Category Archives: Destinations

Down the Tube – Secrets of the London Underground

The London Underground is one of the oldest in the world. The oldest parts recently celebrated their 150th birthday. And whilst it might not be able to compete with the modern, high-tech networks in some other cities, it surely has its very own charm and identity.

No it does not run 24/7… apart from New Years Even. Although some lines have started a night tube service on weekends.

Yes it lacks air-conditioning on most of the lines (and only works half of the time on those chosen few)

No it does not come cheap, compared to some others.

But it is still one of the quickest ways to get from A to B when in London. And we do love it, even if we complain about it (we are Brits, that’s what we do).

If you are a tourist in this city, chances are you will use it a lot and completely rely on it.

So let me introduce some tube trivia and secrets of the underground to keep you entertained and busy during those rides.

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Visiting London on a budget – even if you are broke

Visit London on a budget - make the most of one of the best cities in the world without breaking the bank - Travel for a Living

London is the greatest city in the world (well if you ask me, which is why I (and a couple of million other people) chose to live here. But London is also one of the most expensive cities in the world. And for many that is enough to scare them off. Money aside, London has so much to offer, it would be a shame to miss out on that … and not everything comes with a hefty price tag. So here are some handy tips on how to make the most of visiting London on a budget.

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Stand on the Right – Rules for riding the London Tube

Visiting London? Read these essential rules for Riding the London Tube to be prepared - Travel for a Living

Almost five million people use the London tube network every day. If you’ve ever waited for a Central Line train on a Monday morning during rush hour, you’d be convinced every single one of those five million shared the very same platform with you that morning.

As long as us commuters stay amongst ourselves, it all works well. We move at a rushed pace, we know exactly where we want to go, where to stand on the platform to ensure the quickest exit when getting off and we don’t need to consult a tube map, let alone ask someone for direction. But throw in some random tourists and this whole subterranean eco system falls apart.

If you are one of those nasty tourists, let me introduce some simple rules on how to survive your tube ride:

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Top 5 things to do in New York City

Top 5 Things to do in New York City - Travel for a Living

After London New York City is my second favourite city in the world (can you tell I’m a city girl at heart? Who would have guessed I grew up in the countryside)

First time we went to New York was for our honeymoon. A long trip with the intention to see it all and tick it off the bucket list once and for all. Little did I know this was just the start of an ongoing romance.

We’ve since been back twice and I can’t wait for the next time (Christmas shopping in New York would probably be next on my bucket list)

There is a lot to see and do in New York, so today I share my personal Top 5 things to do in New York City with you

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A night to remember – Elbphilharmonie

Ever so often you find yourself in the right place at the right time.

Such as last January. We had a 2 day trip to the vicinity of Hamburg and decided to take the opportunity to see the newly opened Elbphilharmonie, which after years of delay finally opened three weeks prior.

So we booked ourselves into a hotel near the harbour, at the top end of the Reeperbahn. Within walking distance so to say.

The original plan was to walk along the harbour to the Elbphilharmonie, have a look around, see if we could get tickets for the viewing gallery and go for dinner afterwards. But what are plans, if not to change?

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Tourist in my own city

I love London… and I have called London my home for almost a decade now.

But lately I have not seen much of it… other than the office and the route to the station. So last weekend we decided to tackle this and become tourists in our own city again, just for the day.

Ever since I can remember I have been in love with London. It has always been part of my life and a place I felt at home… long before I actually moved here for good.

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