So you are ready to take the first step travelling in Europe, and travelling in Great Britain is your first choice. How exciting! So how do you want to travel? As a travel professional, the first thing I would ask you is- what do you want to see? What are your interests? Are you comfortable driving on your own or would you prefer to stay with a group of people?
Or perhaps you are looking at public transportation- does heading into a large rail station in London England to board a train cause heart palpations?! I am here to tell you that there are myriad ways to explore to country of your choice. A good travel professional can find you the travel experience that should only whet your appetite for more!
One of the items a travel professional must consider is budget. North Americans are often slightly stunned at the prices in Europe. Yes there are bargains to be had, but day to day living including food and gas is more expensive, especially if you take time to factor in the exchange rate. Number one- figure out your total budget, but then don’t stress about the cost of a litre/gallon of gas, or the cost of a cup of coffee- you will drive yourself mad.
Secondly, remember you can always return.
Don’t try to see everything in one trip. If your budget is limited, embrace the shorter experience, and see what you can. Believe me, unless your travel professional has totally missed the mark, your mind will be boggled. Yes, perhaps if you are a part of a tour, there are places you wish you could linger. No worries, plan to return the following year, and perhaps second time round is the time to travel on your own, whether by car or public transportation.
Finally, make your decision and embrace it.
Don’t fret about the “might haves” or “could haves”. Instead head out on your trip travelling in Great Britain knowing that your are going to have the best trip possible!