Whether you frequently experience wanderlust or are a homebody through and through, there is a long list of destinations you must see in your lifetime, ranging from exotic and rural to urban and somewhat familiar. This year, make it a point to visit London, the stunning and historic capital city of England.
If you are not quite convinced that this is the right destination for you, here are some reasons why you should visit London this year:
Airfares are much cheaper now. These days, roundtrip fares from the East Coast can be found in the $500 range, with some as low as $400, depending on the season and travel deals that are available at the time of booking. Although it may sound a bit strange or unappealing at first, consider planning your visit for an off-season, such as spring or fall, to ensure you are getting the best rates possible. The weather will likely be more pleasant than you anticipate.
Hotel rooms are abundant over the weekends. This is because London is a traveler’s city, meaning most of the occupants in their hotels are just there for a night or two throughout the workweek. So, if you are going to visit London, be sure to plan your stay over a weekend, preferably from Thursday through Monday.
The environment is similar to our own. Barring the British accents, London is not much different than a big city here in the States in regards to culture. The language is the same (though there are some differences in common terms and slang), their currency is similar to our own, and our popular culture is almost identical. So, if you are looking to get away without feeling too far from home, London would be the perfect location for you.
We have a good relationship with the British. In spite of our differences and the battles we have fought against one another, the United States and the United Kingdom have a “special relationship,” in the words of Winston Churchill. This relationship is the result of our alliance during the two World Wars — something the British have never forgotten.
The sights are unbeatable. Of course, this list would not be complete without mentioning the renowned icons London boasts, from Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the London Bridge to the British Museum and the London Eye. While there are too many landmarks to fit into one day, be sure to plan out your routes accordingly so you can see as many as possible throughout your stay.