Tips for Tourists

London is metropolitan. A big city with an overwhelming population. It can be hard for a resident of the city to trackback home sometimes so it is even more difficult for a tourist to find his way around town, especially when you’re visiting for the first time. But worry not, we’ve got you covered. 

When you’re a tourist, you want to get as much as you can out of a city within your stay period, see as much as you can, try new things as much as you can but you also don’t want to spend too much.

Following are some useful tips:

  • Decide the dates you want to stay.
  • Search for a hotel according to your needs. The hotel should only cover necessities but no luxuries.
  • Match prices for different hotels on different websites.
  • Staying in central London is probably the best option. That way you can see most of the city, spend less on transportation as well.
  • Choose the best plan.
  • Avoid national vacations and bank holidays, the city is full of tourists at that time of the year especially around Christmas. The prices are sky-rocketing.
  • Try to pay in advance. On some weekends, tourists flood the city unexpectedly and the hotels start to give out rooms on a first-come, first-serve policy. Paying in advance can help you stay on the safe side.
  • Plan your tours to the city sites such that you can use public transport like the subway and buses. This will help you save a lot of money.
  • Only eat when necessary. This will help you save money and you won’t have to use the restroom more often.
  • Try to eat at famous eateries.
  • Try to book as much as possible beforehand. Tickets are much cheaper when you book them in advance.
  • Some sites are a must-visit in London. Other than that, you have to decide for yourself what sites you want to visit or not.
  • Refer a friend or a family member who has visited London before.
  • Try and get the London pass. It can help you save time and money on a lot of major attractions. With the London Pass, you can get access to free subway rides, priority passes to a lot of major tourist spots, and a lot of stuff is free.
  • Try to keep as little cash as possible. There’s a big chance you can get mugged or pick-pocketed on the streets and allies. You can pay everywhere with a MasterCard debit card.
  • Keep change in the form of coins, they come in handy at times.
  • Wear comfortable and warm clothing and shoes.
  • Take a hop-on and hop-off boat through the Thames. The boat is the best way to see a city and inexpensive as well.
  • Many public sites are free of charge like gardens, museums, etc. Try to check them out.
  • Identify a friend, relative or acquaintance if you can, if not find someone distant or a mutual friend, that can be called in case of emergency.
  • You don’t have to see it all. Even the residents of London haven’t discovered the whole of London so how can you in a short stay?
  • Keep a backpack with you at all times. It must have your:
  1. Identity
  2. Some medicines
  3. Emergency contacts
  4. City map
  5. Visa and passport
  6. A water bottle
  7. A few protein bars
  8. Sunglasses and sunblock
  9. An umbrella
  10. A raincoat
  11. Some cash and a debit card
  12. A power bank and charger for your cell phone
  13. An extra pair of socks