March 07, 2012

101 Budget Britain Travel Tips

$10 for a limited time!
As you probably know, I'm planning a trip to Britain for 2013, and without a doubt, one of the most nerve-wracking elements of planning a trip of this magnitude is the cost. How can I possibly afford to do everything I want to do? As of 2009 the trains in Britain have the most expensive fares in Europe, nice budget hotels are harder and harder to find, and with £1 = $1.57, American tourists have to tighten their belts.


Enter Jonathan and Jackie Thomas, from Anglotopia.net (read my Q&A with Jonathan here). They have recently released an eBook called 101 Budget Britain Travel Tips. I just finished reading it and highly recommend it to anyone who is aiming to enjoy Britain to the fullest--without declaring bankruptcy!

This eBook is beautifully laid out, written in a concise and engaging style, and very user-friendly. Many of the tips focus mainly on London, but there are also "Top 5" lists of free things to do in numerous cities from Glasgow to Lincoln to Cardiff! The authors write from personal experience, and that wisdom comes out in some quirky advice that you might never have considered.

Here are some rookie mistakes that Jonathan and Jackie can help you avoid:
Making your food budget too tight
Travelling on a bank holiday weekend
Getting ripped off by Ryanair and EasyJet’s absurd fees
Booking a hotel in an unattractive neighborhood
Over-tipping at restaurants

Paying an arm and a leg for walking tours
Ignoring international roaming data charges with an iPhone

For someone who is clueless about international travel, some of these tips were revelations. Even more seasoned travelers might be interested to know how they can get  £1 train tickets all over Britain, or why it's smart to skip the trains altogether.

By reading this book you can discover how to save money by utilizing the Greenwich foot tunnels, getting the cheapest bus tours in London, how to see Britain’s cathedrals for free, the way to get half-price theatre tickets, knowing where to buy meaningful (and affordable) souvenirs, watching out for two things when reading hotel reviews, avoiding the Top 5 London tourist traps, and calling home from Britain for free.

If you've never heard of an Oyster Card or congestion charges, and you're not sure about travel insurance,  scared of budget lodging, or don’t know a VAT refund from a cashpoint, then this is the book for you!

The 101 Budget Britain Tips Guidebook is available for $10 for a limited time! Get it while you can at Anglotopia.net.

2 comments:

  1. Ooooh I'd love to get my hand on one of those £1 train tickets :-) it's usually those special deals that are to be acquired if you have lived in suburban places where the bus is king or to fill empty seats on a tuesday afternoon train. The problem generally with train travel & the maximisation of seat use is that bookings have to be made well in advance, something I know that you are not wanting to read here but to quote two personal examples based on a 300km total distance round trip ... of £9 & £37 @ 7 & 2 weeks respectively.

    Although I'm not one for promoting London, my top tip for the capital is the zone 1 & 2 day tube pass (all lines inside & including the circle line), it saves worrying looking for coins, has been outstanding value for years and preserves the legs for a day somewhere else.

    I can only wish you all the best in your pre preparation plans because you are going to be torn in your decisions in which places or buildings to miss. As an example I've been to London on numerous occasions & still haven't seen the V & A or The British museum (I remember commenting about that on one of your posts).

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    1. Ah yes, planning and buying ahead. It's something that I hope I do very, very well.

      Thanks for the tube pass advice! That's really good to know :-)

      I know! It's going to be SO hard. Gah. I guess I'll just have to go back again, and again, and again....

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