How to spend a weekend in Manchester

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A weekend in Manchester is a great way to explore a bit more of the United Kingdom, outside of London. It’s easily accessible by train from central London, has many great hotels and restaurants, pubs and entertainment, and really is just a lovely city.

About Manchester

Manchester is a major city in the north west England. Once a textile powerhouse, and the birthplace of the modern computer, Manchester today keeps its traditional heritage, fused with modern architecture, a great restaurant scene and many attractions. The city was founded in 79AD and today has a population of over 500,000. It is home to the world famous Manchester United soccer/football club.

The five best alternative London attractions

Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and so many more are the “must see” attractions in London. To be sure, you really must visit these on your London vacation. But do you want to also see some of the less famous attractions which perhaps have fewer crowds, but which are also very interesting? Keep reading to learn more!

Number 1: The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is home to some of Europes finest collection of art, paintings, furniture and armour. It’s located just a stone’s throw from the Bond Street underground station (PS: need to know about navigating the London public transport system? Check out our other blog article). The Wallace Collection has more than 20 galleries, and entry is free.

Travelling to Paris? Here’s the three most important tips!

If you’re a first time visitor to Paris, you might find things a little daunting. Being in a foreign city and not knowing the language can be stressful for some.

In this article we’re not going to tell you which museums to visit, the best galleries to attend, or the most lavish restaurants to dine at – we’re sure you’ve already done the research for that. Instead, we’re going to give you some basic information that you might have overlooked: buying tickets for, and navigating, the Paris Metro train system and where you can store your luggage at the end of your trip.

The Best Places to Visit in Europe

A real European vacation is something that many of us joke about doing someday. It seems like an unattainable line on our bucket list that we just may never get to check off. For many of us, it means taking a journey through our ancestry, and even visiting relatives that we never knew existed.

It’s also an exposure to some of the oldest and most beautiful places in the world, and a look into many rich and beautiful cultures. It may be time to stop putting that trip off, and to call about plane tickets. Going to Europe doesn’t have to be the planning nightmare that it once was. The cost of airline tickets and hotel stays isn’t nearly as high as it used to be, and a few clicks of the mouse can take care of pesky reservations. International cell service can be taken care of with a data sim card for Europe, and currency is easily solved with a swipe of your debit card.

How to unlock your cell phone to use it in the UK and Europe

If you’re travelling to the UK or Europe, you’ll want to make sure that you can use your cell phone as soon as you land.

If you want to use your cell phone with a different network SIM card, you’ll need to get it network unlocked. For example, if you want to use a UK SIM card (rather than paying expensive international roaming costs) your cell phone needs to be network unlocked.

In this post we’ll explain how to go about getting your cell phone network unlocked, how to check if it’s already unlocked and what you can then do once your phone is unlocked.

Eating Five Star in London at discounted prices

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Long gone are the days of boring bland English food. Once upon a time, the best you could get was Fish & Chips. But today, London offers a massive range of food offerings, from top Michelin star restaurants, to an amazing range of ethnic food (think fresh felafel or burritos) and everything in between. And of course, you can still get a good ol’ English pub meal of fish and chips or sausages and mashed potato.

Michelin star restaurant dining on a budget

Travelling To Europe: 3 Tips To Buy An International SIM Card

3 Tips To Buy An International SIM Card

Are you travelling to Europe but worried about how you will keep in touch? Worry no more. The solution lies in an international SIM card. You can get yourself an international SIM card which will work seamlessly in whatever European country you go to. You won’t have to bother about finding out the local roaming rates or where to locate the nearest phone booth from your hotel room. It is a must-have for anyone who hopes to make a journey to Europe without losing touch.

Will my American cell phone work in the United Kingdom?

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Updated January 2021

So you’ve booked your flights and hotels, you’ve created a list of the “must see” tourist attractions in London and you’ve downloaded the best UK travel apps to your cell phone. But will your cell phone work in the United Kingdom?

If you’ve been doing research online about whether your cell phone will work in the UK, we’re guessing you’re probably confused by now, right? There’s lots of conflicting information and it seems very complicated.

Getting around London on public transport

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Depending on where you’re from in the USA, a reliable and expansive public transport system might be something you’ve never experienced. On your trip to London, here’s some hints and tips for becoming a pro using the London public transport system.

Book your hotel or Airbnb close to a tube station

The London Underground is the high frequency metro train system servicing the Greater London area. The closest comparison is the New York subway. It’s nicknamed “the Tube” because of the design of the train carriages and tunnels. It was opened in 1867 and carries 1.34 billion passengers each year, with a total track length of 250 miles.