Last minute Cheap London Vacation
Planning a last minute cheap london vacation?...follow the simple steps.
Cheap London Vacation: Getting there
On my agenda was the airfare and the hotel to London.
I was certain that I could get something relatively cheap playing around the travel sites using my Hotwire Guide and Priceline Guide.
summer time, the average flight plus hotel for seven days plus
round-trip flight from the U.S. was about $3,300 for a family of 3.
It's cheaper on other times.
show you how I booked my cheap london vacation without getting up. I
was already a seasoned traveler without moving from my computer desk!
Cheap London Vacation - visa requirement, passports, travel advice?
Next, I got the passports ready. I renewed my passport online.
passports are expensive - $85 for me, $70 for one kid - but I'm just
glad I didn't wait till the last minute ;) it would cost about twice as
much. Since we weren't going over to stay for more then six months, we
wouldn't require visas. Since we were just going to the United Kingdom,
we wouldn't require immunization shots.
Cheap London Vacation insurance
for the vacation insurance. The last time I was in Europe, traveling
with my sister and friends, I stayed in hostels with countless grimy
peers - there was no thought of insurance or even how we would get back
to the States.
But now, I have my family to think about. Learn the travel insurance basics so you could pick the most economical one.
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Back at the computer, I decided to get the London Pass
that came with a travel card. It gives you unlimited tube access, bus
access, and some light rail access. It's convenient and as cost
efficient as transport around London can be.
Tube will get you just about anywhere you need to go in London --
including back and forth from Heathrow Airport. Since I wanted to see
everything in London, and the Pass could get us into a great deal of
attractions for free - 50 to be exact!
Plus, I always liked a good bargain, and many of the restaurants, movie theaters and plays would be discounted. Harry Potter: the one and only reason why children are excited about going to London.
I checked into buying tickets for the tour, I almost fainted when I
converted: 350.00 pounds was 663.40 dollars. We would just do
everything ourselves. Gringott's Wizarding Bank is actually Australia
House, located on the Strand in London and London Zoo's Reptile House
is where Harry first notices his ability to speak to snakes (yes, I
admit it - I've read the books also).
This trip would be much easier on my feet and my wallet. Of course,
last time, I didn't have the luxury of the internet to get all the
Cheap London Vacation: Best Pound Currency Exchange Rate?
is very expensive and the current exchange rate does not help. I
remember when I had a cheap London Vacation the last time, I went to
the local money exchange booths, various hotels and the airport for
currency: in other words, everything wrong. No wonder I was so poor! I
know better now.
I have my trusty online currency exchange rates converter listed under My favorites, and I went to the bank and got both travelers checks and pounds.
If I want to convert more dollars into pounds over in London, I'll go to the nearest AMT to get the best rates.
Best time for a Cheap London Vacation and the most essential items to pack?
we were almost ready to go. I started nagging my family about packing.
In London, June is mild (50-60 degrees) but rainy. Take a last minute
cheap london vacation in November, as this is the offseason.
months in London were rainy - London was a damp city. Rain-jackets,
pants, long-sleeved shirts. Everything easy to wash. Backpacks, totes.
Money carrier, first aid kit.
made a ID card which had my picture, name, age, address and a
fingerprint - copied twice. Toiletries, medication and prescription.
Water bottles, mesh bag for dirty laundry. By the time we had
everything packed, the house was a wreck but we were off to our cheap
Finally, we're in London...
Landing in London, the first thing I did was grab maps - maps of the London and maps of the Underground.
the Tube is great but you don't get a very accurate image of how far
things are by looking at the tube map. For exapmple you will realised
that instead spending 15 minutes underground, you can take a 5-10
yourself a huge favour and pick up a central London bus map at one of
the rail stations. It shows a physical layout of central London with
the tube lines and stations. You'll also discover that the bus can be
much faster and more direct than the tube in many cases.
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