As an old saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. The rituals and conventions of a country is what makes it whole.
Be it swearing publically in Australia that can cost you around 150 pounds. Or smoking publicly in Singapore that can have serious repercussions.
Respecting the rules, regulations and customs of any country you visit makes you a valuable tourist and improves your country’s image.
Hunt hotels has encompassed a list of dos and don’ts for tourists visiting London so you can walk among the Britishers as you belong.
1- Negligence in travel documentation
Tourists often leave their documents thinking they don’t need them anymore. Don’t forget to take your documents along just because you have procured a visit visa. Authorities might not allow you to enter the UK despite your visa if you happen to miss the supporting documents.
2- Avoid expensive get-around travel systems
As a tourist, you’d want to see all possible attractions to make the best of your trip. It is wise to invest in an all-day travel card instead of a single one way ticket for sightseeing that can cost you a fortune.
A one day travel card allows you to get unlimited travel for that day. Other than that, the locals also use contactless payment cards and Oyster Cards that are best and cheapest for the UK’s public transport compared to bus, DLRs (Docklands Light Railway) and underground rides.
3- Avoid being host to unreliable weather forecast
Being a conscious tourist, you would want to keep a check on the weather updates, but since you’re in the UK – that is pretty much fruitless. The uncertainty of this country’s weather is very famous. So you might want to carry an umbrella and wear your clothing in layers. (Easy to add and remove)
4- Don’t turn a blind eye to UK Rules for Visitors
You don’t want to be that kind of a tourist now, do you? Breaching the rules in the UK can cost you your visa or worse, a long term ban to enter this terrority. Committing an offence can also result in imprisonment.
5- Don’t waste your money fancy-dining
As appealing as it is, fine dining can cost you a lot of bucks – that you can otherwise spend wisely. The UK is a culture rich country that is filled with diversified food markets, food outlets and stalls, don’t be hesitant to try those for an exotic taste bud experience.
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6- Don’t be an offensive shutterbug
We understand the urge to take photos to remember such an iconic country. With that thought, it is also crucial to be mindful about not pissing the locals off. Some of the UK’s most visited streets and spots are a regular route for their inhabitants. So unless you’re ready for some laser-eyed stares, avoid causing a traffic jam because your insta-fam is more important.
7- Don’t discombobulate city with nations
It is absolutely wreck-heaving for britans when tourists mix up England with the UK. The United Kingdom comprises four nations. England – Wales – Scotland & Northern Island. Each nation is a carrier of unique heritage and culture and does not like when tourists are inconsiderate of their idiosyncrasies.
8- Don’t hog and jump queues
Britishers take ques very seriously. Whether it’s a book signing, a theatre or a transport service. If you want to merge in and not end up offending these by-the-book citizens, stay in your lane and wait for your turn.
9- Don’t mock the tube system
As dreadful as it can be, the tube system is one of the oldest forms of daily commute in the UK that is still used by hundreds of citizens. Although the tube comes with its own monstrosities, people do not want to hear anyone bad mouthing it.
10- Don’t become a tube porter
As a tourist, we understand you will have bags to carry. But one thing the riders hate other than the tube experience itself, is the people hogging all the space with their luggage, especially during the rush hours where obscuring a place is nothing less than a marvel.
11- Avoid being a tête-à-tête
You do not want to spark random conversations with strangers you meet. It’s nice to be polite but forcing a conversation in the UK is considered to be rude and uncalled for.
12- Keep eulogising at bay
Don’t go around complimenting people, as Britishers are known to be extremely practical and composed, they won’t take it as a compliment, rather, think of you as a boaster.
13- London Bridge VS Tower Bridge
Don’t confuse the two. The bridge that is used for photography purposes in the Tower Bridge not the London Bridge. Whereas, many bridges that cross river Thamas, are named as the London Bridge. You’d want to know the difference if you don’t want to come off as illiterate.
14- Don’t use hand signs
One hand sign can mean two different things in different parts of the world. Since you are not a native of this country, your best guess would be to avoid using any. Who knows what krav maga the other person has been practising.
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15- Be considerate of the royal culture
Despite the fact that not everyone living in the UK must be a fan of the Royal family and their affairs, you as someone visiting from another country must respect the royals and their interests.
16- Take the road less travelled
Even though the United Kingdom is filled with tourist destinations that make it famous, it would be a lot more thrilling to discover the local secret spots where you won’t be carried away by the jam packed crowd.
17- Visit free museums & galleries
A trip to the UK won’t be light on your pocket, so you need to think of ways that won’t cause any hindrance in your exploration, all the while being cost friendly. There are plenty of free museums & art galleries that are rich with cultural heritage & antiquities. You definitely want to add those to your list!
18- Acknowledge hospitality
Although this should be the general custom, some people do not even consider it. Always bring a gift for your host when they invite you to their place. A baked item, a bottle of wine, a fruit basket or anything that may find appropriate to acknowledge their hospitality.
It is also obligatory for you to only start eating your food when your host does, or asks you to.
19- Meet & Greet Salutations
When you are meeting someone for the first time, a simple hand shake along with a light greeting of ‘How do you do’ will suffice. Extended hugging and kissing are considered indecorous.
20- Follow Appropriate Decorum
Britians are full of etiquettes. They have a way for everything. From greeting someone to eating, drinking, talking, walking to tipping their waiters, their public manners are a splendid example for the world.
If you ask me, these etiquettes must be followed all the time regardless of where you are and who you’re with.
As high maintenance as they are, britans like people who are punctual. If you are invited by someone, respect the time allocation so you remain in their good books.
22- Be mindful on roads
As the britishers drive on their left side, you want to stay alert of the incoming and outgoing traffic while you’re moving around.
23- Learn the Helpline Number
Remember the emergency line while visiting any country, it is not only essential for you, but it may also come in handy for someone else in danger. 999 and 112 , these emergency numbers are free to dial and can help you reach the police, ambulance and even the coastguard.
The United Kingdom is home to many cultures and customs, this country has so much to offer in its ancient brick castles and vintage streets.
Getting an opportunity to explore this part of Europe is a wish come true for many.
As you check off your bucket list for this country, be sure to respect its customs and traditions so your next trip could be an even pleasant one.
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