The Do’s and Don’ts While Travelling the UK

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The UK, officially known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, makes for an interesting country. Like every other nation, UK too has idiosyncratic patterns in behaviour, language, and culture. Make sure that you strictly adhere to every guideline that has been compiled for a great, blunder-free visit to this stupendous island nation:

1. Begin with the weather. The British love to talk about the weather. It is a time-tested technique and has been known to be one of the most effective means of breaking the ice and kick-starting a conversation in the UK.

2. Do not speak ill of the tube system in London. Every local is ferociously proud of and instinctively protective about it.

3. If you are not form the UK yourself,  then do not even bother to try putting on a British accent. You will only end up becoming the butt of every joke at a hi-tea party.

4. Speaking of tea, the English drink most tea in the entire world. Here tea reigns supreme. Conversations over tea with a Briton can become scintillating. So, go ahead and order a nice, strong cuppa.

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5. Every town and city in the UK is not situated around London. Quit asking the locals that! Hire a car and travel across the country and you’ll get to know things yourself!

6. The silliest thing you could do in the United Kingdom is to compare the country with the United States of America. Don’t grumble about the constant rain or the exorbitant price of fuel. UK is the best! Period.

7. Don’t speak too loudly in Britain. It’s considered uncouth and boorish to do so, especially at public spaces. Most Britons aren’t hard of hearing!

8. Stop saying that the UK has no great cuisine to boast of. It may be true, but you do not have to reiterate the same to a local and earn his ire!

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9. Not every family in the UK is interested in the royal family. Even if you have a keen interest in the British monarchy, bear in mind that not every Briton is smitten with the royal family. At the same time, don’t be too critical of the Royals in front of a Briton. Britons alone have the right to criticise the blue-blooded family, you see!

10. Language is a tricky thing in the UK. You do not have to answer every time you are asked ‘How do you do?’ Similarly, if you asked that to someone, do not always expect a prompt reply!

Last of all, if you travel in the U.K. and wish to sightsee and explore the country, the incessant rains here are bound to play spoilsport. To travel in comfort without spending a fortune, choose a car rental service which is affordable and offers amazing deals during the holiday seasons.

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  • Hi Maria,

    Great post 🙂 One thing I will never forget while traveling around London in 2011 during summer time was the terrible weather. It honestly felt like it was Autumn/Winter and to think it was in the middle of summer. It was a last minute trip. I flew there without doing my research and even thinking that the weather in UK is unpredictable. I didn’t even pack a single warm jacket or coat. It mostly rained with clouds and winds throughout my entire stay of 5 days in London. Some days I walked around the city while it was slightly warm in the morning and in the middle of the day through to afternoon and night it just suddenly got cold.

    So one thing I would never do while traveling in London, UK in summer is not to explore or walk around without carrying an umbrella, raincoat and a warm jacket even though it’s in the summer time. London weather is just way too unpredictable and you can’t trust the weather forecast all the time. lol Nevertheless, I still had a wonderful time exploring London and I hope to live there one day 🙂

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      • You were very lucky then. The thing I hate about London is that it’s too windy. I don’t mind the grey sky and cold weather as long as it’s not too windy. 🙂

  • London weather changes instantly when i was in london for my summer trip you cant imagine these weather changes initial days were sunny suddenly there was heavy rain started . but overall i gone through london city is awesome.

  • I already visit London and the people around is so friendly.. I will be back here someday. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Maria. Cheers UK

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