One of the biggest draw cards to working in London is it’s close proximity to major cities throughout Europe, Africa & America. The opportunities to travel are endless. Getting out and experiencing all the different cultures is something I can’t recommend enough. That said be sure not forget there are also a number of great cities in the UK to get out and explore as well. The following sites can help plan either short or long breaks:
Travel via Plane
Sky Scanner (http://www.skyscanner.net/): A great tool to find the cheapest flights available. Set up an alert to be sure that you don’t miss out on any fare reductions!
Travel via Bus
Megabus (http://uk.megabus.com/) is the market-leading budget inter-city coach operator in the UK & Europe. The megabus.com service, which was first launched in the UK in 2003, offers fares from just £1/€1 (plus 50p/50c booking fee) across the UK and now Europe including Paris, Amiens, Amsterdam and Brussels. Linking over 110 locations, offering high-quality, low-cost travel in some of the country’s most modern coaches and carrying more than 5 million passengers a year.
National Express (www.nationalexpress.com): National Express is an intercity coach operator providing services throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
National Express Eurolines (www.eurolines.co.uk/): Offers discounted bus travel throughout Europe.
Travel via Trains
RailEasy (http://www.raileasy.co.uk/): Are a National Rail accredited internet retail booking engine and our purpose is to help travellers find the best fare for them whether this is the cheapest ticket or the most flexible. By making it easier for customers to book rail tickets Raileasy aim to attract new people to rail and to online ticket purchases. A unique service they offer is their “Split Ticketing” service. Split ticketing works by us amalgamating cheaper tickets along your planned route.
The Trainline (http://www.thetrainline.com/ or http://www.thetrainline-europe.com/): For discount train travel in the UK or Europe. With Train travel generally the earlier you’re able to book your fares the cheaper it’ll be.
16-25 Rail Card (http://www.16-25railcard.co.uk/): People aged between 16 & 25 can also apply for a young person’s rail to get 33% off Train fares within the UK.
Hotels / Hostels
Booking.com (www.booking.com): Big savings on hotels in 80000 destinations worldwide. Browse hotel reviews and find the guaranteed best price on hotels for all budgets. One of the main reasons I prefer to use Booking.com is that on most hotels you don’t need to pay a deposit and generally are able to cancel a reservation up to 48hrs prior to your arrival.
Hotwire (https://www.hotwire.com/):Want to book hotels at up to 60 percent off? Go with Hotwire. From top-rated hotels, to last-minute savings on cheap hotel rooms, Hotwire offers thousands of hotel listings each week. Whether you need hotel reservations close to popular destinations, or if you’re already en route— They negotiate deep discounts from great hotel brands to help you save. You’ll get the name of the hotel right after you book, and at a ridiculously low rate. You choose the neighborhood, star rating and amenities – what’s not so secret is the awesome deal you’re getting. And sometimes you’ll even find a higher star rating for the same price you would pay on retail sites.
Hostelworld (http://www.hostelworld.com/): Hostelworld.com is the world’s leading hostel-focused online booking platform. Check out the up to the minute hostel reviews, view photographs and read detailed descriptions of all hostels. Confirmed reservations at a selection of youth hostels, independent hostels and international hostels in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Oceania.
Expedia (https://www.expedia.co.uk/): Bundle flights, rental cars & hotels together on the expedia website to organise your holiday at great price.
Travel Zoo (http://www.travelzoo.com/uk/): Sign up to Travel Zoo’s weekly email updates and be notified of the best details currently available to you.