The United Kingdom remains a top travel destination year after year. It is a vibrant mix of history, royalty, modern innovation, and iconic culture. Every year, millions of people visit this popular tourist destination thanks to its popular cities like London, the capital of the UK, a popular tourism and business hub, consistently ranking among the top ten most visited cities in Europe! The UK is very expensive, but it does not mean you should cross it off your “where to next?” travel list! It is possible to visit the UK on a budget and have a memorable experience! You only need to learn a few money-saving strategies to get started.
Here are some tips to put in mind while planning to travel to the United Kingdom:
· The Booking’s Timing
One essential money-saving tip is booking your flights, accommodations, and transportation as early as possible. Once you’ve determined your trip budget, start looking for flight and lodging specials. Annual sales, such as Black Friday, are excellent times to look for travel deals! Travelling during the UK’s low season is also a good idea (usually January to March – the weather is cold and cloudy, and the crowds are much less than usual). Another good time to visit the UK is during the shoulder season, especially if you combine it with other European destinations.
· Travel with Tour Groups.
Do you want to visit several of the UK’s top attractions while staying within your budget? Tours in groups are the way to go! Generally, people should budget between £100 and £200 per day for a trip to the United Kingdom. Group tour packages in the United Kingdom provide travellers with an affordable and hassle-free way to travel. The tour price includes lodging, transportation, various meals, and various exciting activities. That means you only have to worry about flights to and from the UK, daily spending money, and the cost of any optional extras you want to include! An experienced tour leader will guide travellers on group tours. You will also have the chance to make new friends and meet people from all over the world.
· Plan your transportation.
When you travel, transportation costs can be one of the most expensive parts of your budget! However, with some forethought and research, you can keep your transportation costs low. Compare your options when travelling from city to city in the United Kingdom. In general, public transportation in the United Kingdom is dependable. Because the United Kingdom is considered a small country, you can see a lot while on the road!
Trains are a convenient option in terms of time, but they can be costly. Coaches are the most cost-effective mode of transportation in the United Kingdom. While coaches are unquestionably the less expensive option, the drive can sometimes take longer than train trips.
National Express and Megabus in the UK provide routes throughout the country. When travelling through cities, invest in a transportation card (in London, Oyster cards are excellent for getting around the city). They are valid on both underground and overground buses. Just make sure to double-check the zones you’re passing through. Look for weekend public transportation deals. Take note that black cab taxi rides can also be quite pricey. In the United Kingdom, there are several low-cost airlines. When comparing your transportation options, don’t forget to include airport travel times, check-in, and luggage collection if you’re considering flying.
· Look for free activities that you can do.
While the UK is expensive in terms of accommodation, food, and many activities, it has the added benefit of providing many free activities for visitors to enjoy! Several museums and galleries offer free admission to visitors. The Natural History Museum, the National Gallery, the Tate Modern, and the British Museum are among the most popular in London. The National Museum of Scotland is in Edinburgh, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is in Glasgow. Exploring the UK’s beautiful parks and outdoor areas is also free.
You will have more money to spend and splurge on things you enjoy if you save money on these free activities! Several items in the UK will cost you money but are well worth it! You can indulge in niche interests such as attending football matches and treating yourself to a fine dining experience!
Lastly, Travel allows you to see new things and have new experiences. Being frugal will enable you to see more and splurge on activities you genuinely enjoy! You’re ready to start planning your next trip to the United Kingdom.