Making the Most of Your First Trip to Britain

There’s much to love about a trip to the UK, but there’s nothing quite like the first time. If you’ve decided to make the trip from other parts of Europe, or the United States, then you’ve probably got some ideas of what you can expect. Funny accents! Tea! The Royal Family! Well, you can kind of expect those things. Britain as a whole offers so much more, though, and your trip is going to be extra special if you dig a little bit deeper than the surface stuff. Below, we take a look at a few ways you can make your trip to Britain one that you’ll remember forever.

Get Out Of London

Now, London is one of the world’s great cities, and it’s understandable that people want to visit. But, while you’ll definitely want to have a few days exploring the museums and shows England’s capital offers, keep in mind that London is only one more slice of the region. As such, make sure you’re getting out of the concrete jungle and exploring some other areas. If you like cities, look at Bristol and Liverpool. If you’re a nature lover, then the incomparable Lake District will tick the boxes.

Embrace the Eccentricities

The Brits can be a touch eccentric, which can be endearing and a little bit confusing to the outsider. Instead of overthinking them too much, embrace them! You’ll get more out of your trip if you’re able to understand the common British phrases, or if you’re willing to accept a cup of tea – at any hour of the day – without hesitation. Also, pay close attention to the weather: you’ll find that more people than you thought possible bring it up in conversation.

Down to the Pub

There was a wonderful quote from an American tourist about pubs. He described them as “communal living rooms,” and this is most definitely true. On a Friday evening, you’ll be well served by seating yourself in the coziest pub you can find and watching British culture at its finest. They’re much more relaxed than bars, so feel free to do whatever you want. Sit and the read the paper, have a game of chess, or just strike up a conversation with one of the regulars. It’s an insight into the culture that can’t be beaten.

A Walk Through History

Britain is a modern place, with all the amenities, conveniences, and forward-thinking ideas that make 21st-century life so great. But it’s also really old, and there’s history at every turn! Take a break from 2018 for a while, and take a trip into the days gone by. You’ll find plenty of castles, famous sites, and much more dotted across the country.

Don’t Be Offended

Finally, we have to warn you: don’t be offended. Odd thing to say, right? It’s necessary. British humour can be very dry, and it can sometimes feel like you’re being insulted! You’re not – it’s just our weird way of being funny. And remember, you can give back as much as you receive!

Love, P

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  1. Definitely get out of London. I’m a massive fan of our capital city but you are right, England is way more than just London. There are some wonderful cities filled with history and the countryside is to die for. I love Cambridge and Lincoln, Edinburgh is amazing if you fancy popping up to Scotland for a bit and the countryside in County Durham is amazing. Obviously you have to visit Norfolk as I 100% live in the best county, it’s so pretty! #stayclassymama

  2. I would love to get to Britain some day – we’ll feel right at home if there’s a lot of weather talk! Here in Canada it’s the opening to every conversation you’ll have in a day. (Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but we love to talk about the weather here too!)
    Great tips!

  3. Ha ha cups of tea, the pub and don’t be offended, love it. Isn’t Britain great! So many places to see outside of London such as the coastal areas of Devon and Cornwall. #stayclassymama

  4. I found the Londoners so friendly and chatty – it was quite surprising. We went for the marathon last year for 6 nights and really could have stayed so much longer. We did go out to Surrey to see family for the day and it was beautiful. I would have liked to tour about a bit more but the marathon took up a bit of time (and frankly we barely scratched the surface of London!) #Stayclassymama

  5. I think visitors can find us Brits a bit odd! Yes, we certainly do talk about the weather an awful lot! #stayclassymama

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