London is a great city to explore whether you’re a traveller, a tourist, or a local. However there is a lot of shit that people still continue to do or see in my lovely home city. If you’re coming to London I implore you to avoid the following, they are some of the worst things to do in London.
The Shit Guide to London
A busy street full of high street shops is one of the most visited “tourist attractions” in London. Why??? If you really want to shop for major brands that can be found pretty much anywhere in the world go to a more spacious and clean place i.e. Westfield. They have one in west London and east London, so there’s no excuse. Plus you won’t be tempted by the hundreds of tacky souvenir shops selling all sorts of crap with the Union Jack or Wills and Kate plastered all over it.
It’s just a bunch of advertising signage that lights up. That is all.
After a 4 hour coach ride from Riga we ended up in Vilnius the capital city of Lithuania and the 4th country on our Baltic Trip. Like Riga, Vilnius has also been voted as a European City of Culture, and it’s Old Town is also a World Heritage Site. So yes we were excited to explore Riga, stretch our legs and find things to see and do.
We’ve recently discovered an up and coming travel and photography app called Fripito. The concept is a great one. Not only does the app contain travel guides with beautiful photography and GPS information but travelling photographers can also contribute their own photo guides and receive proceeds of the sales. The app is available to download for free on the AppStore or Google Play and guides cost between US$3.99 and US$8.99.
Readers of What Way Today can get a premium subscription to all of Fripito’s guides absolutely free, so read on.
Iceland Guide Preview
We all love a bit of socialising and community action, and Fripito does this well. Fripito works with professional photographers all over the world to create amazing guides to provide travel and photography inspiration. Also anyone with the app can comment and share photography and travel tips too.
Money is a major factor that prevents people from travelling, but it is possible to save money for travel with a few tweaks to daily life. Many travel bloggers and long-term travellers claim to be able to travel on $30 or £20 a day, even on this shoestring travel budget that works out at £7,300 for a year long trip. That sounds like a lot, and it is, and you may even want to budget more. We’ll share our budget estimates and actual spend soon, but right now we’ll share how we’ve been saving money for our big trip.
Going out is fun but expensive, especially if you live in a big European city. There’s pretty much a pub on every other street in London and with pints now costing over £4 it has become an expensive hobby. I used to pop in after work every day and go out for a big night every other weekend. A conservative estimate puts that at £100 a week on just drinking and I’m a small guy! I don’t not go out anymore but cutting this back and inviting friends around to your home can have a dramatic effect on your wallet.
Eating out isn’t cheap either, with many mediocre chain restaurants and pubs charging at least £15 a head for food plus drinks and service usually means around £30 a head.
From Finland To Poland, travelling through Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania
Planning our itinerary around South East Asia got us thinking about our Baltic trip largely done via coach. During our research it’s become obvious that travelling around SE Asia is not the quickest. Our Baltic coach trip was the complete opposite, and also cheap and comfortable to boot.
Lux Express, one of the largest coach operators in the Baltic region allowed us to travel quickly, cheaply and in great comfort between Tallinn and Parnu in Estonia, through to Riga in Latvia, and then onto Vilnius in Lithuania.
Travel planning can be exciting, and the travel blogs like the ones we’ve listed in our Travel Links page are excellent inspirations. With many travel websites available, research can be time consuming so we’ve listed the best travel websites we’ve found that have been the most useful for the more functional aspect of travel planning and research, i.e. travel transportation, accommodation, and destination guides. Some are general and some of these travel websites focus on regions we are focused on next e.g. India and South East Asia.
Travel Transportation Websites
Rome2Rio is excellent for travellers planning the best way to get from their departure point to their destination. Plot in two destinations and Rome2Rio will provide various air, land and sea transportation options with timing and cost estimates. Brilliant for travellers planning for the fastest or cheapest way to travel and excellent for planning the order of your itinerary to find the most efficient travel routes.
Depending on who you speak to, there are around 200 countries in the world, some say 196 if you aren’t China and include Taiwan. I’m a few behind Sacha having not visited anywhere in Australasia and there are definitely more countries to visit compared to the number of countries already visited. The number of countries is a bit of a misnomer given that the larger countries have so many different cultures within them, but now I’m starting to sound like a sore loser.
So what lessons have been learnt on these travels so far? We list 10 travel hacks and travel tips that make our travels so much easier.
Steve has visited 32 states (16.3%)
Create your own visited map of The World or Triposo world travel guide for Android
Now that the decision been made to travel for a year it’s damn exciting. But there is a bit of stress and dread regarding all the preparation that needs to be done: vaccinations, visas, renting out the flat, etc.
We needed to get organised and manage this process so our heads wouldn’t spin. Apps solve most 1st world problems so here are the 3 best apps we’re using to really help our travel planning.
With around 200 countries in the world it’s always hard deciding where to go. Sacha has a rule when we travel (which I sometimes try to argue against) that we shouldn’t visit a country that we’ve already been to. In this case it was pretty useful as it eliminated around 30 countries. I eliminated Europe because we’ve seen a lot of it recently on our shorter travels and I was after a bigger culture shock.
It came down to a toss up between the natural beauty of Central America and the multifaceted culture of Asia. Asia finally won mainly because Sacha has always wanted to do the various golden triangles in India and Vietnam-Cambodia-Laos, the opportunity to teach English, and also because of our heritage.