LOGISTICSThere are so many things you can do before leaving that will make your trip easier. Download apps like City Mapper and WhatsApp before heading across the pond. You can also use the popular flight websites Skyscanner and Hipmunk to find the best deals for international flights.
· Flight – Hipmunk & Skyscanner often have the best flight options. Once you have that transatlantic flight booked, the rest can be managed cheaply. If you have extra time and money, book a weekend trip to somewhere like Italy or Spain. You can find insanely cheap deals on budget airlines like Ryan Air or EasyJet. A $20 flight to Barcelona? Yes, please.
· Public Transport – London is known for its incredible public transport system. It’s the most well-connected city in terms of its underground and bus routes, so save yourself some money and take public transport. From the airport, you’ll want to purchase what’s called an Oyster Card. You can buy a weekly pass for about $45 that will give you unlimited access to any of London’s bus and tube routes. With your new Oyster, you’ll be able to easily get anywhere in the city!
· City Mapper – City Mapper is an amazing app for mapping out public transport and walking routes. It will tell you where to catch the bus, what time the next train leaves and how many minutes it will take to walk from one place to the next. It even tells you how many calories you’ll burn along the way, so bring on those extra pints!
· WhatsApp – WhatsApp offers free global texting when you’re connected to wifi. You can text anyone in any country, as long as you have a working internet connection.
· Phone Service – Most people don’t realize how easy it is to use your phone while abroad. If you have an unlocked iPhone (any phone that’s a 5 and up) you can take it to a UK phone shop like TMobile or Orange Network and purchase a UK SIM card. It will cost you about $20 for up to a month of unlimited internet access … and you’ll get a cool British phone number to call your own as a souvenir.
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