1:12 London Baby!
The first trip is pretty much planned; both the plane tickets and the hotel is booked. I am so exited to go to London next weekend. So far I have decided that the 12 cities I'm going to visit, mainly, and probably exclusively, will be in Europe. Luckily, there is a lot of countries, cities and places that I haven't been yet, so there is a lot to explore.
I have, though, been to London before, but I was only 13 years old when I went with my aunt and cousin, and I'm sure that the picture I have in my head from then is completely different to how my experience of the city will be this time.
Because I have decided to travel every month, most of my trips will be short ones and mostly over weekends. This time, I will leave Friday straight after work and be back Monday morning and go directly to work. I wasn't sure if I should go back Sunday night or Monday morning, but I decided to stay another night to get the most out of the trip.
I picked London as my first destination because it's close to Denmark, it's very easy to go there (only around 2 hours by plane) and the tickets are incredibly cheap. I really want this travel "project" of mine to work out, so it's of great importance that I get a good start and therefore I just made a decision and went with it.
I used the Momondo app to look for plane tickets and I could actually go even cheaper, but I chose the second cheapest company. RyanAir, EasyJet and Norwegian fly to London, but since I have heard so much bad about RyanAir over the years (how they treat their employees, for an example), I decided to go with EasyJet.
To find a hotel it's always a good idea to ask friends and acquaintances if they can recommend a place or an area, because it can be very hard to know where the cool spots are, and people who know you can help you find what you're looking for. Otherwise, Tripadvisor and Trivago are very good apps to find a hotel, among other things. With the Trivago app you can get an overview of all the hotels and you can search by city or even area. What I like a lot is the fact that you can also adjust your search to the price range you want. Furthermore, it gives you the prices from e.g. Hotels.com and Booking.com, so you can see where you can find the best deal. Tripadvisor is a really good way to see what other people, who have stayed at the hotel, think of it. You can see how many people have rated the hotel, how they rated it and what they may have written about their experience there. So what I did was, I picked out a few interesting hotels and went to TripAdvisor to check their cutomers ratings and comments.
The hotel I have booked > CitizenM Tower of London < is located in central London. It is rated 4,5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor and some of the 596 ratings have comments like "Almost perfect", "Fantastic", "Top" and so on. Furthermore, it has a very cool decor, which I like. I think it will be just good! The important thing for me, is to be able to get around and see the attractions, see some streetart, go to cozy cafés and good restaurants in the 2 days that I have there. I would also like to meet some new people, but that is already arranged and I will probably write more about that, when I get back.