Within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country out of a storybook, England. No matter where you are in England, you are not far from the sea. The landscape is predominately lush farmland, along with grassy rolling hills.
England is a mix of cultures, cities, landscapes, unusual traditions, small cozy pubs, and a love for football (soccer). England is woven together of traditional and modern beliefs, fostering liberal values and cultural heritage, which withstood many centuries.
Most travelers select London as their destination to explore. England offers many other great cities to visit, such as Manchester, Oxford, and Liverpool. Although these cities share in their history, each one has its unique characteristics to offer its visitors.
England can be expensive so planning your budget is essential. Once you travel outside of London, prices become more reasonable.
Accommodation – Expect to pay for a hostel between $13-$52 a night, which are dorm-like rooms with a shared bathroom and free WiFi. If requesting a private room, expect to pay $65+. Budget hotels with limited amenities can start around $80 per night. Airbnb cost about $100+ per night. Near any popular tourist attraction, the prices will be much higher. I suggest booking accommodations near a public transportation station to access the city more easily.
(I recommend using www.Airbnb.com when looking for moderate price accommodations within a nice neighborhood)
Food – English fast food such as fish and chips cost about $7-$10. A lunch entree can range from $10-$15. If you plan to enjoy a sit-down restaurant, expect to pay around $35. I recommend you take advantage of visiting a small grocery store to pick up sandwiches, pasta bowls, fruits, and veggies to either eat as a meal or snack to reduce the number of times you need to eat out while traveling. The best places to shop are Aldi, Lidl, and Sainsbury’s.
(Use www.TripAdvisor.com when trying to locate a restaurant within your budget range)
Transportation – Public transportation is the best choice and relatively easy to use. Purchase an Oyster Card before you travel to England. The card works like a debit card and works on London underground rail and buses. Planning to travel throughout Great Britain (which includes Scotland and Wales), purchase a BritRail Travel Pass, allowing you to travel for a consecutive number of days. Second class fare for 4 days $259, or for 8 days $375 depending on your travel length. Victoria Coach Station is the central bus station. You can visit www.checkmybus.co.uk to get accurate pricing for your travels. Taxis are available almost everywhere in England. The average cost for a taxi in London is $20. Riding a bicycle (Santander Cycles ) is common in London. To rent a bike for 30 minutes is roughly $5.
(Best option in transportation is purchasing an Oyster Card to use on train or bus)
Suggested daily budget – Average daily budget should be approximately $160 per person, including hotel, transportation, meals, and sightseeing. A two-week vacation for two people costs roughly $4,500, staying at mid-range hotels.
England is full of great places to visit, and if you are a Shakespeare or Harry Potter fan, you will find it! With its incredible amount of history, age-old traditions, spectacular gardens, England has it all. If you are a fan of cold weather, the best time to visit is after Christmas when shops reduce their prices. Otherwise, June to August is the high season for visitors.
Language: English is the official language.
Currency: The currency is the English pound, and currently, the exchange rate is 1£ = $1.33 USD. Most major credit cards are accepted in England.
Plugs: plugs are type G, the standard voltage is 230V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz.
Safety: England is a safe country to visit; however, always take precautions and beware of your surroundings.