London may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find free things to do in London! In fact, some of the best things to do in London are actually free so whether you’re a local looking for some inspiration or you’re a visitor on a budget, here’s how you can spend a day in London for free! Once you’ve got to London and booked your accommodation, the main costs are food, transport, and entertainment. Luckily none of those things have to cost much at all. The tube is super cheap, you can cook your own meals and we have a post coming soon about cheap places to stay in London. And to prove just how easy it is to have an (almost) free trip to London, I’ve created an itinerary that only includes London’s free activities. How much you spend on food and those tempting souvenirs is completely up to you…! Visit London’s iconic sights for free on foot Start your free London trip with a … [Read more...] about Free things to do in London
Global history regents
by Chris Leadbeater, The Telegraph, April 18, 2018 When Pete Townshend was finessing the lyrics to what would become the most totemic track in The Who's back catalogue, Won't Get Fooled Again, he probably wasn't envisaging the demise of the Castro era in Cuba. After all, this near-nine minute odyssey of a song, which would boom out as the closing number on the Who's Next album, saw the light of day in the summer of 1971 - only 12 years after the final shots had been fired in the armed insurgency which brought about regime change on the biggest island in the Caribbean. At this point, America's notorious Bay of Pigs invasion was 10 years in the past, and the apocalyptic brinkmanship of the Cuban Missile Crisis nine years in the rear-view mirror. Both international incidents had left Fidel Castro's position - in a country he had seized control of via six years of unceasing determination and guerrilla warfare - as entrenched as ever. If there was an end in sight for a … [Read more...] about What Does the End of the Castro Era Mean for Tourists?
I absolutely LOVE London and truly find it to be one of the most exciting cities in the world. Not long before I moved to the UK in 2014 I found my old travel journal from when I backpacked around Europe when I was 19 and the first line of it said something along the lines of “Oh my gosh I love London. I am definitely moving here one day!” My two years in the UK is very quickly coming to an end and so when Travelex recently set us a challenge to plan the best day possible in London with $150 AUD and I knew I was up for it! The worst part of moving to the UK (in addition to the rain) was seeing my poor Aussie dollars whittle down ridiculously fast with the value of the Australian Dollar and so I knew that I’d learnt a few things along the way that would help to make this day in London amazing! We headed straight to the Travelex counter located on Oxford Street in BHS where we picked up our Travelex Cash Passport. With today’s exchange rate our $150 Australian … [Read more...] about Exploring London as a #TravelexTourist
Wednesday newsletters always feature a luxury hotel and/or flight review. Today: Review of The Langham, urban sophistication in Chicago (USA). Location: Google Maps Address: 330 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA Hotel website: The Langham Chicago Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso Embodying the timeless qualities that define the Langham legacy since 1865 – heritage, history and legendary hospitality – The Langham Chicago gracefully blends urban sophistication with refined luxury. Since its grand opening in September 2013, The Langham Chicago has quickly become one of the top hotels in Chicago. In addition, it is my absolute favorite Chicago hotel, and I recommend this hotel over the Four Seasons, Peninsula, Trump or Ritz Carlton hotel. In this review (more info below my Youtube clip & the slideshow): Pros & things I like Cons & things to know My verdict Tips for future guests & … [Read more...] about Hotel review: The Langham Chicago (USA)
London may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a cheap or even free weekend in London! In fact, some of the best things to do in London are actually free so whether you’re a local looking for some inspiration or you’re a visitor on a budget, here’s how you can have an amazing weekend in London without spending a penny. Once you’ve got to London and booked your accommodation, the main costs are food, transport and entertainment. Luckily none of those things have to cost much at all. The tube is super cheap, you can cook your own meals and we have a post coming soon about cheap places to stay in London. And to prove just how easy it is to have an (almost) free weekend in London, I’ve created a weekend itinerary that only includes London’s free activities. How much you spend on food and those tempting souvenirs is completely up to you…! Friday night for free in London Start your … [Read more...] about How to have a free weekend in London