• Naima Shaltu

Tips To Travel to the UK

Updated: May 19, 2019

Salaams and Hello Everyone!

I just want to start off by saying, thank you for checking out my page! These past couple of months have been stressful but, we have come up to the last day before the flight to London InshaAllah (God Willing). I have to say, that this was A LOT. I mean planning for the trip, making sure to figure out where your staying, how much money you need for the trip, etc. is all confusing. I found my self a lot of times asking people so many questions in addition to dozens of videos on traveling. What I have come to learn is at the end of the day that even though you may be planning so much for things to happen, life will just happen and things will go in the path that it has to go (even when you may not expect it or don't want it to).

There is so much you can do to prepare, but from what I am seeing, I have a good feeling it is only just 5% of the actual experience of the trip, but you never know... all I know is that I feel mixed emotions about everything. I feel excited, nervous, scared, happy, sad - all at the same time. The reason I think why this is such a big experience for me is that, this is the first time that I will be traveling alone and all the planning is on me (so any "mistakes" I make are on me). But, I want to thank all the folks who have helped me along with the planning stages of everything in order to make sure that I succeed and end up alright (shout out to Pelumi, Vivian, and Bunmi - y'all are amazing!).

What I realize is that even though this trip, I am not very dependent upon folks, it has opened my eyes to realizing what independence really is. It is just having a job, or going to school, or even just being able to drive - it's about at the end of the day being able to fully take care of yourself. And that means from A - Z ! This month, InshaAllah will be a test of my skills and really push me to get out of my comfort zone which may be scary but, I know will benefit me at the end of the day. 

 I have learned a lot more than I did a couple months ago about traveling and I want to share you some resources that helped me in terms of traveling and even starting your own travel blog:

First, learn more about the place you are traveling to! If your traveling to a different country, then most likely the ways things run in your country may differ to the one you are visiting (EVEN COUNTRIES WHOM SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE AS THE COUNTRY YOU ARE IN). Get an idea of the places you want to visit and how long you want to be there for. 

Second, when it comes to buying the tickets for your flights, search in "INCOGNITO" and don't try to buy them from the direct website of the airlines but, websites like these (that will save you tons of money!!!):

Kayakhttp://www.kayak.com Momondo - http://www.momondo.com Skyscanner - http://www.skyscanner.com Airfare Watchdog -  http://www.airfarewatchdog.com Hipmunk - http://www.hipmunk.com Google Flights - http://www.google.com/flights

Expedia - http://www.expedia.com

Third, if your checking out a hotel, the cheapest places are usually hostels but website you should be aware of are:

MeshTrip -  www.meshtrip.com Airbnb -  www.airbnb.com Trivagowww.trivago.com HostelWorldwww.hostelworld.com LastMinute -  www.lastminute.com

Fourth, pack as light as you can. If your flight is shorter than a month, you might just need a carry on small suitcase and a backpack and your good but, if your flight is a month or so, then I suggest getting a big suitcase to check in and then carry either a small suitcase with a backpack or a duffel bag and a backpack ( and if it is longer than a month then, you definitely gonna need more suitcases).

Fifth, figure out how much money you may need for the time you are staying there. It all depends on the amount of time, but also where you are traveling. Somewhere like the UK for instances is way more expensive than in comparison to maybe somewhere like Thailand, so know the conversion of currency. And if your trying to buy things from the place you are visiting to bring back, just make sure you have space in your luggage before you visit that country and that you have money put aside to make sure you have enough to spend. Also make sure to be storing your money safe but also, not bring a load of cash to walk around with when it may be unnecessary and more likely to be stolen!

And sixth as our final point (for now) is downloading apps that will help you through your journey there, whether it maybe traveling (likes buses and trains), currency conversion, restaurant apps used in that country, or anything that may be of some assistance (apps that don't have wifi are bonuses) 

I hope these points on some things that I have learned so far when prepping for your next trip InshaAllah will be useful. I have a lot ahead and I will InshaAllah be having vlogs on there way with more journey entries on my experiences starting tomorrow, but till then...

As Salaamualaykum Warahamatullahi Wa Barakatu,

May God's Peace and Blessings Be Upon You!

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