Travel tips, hints, and advice
A quick guide to British hotels and what to expect from them
How far in advance do you need to reserve a hotel room?
How British hotels differ from American ones
Don't use the most famous booking engines; use the ones with the largest selection and lowest rates
Comparison-shop dozens of booking engines at once
All about how I select lodgings for this site
Tips for finding great restaurants in Britain
A dozen ways to lower your hotel costs
Hotels try to pad your bill with overpriced extras and ancillary fees; here's how to avoid them
Opaque rates can save you up to 60% if you book a bit blindly
Get a hotel in the suburbs or next town over to save money
A traveler's guide to learning how to pack light and love it—or, how to fit everything you need for a six month trip into a single, carry-on sized bag
A great picture is worth a thousand travel miles—Tips, hints, and recommended photo and video gear
12 travel photography tips for capturing great shots on the road
Avoid the scandalously high prices of the hotel minbar
Avoid the scandalously high cost of making a phone call from your hotel room
The hotel garage will often be far costlier than a nearby public garage or other parking option
Breakfast at a B&B is lovely—but at a standard hotel, you probably won't be getting your money's worth
Hotel laundry services are obscenely overpriced
User review sites are handy, but take their advice with a grain (make that a shaker) of salt
A few notes on bathrooms in British hotels
Hotel sites often feature special sales and promotions you won't find on the booking engines and aggregators
A room with "external facilities" (shared bath down the hall) always costs less for this minor inconvenience
A Full English breakfast is lovely and worthwhile; a dull, continental-style one isn't worth the added expense
Crowd the clan into one room rather than renting two
Shop around, ask lots of questions, even haggle, and you can often get a room for much less
Offer pounds rather than Visa, and sometimes you can get a slight discount
Ways to sleep for free in the U.K.
Hostels, B&B's, apartments, farm stays, castles, university dorms, campgrounds...there are so many of these budget options I needed to create a whole separate section on this website just to fit them all in
Hotels' official star ratings have nothing to do with how clean, central, comfortable, or charming a hotel is—just how many (often pointless) amenities it offers
All the steps you can take to find the lowest price on the perfect place to stay
Saving yourself from sightseeing overload
Picnic like a king on the budget of a pauper
Advice, resources, & tours for female travelers to the U.K.
Advice, resources, & tours for gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and queer travelers in the U.K.
Advice, resources, & tours for handicapped travelers in the U.K.
Advice, resources, & tours for student travelers in the U.K.
Advice, resources, & tours for mature travelers in the U.K.
Advice, resources, & tours for families traveling in the U.K.
Advice, resources, & tours for pilgrims, Christians, and spiritual travelers in the U.K.
Information and concerns for gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual travelers in the U.K.
Advice and tips for single travelers in the U.K.
Tips and advice for how to get the most out of seeing the sights, museums, and monuments during your British vacation
General tips, hints, and recommended photo and video gear
Release your inner Scorsese and shoot better holiday videos to take YouTube by storm
Prix-fisse, tourist menu, lunch menu—a fixed-price or set tourist menu may not be the best meal you could have at that restaurant, but it's certainly often the best budget option
Tips to save money on dining in Britain and eat better for it
Do not leave 15% when the gratuity is already included
If you cannot avoid the breakfast charge, make the most of it
Be your own chef and you can save money and add an extra cultural experience to your trip
Lunch at a fancy restaurant will often cost less than dinner
Become a street food gourmet
From fish 'n' chip to food trucks, there are many excellent (and inexpensive) British versions of fast food to try
Skip the big slab of meat and order two starters instead—more variety, lower cost
Eat less; save more
Bottled water costs $2–$10. Tap water does not.
Pick the Chateau My-Brother-In-Law, last-year's vintage
Sights and experiences you can get for free in the U.K.
Be a sightseeing V.I.P.—Sightseeing passes grant admission to dozens of sights, avoiding the lines and saving money
Online ticket prices can be cheaper than buying them on-site (and will also save you time waiting in line)
Sightseeing discounts for children, students, seniors, families, and teachers
A guide to getting the most out of visiting Britain's museums
How to save money while traveling about England
Windsor Castle is the oldest royal residence in the world still being used by a royal family.