What To Do In London on a Long Weekend

If you are only in London for the weekend, there are still some phenomenal places to visit in a short period of time. Whether you are seeking to see the most popular sites or an art gallery, London has a number of attractions to delight tourists. Transportation options are instrumental for getting around London in a short period of time. Check out also this video with 10 free things to do in London:

Attractions In London

If it is your first time visiting London, you may want to visit the most popular tourist attractions on your first trip. Most visitors would recommend locations such as The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben (now under construction), and the Tower of London.

The London Eye is an attraction that you do not want to miss. Visitors will find this structure situated on the South Bank of London Thames. When riding the London Eye, you will get a bird’s eye view of the entire city from this iconic Ferris wheel.

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The 10 Best Places To Visit In England

England is the largest country in the United Kingdom and also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. There is a wide variety of exciting things to do and places to see here. From visiting Stonehenge to seeing Big Ben and Westminster Palace, there is no shortage of incredible things to do here.

Whether you’re a fan of history or you’re more into nightlife, England is one place that will not disappoint. For people traveling on a tight schedule, deciding which places to visit in England can be a challenge. To help you figure out where you’d like to see most, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 places to visit in England.

Stonehenge

Located in the county of Wiltshire, Stonehenge is not only one of the most popular places to visit in Europe, but it is also one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. It was erected over 4000 years ago and according to folklore was constructed by the mythical wizard Merlin.

Hadrian’s Wall

Built by the Romans nearly 2000 years ago, Hadrian’s wall served as a stone and timber fortification to protect the far reaches of the Empire from the Brigantes, a Celtic tribe who controlled a large section of Northern England. Large sections of the wall remain to this day, making it an excellent place to gain insight into the power and prestige of the Roman Empire.

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London on a Budget

In 1777 Samuel Johnson said, “A man is tired of life when he is tired of London.” That is just as true today as it was then. As London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, all-inclusive holidays can give you the opportunity to visit the city, within budget. Even better, there are ways to save money and things to see that don’t cost anything once you’re there.

Just walking down a street like Charing Cross Road or Shaftesbury Street is a great way to spend an afternoon. Of course, you have to take in the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It takes place at 11:00 am every morning in the summer months but be warned, it does get crowded.

Don’t miss the National Gallery behind Trafalgar Square. It’s free and contains some of the most famous works of art in the world.

London has a very vibrant theatre scene, so try to take in a play or two while you’re there. You can buy half-priced same-day tickets in Leicester Square or there are deals for dinner and a show. Try eating in pubs: many are reasonably priced and the atmosphere is great.

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7 Essential Things on your Backpacking List

When you want to travel to Europe on a budget, backpacking is your most economical option. Be aware, though, that you’ll need the most essential with you to make your travels a great success. Let’s take a look at what you definitely need to pack. Check out these 7 essential things on your backpacking list.

Padlocks
You’ll need them for hostel lockers, dodgy guesthouses and your backpack on long journeys. Invest in about four different sized ones. If you’re one of those people who can’t hang on to a key without losing it, buy locks that use a combination code instead.

Travel washing line
Is it a washing line? Is it a bungee? Aha, it’s both! You’ll use it a handful of times in emergency washing/DIY/breakdown situations but at those times, you’ll thank god you brought it.

Decent penknife
Yes, you really will use it. All the time, in fact. Opening bottles, fixing bicycles, eating your dinner… there’s nothing you can’t do with a penknife. Invest in a good one.

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Celebrity Spotting in London

London: a city of hustle and bustle, noise and color and millions of different people. It’s no wonder so many stars of British music, television, film, and fashion congregate in the city on such a regular basis. And for the stealthy traveler, it’s possible to find yourself up close (although maybe not personal) with any number of celebs. Here’s our guide to the best star-spotting sites in London.

Soho

Most Celebs work and play in central London. One of the hottest star-spotting areas has got to be the infamous Soho. Famed for its debauchery and nightlife, Soho is now home to many of London’s film and television companies.

By day, you can often see Celebs stopping off for coffee at Foyles Books (on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross Road). By night, head to one of the many cool bars or pubs around Old Compton Street to enjoy live music, DJs and a chance to spot stars of film and TV letting their hair down.

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Exploring Your Favorite City

Spending a day in your favorite city isn’t just about the destinations; it’s about the journey. Make the most of time spent between stops with these smartphone apps for urban navigation.

On Foot
If you’re leaving your car behind, a must-have for any day of wandering is WayPoint. Free for Android, WayPoint allows users to easily navigate back to a plotted point (like a hotel or a parking garage) using the app’s built-in compass or your preferred maps program. iPhone users can find similar functionality with GPS Tracks ($0.99 in the iTunes App Store). Car Locator ($3.99 in the Google Play Store) pairs tracking capabilities with additional, car-specific features like parking meter timers. (See Navigation.com’s guide to parking apps for further recommendations).

Once you reach an area of your city you’d like to explore, use one of Triposo’s free travel guides for iOS and Android to see what’s near you—and how best to get there. Just choose the shopping, dining, nightlife, entertainment, or lodging destination you’re most attracted to, and your smartphone’s GPS will help your feet do the rest.

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Road Tripping around Europe

Some peoples idea of a holiday is laying on the beach soaking up the sun whilst other peoples are flying around the globe visiting great wonders of the world whereas my ideal holiday personally is a road trip. Risks are everywhere, though, so when you’re planning a trip to Europe, check out these most common mistakes that people make:

A road trip can be done anywhere in the world and all you need is a set of wheels, enough cash for fuel, food and a tent or you could just find accommodation when you arrive after your long days drive. My favorite place that I’ve done a road trip is definitely Europe, with unfortunately not-so-cheap fuel but with amazing foods, and awesome scenery, not to mention camp-sites everywhere plus with Europe vacation rentals you will never be without a place to put your head down.

Europe is a big continent but not massive and can easily be done in a couple of weeks. When I went on one of my road trips, I drove from Cambridge in England to Valmiera in Latvia going through eight different countries, it took only three days to get there and I loved every second of it, I loved the change in scenery to the change of faces to the change of foods. When I drove from Cambridge to Barcelona in Spain it was very different from diving to Latvia as again the faces, foods, the scenery is vastly different but only took me one and a half days.

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The Flavors of London

London is a great destination both for families and young backpack travelers as it has a vast array of sights and entertainment. From St. Paul’s Cathedral to Ripleys Believe It or Not! Museum, there is so much to see and do that visitors instantly get hooked on this ancient yet bustling city on the River Thames.

For those who want to save money on sightseeing, sign up to London’s voucher sites, which offer discount codes to some of the best attractions. Check out Ripley’s Believe it or Not! in London’s colorful West End.

Founded by American cartoonist and anthropologist, Robert Ripley, the museum showcases bizarre events, items, facts and ideas that are so strange visitors might struggle to believe them. London’s Ripley’s is home to 700 artifacts that span 5 floors, among which Marilyn Monroe’s huge make-up collection is a particular attraction. Seven fossilized dinosaur eggs dating back 75 million years, a Mini-Cooper encrusted with one-million Swarovski crystals and a mirror maze are some of the other impressive exhibits on show.

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A Backpacker’s Guide to the Spanish Costas

Family theme parks and towering hotels line most of the Spanish coast, from Portugal in the south all the way up to the French border in the north. However, the threat of identikit towns and mass tourism has in the past put many intrepid travelers off visiting Spain.

It’s safe to say that every region of Spain is completely different from the next and each has its own distinct identity, bringing with it its own traditions, foods and cultural highlights. What’s more, if you keep away from the main tourist resorts and travel off the beaten path you’ll soon find a hidden Spain waiting to be discovered:

Costa Del Sol

The Costa Del Sol, translating to the Coast of the Sun, is true to its name, so it’s no surprise that this is the area where you’ll find most of Spain’s tourist resorts. Two of the Costa Del Sol’s most popular destinations are Marbella, a resort popular with the jet-set crowd and Malaga, a popular family hot spot.

Outside the main resorts, there are smaller more typically Spanish resorts, situated in the heart of Andalucia. This is the region of Spain which gave the world both paella and flamenco dancing so it’s difficult to think of an area which is more stereotypically Spanish.

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Travel Europe Smart, Travel By Rail

European travel is a dream for many budget travelers. Even though the costs of European travel have increased in recent years, Europe can still be affordable, for budget travelers, independent travelers, college students, and families.

One of the most popular budget travel tips for your Europe travel is to get a rail pass that matches your budget and travel requirements. When choosing between rail passes, always consider your travel destinations even before you leave to go for your trip.

Some rail passes are only valid for one country, while some other rail passes can be used for all European countries (for a specific period of time). If your budget travel only covers one country, then get a single country pass. If you plan to spend a considerable amount of time in Europe, you will probably want to visit many different locations. So check out the rail pass that is valid for a longer period of time. It will be much cheaper for your Europe trip if you get those extended-length rail passes if you plan to stay in Europe for quite a while.

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