Travel to London like a king — on a pauper’s budget
By Aimee Heckel
Nothing quite puts your American ego in check like the moment when you convert your dollars to pounds, and then sit down to buy a simple lunch in downtown London. The high price tags can quickly make you feel like a pauper in this royal city.
But, there are plenty of ways to save money when you’re traveling through England. Here are some ways to travel through England like a king, but on a pauper’s budget.
Luckily, you have some wiggle room here, with so many different airports and flights to choose from. Make sure you shop around, and don’t forget to use travel coupons, discounts and Cach Back to save the most.
Where to stay
Stay at a local hotel instead of an American chain, recommends the Huffington Post. Also consider hostels, which can start as low as $9 per night, according to Hostelworld.com. The London Holiday Apartment has rooms for less than $20 per night. It’s nothing fancy, but you can book the whole house if you’re traveling with a small group.
Where to eat
Instead of a sit-down restaurant, grab some munchies at a pub, where prices tend to be cheaper, the Huffington Post recommends.
How to get around
Instead of renting a car and dealing with the traffic (not to mention different driving laws), rent a bike. Make sure you pick up a bicycle map and avoid busy streets. There are a growing number of bike paths, so use them and you can save time, money and stress. Not to mention avoid the pricey gas pumps.
Wherever you cannot or don’t want to bike, opt for public transportation. London has an extensive system of subways, trains and buses. You can even rent a scooter or motorcycle through companies like About Town.
Enjoy the history, architecture and natural beauty of the city — and the ample free attractions and entertainment. The Natural History Museum is free, and so is a visit to the Queen’s House. Don’t forget to visit famous Abbey Road and re-enact your own Beatles photo.
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