If your mind is set on the UK as your next holiday destination – amazing. You have taken the very first step. Now comes the harder part and that is the planning. When to go, what to do, how to prepare – we hope to answer the most important questions right here, with our simple 5-part planner!
Decide When to Go
Basically, when choosing the best time to visit the UK, you should consider two things: the weather conditions and the tourist flow.
You probably know by now, that the rain is a constant in the UK, but do not let that frighten you – most of the time it is soft and not really that annoying. Spring and autumn are considered the best seasons to visit the UK, since the weather is mild and the days are quite sunny. If you want to make it into a winter holiday, keep in mind that it gets very wet and grey and that could spoil your fun.
The holiday season is at its peak during the summer. Sure, the weather is warm and comfortable, but if you do not want to squeeze in with masses of people just to get to your most desired locations, we suggest giving this another thought. The winters are a little less hectic, of course, but that is because of the weather conditions that we have just mentioned. In spring and autumn, the tourist flow is highly manageable and you should feel quite comfortable.
Know Your Budget
Visiting Britain will not be the cheapest affair. There are plenty of things you will be required to spend money on. The most obvious are accommodations and transportation. There are plenty of hotels and AirBnbs, and you can find something cheap or something more luxurious no problem, just know how much you would like to spend overall. As for transportation – there is no way of avoiding these expenses, because the UK is very big and the best way to get around is by public transport. Just to give you an example: the pricing for the ticket to the Edinburgh to London train starts at £45 and if you take the bus it could be cheaper, but the trip is longer. So, all you need to do is think of your preferences and do some research on how much you will be required to spend on this holiday so that you are confident financially.
Check Your Visa Requirements
You might need a visa to come to the UK and if you do, take care of that as early as you can. This documentation is not required of citizens from countries of the US, EU members or certain Commonwealth countries for the purposes of tourism for up to 6 months. However if your country is not on this list, keep in mind that applying and obtaining a visa can be a time-consuming process, so this should be the first thing you do after you are done planning your trip.
Plan an Itinerary
Now onto the most fun part! Deciding where to go and what to see. There are simply too many interesting and fascinating places to see in the UK, so first of all, figure out what interests you, what is exciting for you and how much you are willing to see. Maybe you wish to stay in the same area and explore it as thoroughly as you can? Maybe you will land in Great Britain, then plan a trip to Scotland and go visit Ireland afterwards? The possibilities are endless, but when you finally determine what makes for a great holiday, write out a detailed plan – it will be much easier to follow it through.
Now that the plan is very much in motion, it is time to start booking everything! You should start by purchasing plane tickets, then move on to the accommodations. After you know where you will be staying, do not forget to check the route from the airport to your holiday residence – you might need to book some train tickets. And lastly, check your itinerary to see if there are any tourist attractions that you could get the tickets for in advance.
Follow these main 5 steps to plan your trip – you will see that it is easier than you think. Just try to pay attention to details and in no time will you be ready for your trip to the UK!