Planning a trip to England? I’m headed to London next month so I’ve asked English local Christy Root to provide some travel suggestions and tips for England.
London Tube rules
First of all, you need to remember to stand to the right side on the escalators and if you get it wrong then you’re likely to be approached by an ill-tempered passenger who will likely set you straight. The tube consists of 275 stations with 3,988 coaches carrying approximately 2.5 million passengers per day on twelve different tube lines. Make sure to maintain a gap when embarking on or off the train. In London it can vary from a few inches to a foot at different stations. Once on the train stand clear of the closing doors, they may provide a decent knock if they hit you.
Eat-in, Eat-out charges
Some cafes will show you two prices – a price to eat-in and a price to eat-out. If you want to save your cash then eat-out is definitely the cheaper option!
English food has a reputation for being boring and tasteless, but so long as you know where to look, you can find quality English food. Especially in London where there are huge amounts of international restaurants.
Hot and Cold
The stereotype is that English folk speak often of the weather. And it actually makes sense why! Temperatures can change throughout the day, so it’s best to be prepared and layer your clothes so you can add or remove as needed.
Another British stereotype is the excessive amount of politeness. It’s something you’re bound to notice on your trip to England. Normally, the British people are very polite and they always expect at least some politeness from travellers as well. Use ‘Please’ and ‘thank you’ to show your politeness.
You may be surprised if you’re called with some words like darling, dear, dearie, flower, love, chick, chuck, guv, son, ma’am or other similar names by someone you don’t know. It’s quite normal words which people use to call each other. Another sign of the English culture toward niceties and pleasantness.
Obviously in this digital life browsing data and keeping in touch via voice calls both are first priorities of people. So if you are charged by high roaming costs then it will spoil your fun during trip. An alternative is to pick up a UK local Sim Card to avoid the overseas roaming charges. With a UK local sim, you can receive free local calls plus enjoy calls to your home country and data browsing. By avoiding the roaming bills, you can spend that cash on your trip! For more information to save on international roaming, check out this site: http://www.prepaymania.co.uk/uk-pay-as-you-go-sim-card.html
Born in Bristol UK, Christy Root is a professional writer currently based in London. Christy began writing for small business in the few years back. It wasn’t long before the two worlds merged and writing about travel & technology. You can follow her at Google+.