It's a jolly good day to be in London, England
London is one of the easiest places for Americans to travel to; it is the mother country, after all! This city feels like a more formal and ancient version of NYC and has everything one could want. London was my first taste of ex-pat life, and I worked as a temporary secretary in the city of London. I love the city and everything it has to offer. Today, I’m sharing the best (subway) underground/tube app, an article about great day trips from London as well as my opinion on where to stay in the city. This week’s YouTube video features the Best of Toledo, Spain.
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Favorite App for The Tube
In London, the subway is called The Tube or The Underground. The tubes were used as bomb shelters during WWII, and today, it’s the easiest way to get around the city. This subway system is easy to use and efficient, but there are some down sides. There are constant delays and certain lines not working due to maintenance issues. On my last trip to London, I found this great Tube App that not only shows me the best route and travel time, it shows me which lines have delays. This app was invaluable on my trip, as it saved me time as well as stress when finding my way around the city.
Day Trips from London
After about 3 days in London, you want to escape the dirt, noise and chaos of big city life. When I lived in London, I spent many a weekend visiting surrounding towns and sites like Stonehenge, Salisbury, Cambridge and Bath. England is not just London; the country has so much to offer! So, make sure to check out some of these incredible day trips. They are just a short train ride away. Tally Ho!
Where to stay in London
London is EXPENSIVE; there’s no doubt about that! It’s easy to be overwhelmed and a little shocked when looking for accommodations in the city. Some of the most common questions I get are, “Where should I stay?”, “Is there anywhere affordable in London?”, “What about cheap Airbnbs?” Honestly, cheap doesn’t exist, and if you think it’s cheap, it’s probably scary or so far out that you wouldn’t want to stay there. Not only is accommodation expensive, transportation is also expensive. So what to do? I suggest staying in a hotel inside The Circle Line (one of the Tube lines) for a couple reasons. 1. Time if of the essence, and you don’t want to waste precious hours riding the tube into the city. (TIP: Make sure your hotel is within 3-4 blocks of a tube station) 2. Transportation is also expensive and the further out you stay, the more expensive it will be to get into the city. If you’re visiting London for the first time, you will want to cough up the dough and stay as central as possible. Here are a couple great options when booking your trip to London:
This week’s YouTube video: The Best of Toledo, Spain
Toledo is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, and there is nothing like it in all of Spain. There are plenty of monuments and museums to keep you busy along with the incredible food! I hope you enjoy the vlog!
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