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What can I expect from the UK?

I’ve always been very lucky to come from a beautiful part of the world – the North Norfolk coast so UK travel was never as much of a priority for me. Growing up, I had endless beautiful countryside on my doorstep and some of the best beaches in the UK just down the road. Most of my childhood was spent with a bucket and spade at the beach, or running barefoot through the woods. Naturally, I love coming home from my travels and spending time back in the UK. In this section you’ll find blog posts on Norfolk and why it’s so amazing, including my new guide to why you should plan your Norfolk holidays.

Over the years, I’ve been a regular visitor to London and have spent many weekends attending events, visiting family and exploring the city. Absolutely Lucy brings my unique style to London with posts on everything from afternoon tea and festivals, to restaurants, food markets and amazing food trails around London Bridge. Don’t forget to check out my post on what to do if you’re a first-timer in London.

When it comes to visiting the rest of the UK – I’ve fallen for cities including York, Cambridge, Norwich and Brighton. You can read my guide to girly breaks in York here. Explore lots of posts on eating out, punting in Cambridge, nights out and gigs in Norwich, and much more. You will also find blog posts on my university experience of attending Hertfordshire University. You will also find tips for taking a UK road trip and planning city itineraries in this section, as well as trips to Ireland.

Things to See and Do in the UK

First-timer's visit to London
North-Norfolk Coast
York City Break
Road trip around Ireland
Food tour around London
Afternoon tea
Music Festivals
Notting Hill Carnival
Punting in Cambridge
Absolutely Lucy Poppy Field

Enjoy the Norfolk countryside

How to save money when you travel with Absolutely Lucy, featuring Wells beach and beach huts, Norfolk

Explore the North-Norfolk coast

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation – This can be one of your biggest costs when travelling the UK. If you’re on a budget, I recommend looking at hostels or Airbnb for cheaper options. If travelling as a group – look at renting a cottage or house for the week. If you’re visiting a city like London, there are cheaper options for hotels available, check out Point A Hotels budget-friendly option. The UK also has a great selection of campsites available, along with glamping and luxury options including yurts and cabins. Or why not hire a camper van and enjoy the freedom of the open road?

Food – If you have a bigger budget, enjoy dining out at the UK’s best restaurants across cities like London and York. Or, if you’re on a tighter budget – look at street food markets and budget-friendly independent restaurants and chains for great deals on your favourite foods.

Transportation – Get yourself a weekly or weekend travel card if you’re in London – trust me you will use it enough to have saved on travel costs. If you’re travelling outside of London – expect rail prices to be high. Shop around online for deals on prices or consider hiring a car if there’s a few of you. Also, buses are available between cities and can often be a fraction of the price.

Norfolk, girl in blue dress with daisy

Suggested daily budget – 50-100 GBP / 60-120 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)

Money Saving Tips

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Cook for yourself Staying in a hostel can save you a lot of money. Eating out can be expensive in London – so instead use the kitchen to cook your own meals and use the money on activities instead.
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Book transport online UK rail services are famously super expensive. Avoid paying crazy amounts by looking for deals online, or travel in groups to get saver deals. Weekend tourist passes can be cheaper.
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Get city passes You can get great deals on sightseeing activities in most UK cities. Getting a pass gives you discounts on entry and sometimes free travel. Check online or ask at your hostel/hotel.
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Couchsurf or house-sit If costs are mounting – why not look into Couchsurfing or options for house-sitting? It could help save you a lot of money on accommodation and you may find a friend/guide!

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What can I expect from London?

London is a busy, crowded and vibrant city that has so much to offer tourists. It’s easy to understand why so many visit the UK each year but never leave the capital city. It has everything from amazing food and live music, to theatre, museums, festivals and so much more. Each area of London has it’s own unique style and personal favourites of mine are areas like Camden and Brixton for their quirky vibe, delicious food and nightlife. Not only is there a lot of fun to be had. But the city also hosts a range of amazing events including blogging festivals, business events with inspiring speakers and many more.

Why you must leave London

As much as I love London and urge you to visit. I must also stress that the UK has so much more to offer than just this one city. So many people travel to the UK and never step outside the city.  As someone who grew up in the British countryside – I can tell you that the true beauty of the UK lies outside the cities. It’s in the sweet coastal villages with cobbled streets and old fashioned cottages. The beautiful riverside walks through fields and into forests where foxgloves attract bees and the light trickles through the trees into the glen. It’s in the rolling hills of the Lake and Peak District, the gorgeous beaches of Ireland and the rolling highlands of Scotland. Don’t miss out on the real reason to visit the UK.

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