As a US-based flight attendant who commutes from London – and flies London trips – I get the “What should I do on my London layover?” question a lot. Several weeks ago I posted my hands-down #1 suggestion for a random day in London. I promised some more ideas though. So here you go, in no particular order…ways I personally like to spend an afternoon in London:
#2. Explore Shoreditch
Shoreditch backs right up to Whitechapel – stomping grounds of Jack the Ripper. There are plenty of Ripper walking tours, though lots of local shops also sell self-walking tour books for a few pounds. Walking down the main road in Whitechapel you’ll also find the famous bell foundry, birthplace of the Liberty Bell and Big Ben, to name a couple. (Last time I went into the foundry, we were told we’d just missed a visit by Prince Charles.) Continue Reading
London City (financial district), seen from the South Bank
I get this question a lot, particularly from flight attendants. London is one of those great cities where you could do something new every day and never run out of ideas – but that’s part of the problem: where to start?
There’s a new travel site in town that I’m pretty excited about. One that I think has been a long-time needed. It’s called Routehappy, and it doesn’t just find you the lowest priced airline ticket – it finds you the best value flight.
Each flight is given a “happiness score” that reflects things like legroom and availability of WiFi and ports to charge your gear. I’ve long thought that a way for customers to be informed on value – instead of just price – is the way to get airlines to compete on more than just stripping things away. But creating something like that myself was too herculean a task. Finally, someone’s done it! (Assuming it works well, of course.) On the other hand, it’s also one way to test out the statements of those who claim they’re willing to pay a little more for better treatment. What do you think? Is this an flight-buying method for you?
Now showing: Isle of Skye
Not sure how to spread your limited time in Scotland? Looking for itinerary guidance? While I won’t make promises I can’t keep, I’m here to share what we did, share ideas, and give hindsight feedback on our choices.
The first thing to point out is that we arrived back from Scotland with three more future trips planned out. We shaped this trip around our top two priorities: Edinburgh and Isle of Skye.
Day 1: Edinburgh
Day 2: Edinburgh, drive West, overnight in Invergarry
Day 3: Eilean Donan Castle, hit Isle of Skye by (late) lunch, Portree, Neist Point
Day 4: Hike the Quirang (in snow!) and Old Mann of Storr, overnight in Corbost
Day 5: Fairy Pools walk, drive to and overnight in Glen Coe
Day 6: Stirling
Day 7: Drive back to Edinburgh, stopping at the Falkirk Wheel and Antonine Wall
Day 8: Edinburgh, fly home.
Quick conclusions: This time-frame worked fine. We’re pleased, but if we had total time-freedom, another 2-3 days would be nice for this itinerary (assuming you didn’t add more on along the way). We skimped on Edinburgh (but knew that we’re likely visit again), and we’d love to have had time to invest in hiking the Cullins on Isle of Skye, or in Glen Coe, and/or to give Ben Nevis a go.
For day-by-day details, including food and accommodation recommendations… Continue Reading
I’ve always found advice on drinking enough water to be incredibly annoying. “Eight glasses a day”. What does that mean? How much is a “glass”? Who uses the word “glass” for a prescribed amount of anything? Is it a cup? 8oz? A pint? When why not just say that?
Traveling regularly as I do, avoiding dehydration is something that doesn’t come naturally anymore. Or is that a stupid “getting older” thing? I don’t know, but whatever the reason, I’ve caught it! Recently I came across a real answer for you, and I don’t want to forget it. So let’s print it here forever and ever.
According to 19-year fitness consultant Haylie Pomroy (guru to the stars with a new book coming out) it’s half your body weight in ounces on a regular day. When flying add an extra 8 oz per hour of flight time.
Case in point, that is almost 8 cups (for me) on a non-travel day, but just under four “glasses”, as I drink from pints Good to be clear on – finally!