London is a beautiful city filled with all sorts of experiences and vibrancy that you wouldn’t experience anywhere else. Especially as a place to experience something new, London is a must-visit for any aspiring traveler from anywhere.
Although London is an interesting place to travel to, it’s not something that a lot of people traveling on a budget like to consider going to. In fact, they think that London is an inaccessible travel destination if you are traveling on a budget.
However, this doesn’t have to be the case at all. If you are interested in exploring the sights of London, then all you need is to be sent in the right direction.
In this article, you’ll find several ways how you can explore London without breaking the bank.
Visit London attractions that are close together
There are a lot of tourist attractions or landmarks in London that are relatively close to one another. Thus, if you want to save time and money from having to travel back and forth between locations, then try to go to London tourist spots that are close by to one another.
That way, you can simply walk towards each destination instead of spending money on transportation.
To be able to manage this, a bit of preliminary research is needed. This way, you’ll know which attractions are near one another and you can plan out your route from the starting point to the endpoint.
Roam around London’s markets
Although it may be interesting to look at the department stores in London, you might want to skip that part altogether. Not only will the prices be much higher, but you will also feel less of the London culture than you would.
A better option would be to shop in the local markets. By going shopping in local markets such as the Camden Market or the Borough Market, you can also try out some free samples all over. Plus, they have plenty of interesting wares that you can look at that is unique and much more memorable than mass-manufactured products.
Stay in hostels
If you want to be able to stay in great areas of London but don’t have the budget to pay for a hotel, then staying in hostels is an excellent and viable option for you.
Hostels are a great and affordable lodging choice. Plus, there are plenty that are in great neighborhoods so you don’t have to go out of the way to see the famous bits of London.
There are plenty of good London hostels available that you can try. Some examples would be St. Christopher’s Inn, London Backpackers, and Rest Up London. However, there are so many more than these to choose from, so do your research.
Avoid riding ‘black cabs’
If you want to have a comfortable and easy time getting around different locations in London, then going by taxi is definitely the easiest. However, it comes with a price, literally. It’s much more costly than other means of transportation available to you.
If you can and if you’re comfortable doing it, it’s better to take your chances like riding the bus. You can even book an Uber instead of going straight for taxis. However, do expect to be stuck in traffic a bit.
You can avoid the traffic by riding the train, or The Tube as they call it, instead. There are plenty of commuting options that are available so try avoiding riding the cab if you can.
Head on over to Primrose Hill
Enjoying the wonderful view of London doesn’t mean you have to ride the London Eye which can take quite a bit of time. Instead, you might want to try going to Primrose Hill as an alternative. It will still give you a great view of London but at a lower price than you would if you have to buy tickets for the London Eye.
Primrose Hill is a park too, so you can relax and enjoy nature while looking around your surroundings. Let yourself appreciate the nature around you, as well as take photos of London.
Use an ‘Oyster card’ instead of cash
One thing that you should always carry around with you in your carry-on size when you’re in London is an ‘Oyster card.’
What is an Oyster card, you might ask? Well, it’s a preloaded card that allows you to ride the trains and buses in London. Using the Oyster card will make it much more convenient for you to get into public transportation.
Since you won’t be needing to line up to get tickets and all that, you get to hop on to your ride as soon as you can.
If you want to be able to travel, then you shouldn’t worry about your budget restricting the places you are able to enjoy. With this article, you should be able to travel around the city of London with relative ease, even if your budget is limited.
For your next travels, don’t think that you’re going to lose out on something simply because you don’t have a big travel budget. Simply manage your finances well and find out the areas where you can compromise your prices a bit.