The UK offers visitors a wide variety of things to do, from visiting castles and historic mansions to going on safaris or camping in the countryside. There are many opportunities for families with children of all ages as well as travellers who have less interest in children’s activities like amusement parks or zoos.
Visitors often come to Britain for its natural beauty, including the Scottish Highlands, the Lake District in England or Wales’ Snowdonia National Park. Unfortunately, some visitors often find themselves in for a rough ride, especially when they make simple vacation mistakes before leaving their home country. Here are five common mistakes visitors make while travelling to the UK:
1. Not planning ahead and booking your flights in advance.
One of the most common mistakes travellers make is not planning ahead and booking flights in advance. There are a number of reasons why people don’t plan ahead. Some people are afraid of missing out on deals and prices, others forget and book their travel on short notice, or some just don’t know how to do it. However, if you’re deciding to come to the UK on holiday, it helps to book your flights in advance, so you have a good idea to expect while travelling.
2. Not researching travel visas and other immigration information.
Before you travel to a new destination, it is important to educate yourself about the laws and customs of that country. The UK has a wide array of immigration rules and regulations that need to be followed before entering the country. For example, ensuring that you have the right visa if you’re visiting, ensuring that your passport is valid or ensuring that your indefinite leave to remain expiry isn’t up if you’re a permanent resident. These issues could result in you being turned away. Getting in touch with an immigration lawyer or visiting the UK Government website should give you the information you need.
3. Not doing enough research about the trip.
No matter where you go in the world, it’s essential that you research your trip. Whether it’s about the culture, laws, or even local transportation, doing research could give you the information you need to ensure that you have an enjoyable trip without any worries.
4. Forgetting that the British drive on the ‘wrong side of the road.
Traffic laws are completely different in the UK. While most countries drive on the right side of the road, British motorists drive on the left, which could cause some confusion. However, if you familiarize yourself with traffic laws, you won’t make that mistake when driving in the UK.
5. Spending too much money on souvenirs from department stores instead of paying more attention to local gift shops.
It’s perfectly normal to someone to want a souvenir that will be a momento for your British adventure. However, it’s important to remember that local gift shops can give you a unique experience and momentos that you can’t get from department stores. So look around and check out what these local stores have to offer you, and stop spending way too much money on department stores.