Essential Travel Information for England

Know this essential information on England Travel

When to Go

It may be wise to plan around the high season, which is from June to August. Although Spring or autumn (Apr. - May and Sept. - Oct.) are more appealing times to visit, the weather is still reasonable and flights are cheaper, though there may be fewer services in rural areas. If you intend to visit the large cities and linger indoors at museums and theatres, the off-season (Nov. - Mar.) is most economical. Another factor to consider is hours of daylight. In summer the sun rises as early as 05:30 am and sets as late as 09:30 pm and in winter the sun rises as late as 08:00 am and sets as early as 03:30 pm.

Weather

England has no season when the weather is predictably wonderful. Most people prefer May, June and October, when the day temperatures are cool, whereas other people prefer July to September when temperatures are about 5°C higher. It is always wise to carry an umbrella and an sweater with you regardless of when you go. Seasons are as such: Spring is from March - May, Summer is from June - August, Autumn/Fall is from September - November, Winter is from December - February.

Health and Safety

Familiarize yourself with your surroundings before setting out. Check maps in shops and restaurants rather than on the street. Never admit that you are traveling alone, and be sure someone at home knows your itinerary. When walking at night, stick to busy, well-lit streets and avoid dark alleyways. England shouldn't be a huge hazard to your health. You should however drink plenty water and eat salty foods to avoid dehydration if you tend to walk a lot. Other than that, there are a few common travel illnesses that may occur, such as: travelers diarrhea, heatstroke, or altitude sickness.

Visas and Passports

EU citizens do not need a visa. Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the US do not need a visa for stays of up to six months.

Citizens of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, and the US need valid passports to enter England and to reenter their own countries. Most countries do not allow entrance if the holder's passport expires in under six months.

Money and Currency

The pound sterling is the main unit of currency in England. There is an abundance of ATM's in England and they accept all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, etc. In most European countries , the 5 - 10% gratuity is already included in the food service bill, but an additional 5 - 10% tip for very good service is often very polite.

 



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