in the streets even in the late hours at night, you should keep a safe watch on your purse all the time.

When in the UK if you think of driving a car locally by yourself, remember that they drive on the left. Also, they stand and walk on the left side of the roads. Make sure you follow this especially when there’s a lot of foot traffic during the rush hours in the Tube.

In the UK, the beer is drunk at room temperature. If you like your beer chilled, ask for some ice! There again, you must keep in mind that ice means a cube or two and not a whole glass full of ice!

To display that you have finished eating your meal, keep your knife and fork together in the middle of the plate. If you have a habit of keeping them crossed, remember that the waiters would only think you haven’t finished eating!




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