My husband and I would like to travel to England for a holiday. We are seniors and would like some ideas. I was born there, but have not been there since I arrived in Canada at the age of 10. This is my dream vacation for years now. I would love to stay in the country for a month to find my roots again.
Checking the available tours and accommodations we find the country is expensive and wonder if anyone is knowledgeable on visiting the country economically.
By Sheila from Canada
I lived in England for 7 years and things like transportation and hotels are very expensive. The best option for you is to choose which area you want to explore then try to rent a country cottage there. it wont be hugely expensive and you can cook your own meals and save a lot of money. supermarket food is much cheaper than eating out. as long as there is a microwave in the rented accommodation, you can easily get microwave meals and eat at home.
You will save a lot of money. Making sandwiches to take with you when you go out will also cut the costs. And if you can, rent a car to go about with and explore. taxis, buses and trains are hugely expensive. the local tourist board in your chosen area will give you the information you need to check out any places you wish to visit and take some sort of identification with you. Senior citizens always get discounts at tourist attractions. Hope this helps
If you want to tour, stay in bed and breakfasts rather than hotels. Even in London you can find cheap ones, within blocks of Victoria Station...try Ebury Street for nice, clean ones with full breakfast. In the towns they are even cheaper. I like the Frommer's books, even an old one would be worth taking.
Eat the full breakfast, take any rolls that are left over with you and buy some cheese or meat in the store. Or, eat your main meal as lunch in a pub, and snack at dinner with food bought on the street.
The Britrail pass is not a good buy. Buses (called coaches) over there are much cheaper, and nothing is so far away as to make it too uncomfortable. Choose a lot of places not too far apart and you can even take taxis cheaper than trains. No kidding. And your schedule is your own.
I've been every year for 20 years and always have a great time without spending too much.
Carry water bottles and refill them, drinks are expensive and you won't like the cold drinks because they won't have ice. Coffee is also expensive, so if you want it take some instant with you. You'll usually find a tea kettle in your room, but instant coffee isn't there all the time.
Take out some tour books from the library and make notes, plan your route. Even train tickets can be cheap if bought at the right time. Check it out online. If you have a nice house here, look into the house trading websites. Take the trip, and enjoy!
Check out the following. it's possible to get a room for as little as £19 and there's usually a restaurant/cafe adjacent
I do hope you enjoy your stay but, if you have time, do organize a trip to Scotland!
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