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1. Posted by flagrance (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

hi all, i'm new here & would love a bit of advice.

i'm going to go to london through my university in late march. the program lasts until june 3rd, & i'm hoping to travel on the mainland by myself for a good week or so.

i was wondering:

a) where good places to go are
b) my biggest dilemma: i'm taking a suitcase to london with me, but when i go backpacking i obviously want a backpack, not a big suitcase. should i buy a good backpack here in the u.s. & take it to london with me? or should i wait to buy the backpack there? are there better/cheaper backpacks in london?

any advice is greatly appreciated. thanks :)

2. Posted by moonflower (Full Member 39 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

well i'm not sure if london is as expensive as switzerland (where i usually live) but i guess almost. so i don't think that the backpacks are as cheap as in the us or canada (where i live at the moment). so i think, it's better if you buy one in the us and bring it to london. moreover, i guess, you can find the better known brands (columbia, north face, mckinley, jansport and so on) in every outdoor store over the world!;)
i hope i could help you, have fun in london and during your trip to the mainland,

3. Posted by pineapple (Budding Member 6 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

You're right on about getting a backpack..suitcases can be trouble. For me persoanlly I would buy the pack at home. London is generally more expensive than the rest of england. Also you could look for sales and buy one that fits well (very important). If you are still in a dilemma you could always match prices from home and london outdoor stores to see which is cheaper?

As for travelling, there's only so much you can see in a "good week or so." There are a few tours you could do, but they are restrictive. Sometimes you can find people trying to sell off their tour place (go to If you are going by yourself there are heaps of options. You can buy a ticket which gives you unlimted travel for a small periods of time on trains and coaches (not sure where, perhaps look under national express or national rail uk). If you limit yourself to england and like a varied mixture of country/city life I would recommend...

Bath, Tintagel, York, Chester, Salisbury as few to go to. Really depends what you like. Wales has some beautiful places like caerphilly (awesome castle there) and pembrokeshire if you have time. Also Scotland is very beautiful the further north you go, particularly the Isle of Skye. Have a read of my travel journal if you want to know more.

4. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


With the way the exchange rate is currently going, you will probably save money by buying in the US, and generally clothing, bags, shoes etc are cheaper in the US than here (especially for us at brights at the moment!!)

Where to go and what to see . . .as pineapple says it depends what you enjoy

Walking - go to Wales, West Country, Isle of Wight, Lake Disrict or Scotland for the very best we have to offer

Cities - Brighton, London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds are have something to offer

History - virtually everywhere you go, but would suggest Salisbury, Winchester, York, Canterbury, StratforduponAvon, London

Activities - Devon, Cornwall, Wales, Lake District

and my final tip . . . I would explore the benfits of rail pass before you arrive in England

Have fun over here


5. Posted by chrissnars (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi BeckR

Chris here from Shaggy Sheep Wales.

Saw that you mentioned us in your thread, thanks for that. Next time your in Wales, I'll buy you a beer - a Felinfoel - my local brew.

Also read Feelin Foul