The idea of travelling alone may sound daunting, but it’s often to best way to truly discover a city. Travelling alone is a great way to fully immerse yourself into the culture you have selected to dive head first into. You don’t have any friends cling onto, which forces you to get out there and explore! It’s also a great way to meet new people and develop your confidence in the world.
London is a fantastic destination to discover and fully equips travellers with all they need as they venture through the sights, and sounds, and small cobbled alleyways of England’s capital.
We’ve established that travelling alone is great, however there is a right way to do it. We’ve provided you with a few tips to help you start organising your first trip to London alone.
1.Where to stay
Thoroughly research into the hotels you’re thinking of staying at. Staying alone in a hotel can feel intimidating and you don’t want to end up somewhere uncomfortable and unsatisfying during your London trip. Staying somewhere where you feel safe, taken care of and relaxed is key. Sure, residing at a youth hostel is cheap, but it may be worth investing a little bit more cash into your hotel budget to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your journey – especially if you plan to stay for a long time. There is a vast wealth of places to stay in London, so start reading reviews, explore the web and find your perfect hotel.
If you’re looking for a luxurious experience in London, why not treat yourself to an executive stay at Paddington Court. With close proximity to all of London’s major central attractions, it would be a great base for first time travellers who want to see it all.
Ask all your friends if they know anybody living in London. A friend of a friend of a friend may have a friend who’d love to show you around. Making friends whilst travelling by yourself will make you feel less lonely. Discovering a city with new friends is a great way to have fun, discovering a city with locals also means that you get to uncover the hidden nooks and crannies of London that aren’t often advertised. A perfect way to unearth hidden gems nestled in the eclectic streets of London.
3. PLAN your journey
You won’t get much out of your trip to London if you don’t plan your journey. You need to do research and write down all the things you want to see during your visit. Do you want to go to the British Museum? Or perhaps you want to dedicate a day having a fright at the London Dungeons? If you’re staying in any hotels near Paddington, you’d perhaps like to venture into the mysterious past of Sherlock Holmes at his quirky museum located at 22 Baker Street. London has so much to offer and you don’t want to miss out. Winging it can work, but organisation will always work.
London is a big place and, like any city, it can be a bit overwhelming when you first arrive. Make sure you relax and remember that you’re here to enjoy yourself. It may take a couple of days to settle into London’s rhythm of life, but this is going to be the start of the best adventure of your life.
5.Book your flights ASAP
Flights to London will always be cheaper if you book them weeks or months in advance. Make sure to book your flights ASAP if you want to get a good deal!