Are you going to be traveling to the United Kingdom for the first time?
If so, there are a few things that you should know, just like if you were to travel to any other country or international city for the first time as well.
Here are the top tips you need to know before traveling to the UK:
Find Out About Visa and Passport Regulations
You shouldn’t need a visa when you visit the United Kingdom for the first time, so long as you’re coming from an English-speaking country and so long as you’re staying for less than six months.
In addition, you’ll also want to make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months after you have departed. The reason why your passport will still need to be valid for at least six months is because immigration officials want to make sure that you can still legally leave the country in the event that you’re held up from leaving for an extended period of time for any reason.
Whenever you travel to another country, something that you will always be wise to do is to get cash in the currency of that country. Even though you can pay for things using your credit card (so long as your credit card allows foreign transactions to begin with), you should still carry a healthy amount of cash on you for emergency expenses.
In order to convert US dollars into pounds, you’ll have to pay both a fee and a margin of the exchange rate. Utilizing a money transfer service is one of the best ways you can get the lowest exchange rate and fee possible, and it will certainly be cheaper than using an exchange service at an airport or your bank.
Be Prepared To Walk A Lot
If you’re going to be visiting London on your visit to the United Kingdom, you should know that it’s a very sprawling city and you should be prepared to get lots of physical exercise by walking.
Yes, there is a lot of public transport in London that you can take, such as the black cabs, the double decker red busses, or the subway. But still, since it’s a big city, you’re going to have a lot of walking on your won to do as well.
NOTE: the cheapest way to use public transportation in London will be to get the Oyster Card, which enables you to get access to all the subways and buses within the city.
Get A Cheaper Phone
It’s more than likely going to be very expensive to bring your phone over to another country based on the policies of your cell service provider, and you can expect to pay dozens if hundreds of dollars to access the internet, send texts, and make phone calls.
A cheaper option will be to ask your hotel or somebody at the airport to find out where you can buy a cheaper phone with a local number instead.
Invest In Travel Insurance
Last but certainly not least, it will be wise for you to consider investing in travel insurance as well. Travel insurance, depending on the specific policy that you can get, can help you to save money by reimbursing you for cancelled non-refundable flights or hotel room visits, or paying you back for any lost heirlooms, jewelry, electronics, or other valuables.
Yes, the United Kingdom is a relatively safe country, but it’s also important to be on the safe side, especially if you’re going to be visiting one of the larger cities. This is why travel insurance can end up being a valuable investment even if you initially view it as only being an extra and unnecessary expense.
Take note that without travel insurance, you’ll have to pay for cancelled flights or lost valuables out of your own pocket, and don’t forget that if you land in the hospital, you’ll definitely have to pay cash for that as well (since your American medical insurance coverage more than likely will not apply to medical emergencies in foreign countries).
Traveling To The UK
Be sure to keep each of these tips in mind as you get ready to travel to the United Kingdom for the first time.