8 smart ways to save money on your London trip
Written by Emily Cleaton (SMS Blogger).
London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but arguably the best (move out of the way NYC!). So, when it comes to travelling to and around London, it can take a lot of planning to have a fun-filled yet economic trip to this expensive capital city.
Don't be afraid to negotiate
Bargaining is a good exercise, especially if you are travelling on a budget. As a general rule, hotels and airline fares have lofty fixed prices (we have our tricks though!). But here’s the secret, the prices of lodgings and airline are time-sensitive. If you book out of season, the price of hotels in London will dramatically drop, it's then you can negotiate on hotel deals while talking to tour operators.
In regards to flying, the day you book and how far in advance matters a huge amount when it comes to the amount of cash you're going to splurge. Fly on a Thursday to save money article and try to negotiate yourself a free flight upgrade.
Remember - when haggling, it's always worth mentioning you're a student and flashing your student ID.
Use Travel Websites with Care
You know the saying, 'if it is too good to be true, it probably is'. Well, this can apply to travel websites offering you crazy cheap prices. The key here, is to do your research on the company. Visitors looking for best rates can strike a great deal and certainly save money through some meticulous browsing.
Big names on the web are certainly offering attractive options (Hotels.com, Expedia etc) but you may get some unheard of deals on promising websites. Secret hotel deals are available at Londonhotels4u, Secret Escapes and Hotwire which are usually the best way to get a decent hotel on the cheap.
Get on the Internet
Almost all travel companies circulate special offers and discounts and if you connect yourself with them in advance, there are chances that you will get best deals.
Sign up to its newsletters, Twitter, Facebook accounts etc. It may be irritating to get regular mail in your inbox but it's the best way to hear about discounts before you book or go on your trip.
Arrange for your excursions in advance
The internet is an amazing source and Google is the solution for all your sightseeing queries. When it comes to planning your excursions in a foreign city, it is important to explore and research online by yourself before visiting the city.
Nowadays, travellers City guide maps are also a great way to know about the routes when you are travelling in the city. This way you will save much more as compared to the cost of sightseeing tours arranged by the travel company.
Before booking any expensive tours, consider signing up for a free tour in London. There are lots of them, with really good reviews (although, tipping at the end of the tour is suggested as the tour guides are usually only paid in tips).
Buy Passes and Cards for Traveling
Almost every visitor who visits the capital believes that London is too expensive to travel around. So, it is always better to buy passes or travel cards. Getting an Oyster card is the key way to save on travel in London (it's how the locals pay to travel). Transport passes will help you save significantly.
Some sightseeing passes are also a great way to save on entry tickets to major London attractions although many of them are free to enter.
Do not Use the Minibar at the Hotel
It is tempting - but don't do it! The drinks in minibars at the hotel will cost you more than usual (understatement of the year!), so avoid and visit one (or a few) of the amazing pubs and bars in London.
Ask for Free Water
Most of the restaurants serve mineral water by default rather than the tap water (a sneaky way to up the bill. However, if you ask for free water, they will certainly serve you.
According to Paragraph 3 of the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) Order 2010, which came into force in April 2010, all restaurants in England and Wales that serve alcohol are legally required to give customers free tap water.
So, why spend extra on water?
Take the Basics Along
Taking enough of dry snacks and basic provisions to cover the needs of each day is a cheap way to save money.
With all these little considerations, you can surely save huge on your travel to London. These recommendations are tested by other visitors already and play a dominant role in making your trip a budget one.
Bio: Emily is an avid travel blogger and mother to two energetic boys. She enjoys spending quality time with her family. In her spare time, she loves pinning on Pinterest and penning-down some useful travel stories.