UK Long Distance Flight tax going upI just heard that the UK long distance flight tax (ie from Asia and Africa) is going up very soon from £55 to £85 so it's probably better to fly via another European country.. maybe Turkey
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I notice that there are some good winter deals on hotels through the newspapers here www.dailyexpressonline.co.uk hotel rooms from £5 UK companies can be tricky so don't expect miracles like a £5 room in the midde of London on the day you want, but the law is strong here if some company advertises a product they have to provide it so there will be quite a few genuine cheap rooms around the country. Usually there is jus alimited number of "deal" rooms per hotel per week.
One trick they used to do was give vouchers for a free hotel stay, but the condition was you had to eat dinner and breakfast at the hotel ..and the food actually cost more than the hotel room, but these recent offers offers have not such catch.
another offer is just starting -
Stay at a Travelodge between November 2010 & March 2011, and only pay £9 a night. The Spring 2010 Travelodge room sale starts at 6am on Thursday 28th October, 2010 at www.travelodge.co.uk LIMITED : The £9 rooms will be available on selected nights in selected hotels for stays between 1st November and 31st March 2011. so will sell out quickly
The Daily Mirror newspaper had a promotion of Days Innís just £10 per night! www.daysinn.co.uk/mirror. And the NOTW had www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/notw/public/nol_public_offers/923242/Hotels-for-5.html
(England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)
is one of the most interesting countries in the world to visit.
Before You GoBrazilian people do not need a tourist visa
If you want to study it is no longer possible to change your status when you have entered the country you must arrange a school and a student visa before you leave Brazil.
On arrival the immigration officers can be very tough (I know 2 good people who have been refused entry and put back on the plane by the police, one Venezuelan one USA). They are looking for people who might over stay, if you tell the truth and have firm plans like> we will be in London for 1 week then go to Edinburgh for 3 days etc.. you should be OK. There are virtually no checks inside the country or when you leave by sea to mainland Europe.
Get a Good guidebook , the ones with a lot of pictures aren`t very good, the best ones are those with a lot of information are. You could get one just for the UK or for one covering the whole of Europe. Try Lonely Planet, Let`s Go or The Rough Guides. (all available from www.amazon.com). Make sure you read it and plan before you go.
To find out about the culture you
could read some books before you go. Culture Shock Britain by Terry Tan
or try contempary fiction like Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby or travel experiences.
The Island by The Sea by Paul Theroux or Notes From A Small Island by Bill
Good British culture links
Good British culture links woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/
may be cheaper when bought from companies
in the UK by telephone (most companies aren`t allowed to do this) but try
It`s Expensive ! NO, NO, NOPeople say oh England its so expensive! Usually what they mean is they found London expensive. Of course the number of tourists and the higher wages makes the city expensive if you try to live like you would in your home country.
Firstly there is a big difference between London and the rest of the country. In fact sometimes the number of people and competition can make shopping for specialist goods cheaper. If you look around you can find some real bargains such as leather jackets for $100 only 100m away from a shop selling them for $500. Secondly you have to live differently in the UK.
No one can say that it is as cheap as India, but if you adapt it can be very affordable. When in Rome...
Expensive holiday : staying in London at a Hilton Hotel, eating steak in restaurants, smoking and drinking in pubs , visiting expensive tourist sites like Madame Tussauds, taking the train up to Edinburgh, Stratford and Oxford. (US$200 a day)
I think the first option is best you would see the real culture. The other way you would see the tourist culture.
More money saving tips- Small convenience stores are usually much more expensive than big supermarkets. Lidl and Aldi are normally the cheapest. Look for discount shelves at the back and white label goods which are usually the same as the big brands, but cheaper. Markets sell off the food really cheaply after 5pm. You can get very cheap used clothing from the many charity shops.
- Websites listing special offers :
London TipsThe new train from Heathrow Airport is a waste of money, it`better to take the Tube. Buy a day travelcard then you can use the entire network all day.
- Once in London don't use the tube or train instead buy a Week Buspass for £12
As soon as you arrive get a copy
of TNT Magazine
free from boxes on the street in central London every week. It has some
tourist information, lots of job listings and at the back all the contact
numbers of the best value accomodation.
I always have difficulty in finding a place to sleep in London.
Like all touristic places it's quite difficult to find a "couchsurfing host". I have never been sucessful, I guess thosts get 100 emails every day. Usually by looking at the backpages of the free magazine called TNT London, but evertime I go back after a year that hotel has closed down and I have to find another.
but these adverts are not on their website
I always have difficulty in finding a place to sleep in London. Like all touristic places it's quite difficult to find a "couchsurfing host". I have never been sucessful, I guess thosts get 100 emails every day. Usually by looking at the backpages of the free magazine called TNT London, but evertime I go back after a year that hotel has closed down and I have to find another. but these adverts are not on their website
Geography and History a very quick LessonOn a world scale the UK is a pretty small insignificant place. But it does have a very interesting history.
say Enland they don`t usually mean England they mean the whole country
of the UK or Britain. England is just one of
the 4 states.
England had had control of Ireland for 900 years , but 100 years ago the south voted to become a separate country. So that is why the country is called the United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
- About 450 years ago King Henry VIII couldn`t get a divorce from the Catholic
Church so he created his own Anglo Protestant Church. Because Ireland joined
the country later most of the people there were Catholic. But after a war
with France the government couldn`t pay the soldiers so it gave them land
in the north of Ireland. The Catholics in Ireland didn`t want to be governed
from England so about 100 years ago terrorism started in Ireland with the
creation of The Irish Republican Army IRA. The government gave in and had
a referendum. The Protestants were a majority in the north and voted to
stay with England so the country was divided; the south became a separate
country called Eire.
The People : England is actually a country colonised by French the speaking Vikings (Normans) who enslaved the locals by imposing serfdom.
Home of Freedom and democracy - There was an all powerful King, then lords and many serfs, but democracy started in 1215 when the King was forced to sign the contract called the Magna Carta which meant the Lords in the parliament had a say in government.
Super Cosmopolitan Because
the country was first invaded by so many groups of people it had a diverse
culture. Then it went out and controlled lots of other countries and brought
back lots of aspects of there cultures, some things like tea and foreign words
which enriched the English language.
A map showing all the regions of Great Britain
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