Episode 156: Learn how to navigate the UK on a budget. Find out how to save on transit and accommodations, as well as few hidden costs to look out for.
Kevin is reporting from the UK, with some helpful tips for traveling through this often costly part of the world.
Here are some of Kevin’s top trips for venturing to the UK.
Use Public Transit
Public transit is much more accessible and robust in Great Britain than in many parts of America. As with many major airports, Heathrow international is far from the London core. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get from the airport to where the action is.
The Heathrow Express is the most direct route for travelers who are intimidated by the tube system. It’s important to book your tickets ahead of time to save.
For bolder travelers, you can save by taking the Picadilly Line directly into London Central.
Stay in a Guest House
In some of the smaller areas, you can stay in a guest house. This arrangement is similar to a B&B and gives you more privacy and affordability than a hotel, but an overall nicer experience than a hostel.
Buy Your Tickets in Advance
When it comes to transport or attractions, you’ll always want to book your tickets in advance to save. This also gives you more accessibility if you’re traveling in peak times.
Credit Card Concerns
Much of the UK uses the pin system for credit cards, which can be confusing for people traveling from America. Generally, using a credit card machine will prompt you to sign. Businesses have a right to compare your signature on the slip to your passport.
Using Apple Pay
Many places in the UK accept Apple Pay, which is a secure alternative to carrying around original cards while traveling.
The Apple Card is also an effective alternative to credit cards. It’s also worth noting that the Apple Card doesn’t charge a foreign transaction fee, which can save you a lot of money on your trip.
Don’t be surprised if you run into paid bathrooms in the UK. Carry around some spare change to gain access to the bathroom, even in public areas.