I lived and went to school in Norwich, England for five months last year, and I miss it a ton! Here are a few things I would take back home with me to Minnesota if I could. (Warning: this is not a deep post at all.)
London is expensive; I learned this after shelling out a painful £17 to visit Kensington Palace. Still, there are ways to explore the city without breaking the budget. Here are my top recommendations for things to do in London that cost little to nothing at all.
Things to do in the UK at Christmastime
Merry Happy Christmas!
I spent last Christmas away from home traveling around England and Wales. It was truly magical! Here are some tips and ideas for things to do and see if you are visiting the UK during the holiday season.
When I was planning my trip to Wales, I found myself sorting through a lot of forum posts and other random comments to figure out where the best places to visit were. Though my trip wasn’t long enough to create an extensive list of destinations in North Wales, here are the stops I think it’s most important to hit.
I decided to spend New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh, Scotland before I knew it was the site of one of the biggest New Year celebrations in the world—and learning that it was made me more excited, and nervous, than ever.
Hogmanay is the Scottish equivalent of Christmas anywhere else—it’s the holiday where they go all out. The event has historical roots, but what it means today, if you find yourself in Scotland for the New Year, is street parties, drinking, dancing, and enthusiastically ringing in the New Year in camaraderie with the rest of the country. While there are events and parties in other Scottish towns, Edinburgh is the place to be when the new year rolls in.
I’m pretty sure one of the main things my travel buddies remember about me is that I would drag them around a city looking for the best ice cream.
Before studying abroad in England, my knowledge of UK tourist locations was pretty limited. Everyone knows London, of course, and I also had Oxford on my list. But while I have a few English major friends who have been to Scotland, almost no one back home really talks about Scotland or goes there just for the sake of going there, much less Wales or northern England.
My first visit to Wales was towards the end of my semester in England, so I was trying to 1) fit in as many places as possible and 2) spend as little money as possible. The result was one inexpensive day in Wales’s capital, Cardiff.
You don’t have to go into one of those cool red boxes to make a call.
Whether you’re headed across the pond long term or for a short trip, here is some advice you must know before you go!