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.

Don’t Be a Victim: A Guide to Tourist Safety

Anytime that you plan on traveling someplace new, it’s extremely important to learn just a little bit about the culture. You want to make sure that you do some in-depth research about the areas that you’re going to be visiting, and plan your trip accordingly. Planning ahead is a fantastic way to stay within your budget, and to know that you’re not going to miss anything! But, even the best-laid plans can be ruined by a bad experience. This is one reason why it’s important to understand some of the common issues that can come up when traveling abroad. Every city has its problems, and this can come in the form of crime or dishonest companies that tend to overcharge tourists. Some people see foreigners as an easy target, and feel that they can take advantage of them. They will either utilize the language barrier, the changes in currency, or just a lack of information to commit any number of crimes. This is a sad reality of travel, but not one that you should ignore.

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.

Four Tips for International Travel

Traveling is a wonderful way to explore and enjoy the world from a front row seat. The travel channel has nothing on the experience of actually walking across the Scottish Highlands, or exploring the pyramids in Egypt. The smells, the textures, the people, and the simple act of being there makes international travel an experience unparalleled in many ways.

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

Using taxis and private hire car services in London

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The public transport system in London is exceptional, with the London Underground providing a reliable and quick way to traverse the many boroughs of London and see the sights. Our recent blog article explains more about using London’s public transport.

But there might be times when you need a taxi, or a private hire care service. We’ll provide some useful information below about using taxis and private hire car services in London.

Best for short trips around the city:  London Taxis 

London’s famous taxis are affectionately called “black cabs”.