Travel

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Booking accommodation

If you want to find the best rates for places to stay in the UK try searching on these websites: booking.com – my personal favourite, due to their fee free cancellations hostelbookers.com justintimehotels.com lastminute.com or you can go straight to these hotel providers to see what their best rates are – you can often get …

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Brussels

Visit Brussels

What to do: Take a day trip to Bruge Visit a flower market Sample some local beers Visit a Vintage Boutique for some bargain buys like Tata Yoyo & Pauline Carton’s at 7 Place Rouppe 1000 Bruxelles When to visit: April/May – Spring time brings flowers and nice weather June-August – Summer time is the …

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You can now travel to Gatwick using your oyster or paywave credit card

Contactless payment / oyster cards now work all the way out to Gatwick Airport, meaning you don’t need to pre-book tickets and you can save money on your train travel. Depending where you are travelling to/from you can either catch a regular Thameslink or Southern network train, or if you are heading south towards Victoria …

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Catching taxis

Catching a cab in the UK can be trickier than other countries as there isn’t a single phone number you can call to get a local cab. You need to know the direct number of the local minicab companies. When you book, the minicab company will ask you for your pickup location and destination and …

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Travel insurance

If you are planning to travel both in the UK and abroad it is worthwhile taking out a year-long travel insurance policy. There are many good value policies around – just check it covers what you need it to in the fine print. The things I look for in particular include: Coverage in UK for …

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Travelling to Europe

Many people move to the UK to take advantage of the proximity to other European countries. London, Manchester and Liverpool make very good bases with lots of flights departing from these major cities. Holidays to the continent are easy with cheap flights to many European countries. Discount airlines flying from the UK include: British Airways (not …

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Packing list

How to get your stuff to the UK See whether you can buy extra baggage allowance on your flight (if it’s not too expensive) Consider using a removals company Send your stuff in the post (ship things you don’t need for a few months and send the rest airmail)  What to pack when you’re moving …

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Booking flights

Skyscanner.net shows you which airlines have the best flight prices. If your travel dates are flexible you can search for a whole month at a time to reveal the cheapest days to travel. If you belong to a frequent flier programme, check whether you have enough points to cover your flight – or you can see …

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Hostels

 Many people who move to the UK without knowing any locals opt to stay in a hostel when they first arrive. This will give you a chance to meet people and will be cheaper than a hotel if you share a room with others. If you want your own room it may be cheaper to …

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