In a few days, I'll be flying to London to spend most of June visiting my boyfriend. Hooray! However, while I've traveled extensively in the US, I've only been out of North America once before (to Switzerland, ten years ago, on a very structured group trip), and I don't know what I need to be prepared for.
"Why don't you just ask your boyfriend?" --Great question!
He was born and raised in the US and is only living in London temporarily for his job. He's been traveling throughout Europe since he was a kid, so a lot of the "obvious" stuff I would need to know isn't so obvious to him.
Like, for instance, I only recently realized that not all outlets in the world look like this
. I mean, I guess I knew, sort of, but I had never really thought about it. This is something he assumed that I just knew about.
Basically, I need help!
My living arrangements will be set while I'm there, but what else should I be prepared for? What do I need to bring? What do I not
need to bring? Is there anything the US has that I overlook every day that London doesn't have? Immigration and customs is a completely new world to me--is there anything I can't
bring? It's very foreign to me to have "travel" mean something other than "pile crap in car, start driving," so I welcome any and all tips and suggestions.
What things must I absolutely do while I'm there? Limited-funds-friendly options encouraged. I'll have pretty much every day during working hours to myself. I live in a city, so I'm used to just walking and exploring and am very comfortable taking (an admittedly much less vast system of) public transit. My home base will be very near the Shoreditch High Street tube stop.
We might also make a trip to Bath and/or Bristol.
Also, his company comped business class tickets for me. (I KNOW!) I'm a coach kid. I don't drink, which, as I understand it, is one of the biggest perks of premium seats. I'm flying on American Airlines: what other ways can I milk the indulgences of what were surely very pricey tickets?
Thanks so much!