Already Planning the Next London Trip

Last week, I talked about when I went to London. Something I may not have mentioned: I fell in love. With the city. London is my dream place. I’ve officially added it to my list of life goals to live in London (it wasn’t there before because I believe you should at least visit a place you hope to live beforehand to get a taste). But tragically, I was only there for a few days. Not nearly enough time to properly explore the city (or even a fraction) especially since I was still getting over jetlag and I was sick! But that doesn’t discourage me from loving it or already planning for the next time I visit. 

Next time, I will bring boyfriend. Obviously. I’d like to go in the summer simply because I do surprisingly little traveling in the summer. Usually because I crave cold weather and snow like the freaking abominable snowman and the best way to find those are to go to cold places in the winter. It doesn’t really get cold here in south Louisiana… ever. Which is depressing.

Anyway, I think I’d like to escape the extreme heat and go for a more moderate temperature during the summer next time. But that’s not a deal breaker. Another reason I travel in the winter is because I like it. 

So let’s talk about transportation for a minute. Did you know that they still have ships that take people on super romantic transatlantic journeys right into London? I actually found a specific one that I researched a lot. I showed boyfriend and he said “fuck no, the ocean is scary.” That means maybe, right?

So, yea, it takes significantly longer than a flight (like a week instead of a day…) but you can just add that time onto your vacation, right? And this company will let you bring your pets and can I just say that it is so much safer than the pressurized cargo bay of a plan? But do you really need your pets with you on vacation? 

Well, I was actually researching this mode of transportation for – I don’t know- if we want to move there someday… 

Okay, back to vacation planning. We’ll probably just take a plan like most people. Boring. Hopefully first class so we can get some tiny shred of that comfort and also because boyfriend can’t sleep well on planes and maybe that would help. 

When we get there, I’d prefer to AirBnB with an entire apartment so we can make some snacks and meals and not eat out every single time we’re hungry. Speaking of eating, I’ll probably be pretty flexible with the restrictions I put on myself at home because, vacation, right? I’ll want to get tea at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. You read that right. It’s a cat cafe. Omgyes. I’ve also made note of a few library bars that sound cool. Otherwise, I’ll probably be okay with most places boyfriend will want. I’ll definitely be planning on getting afternoon tea at least once (also made note of a few options already). 

I’ll drag boyfriend to the things I saw the last time I was there like 221 B Baker street and King’s Cross. We’ll go to markets and museums. We’ll walk up and down the Thames. We’ll watch the changing of the guards even though I’ve heard it’s overrated. We’ll ride the Eye even though I don’t like heights. We’ll be mostly discovering and exploring brand new things together though. Because three days isn’t even enough time to put a dent in London.

Already Planning the Next London Trip

London in Winter 2016

​​Now that I’ve cleared the air about what was wrong about my traveling over the winter break, let’s get to what was so good about it.

First of all, I got to see my parents and siblings. The whole trip was a Christmas present to me, so I didn’t pay a dime. But don’t worry, my mom actually got an insanely good deal on the tickets. Yay mom.

In Europe, it’s a lot easier and cheaper to travel to other places in Europe than traveling from America. So my mom took me and my sister to London for a couple days. I’m realizing now that talking about all this kinda sounds like we have tons of money. But let me state this again for you – my mom got an insanely good deal on my tickets and the tickets to London were also cheaper than you would see going from the states.

Anyway, we also went to a few Christmas markets around Germany and did other stuff. It was all good fun. But obviously I’m going to talk about London here (see title…) because it was the newest thing to me. I’ve been to Christmas markets and all that other stuff before. It was my first time in London. 

It was only three days which is devastatingly short. In those few days, we did a few touristy things. We saw the London Eye and Big Ben. We didn’t do anything other than take pictures and walk by. (Shhh, I’m saving super touristy things like that for next time when I bring boyfriend). 

I dragged them to 221 B Baker street and King’s Cross. 

My sister dragged us to Lush (I’m really no complaining there…) My mom dragged us through the over-crowded Leicester square. We went to the Nickelodeon store and the M&M’s store. We went to the Hard Rock Cafe where we ate and bought the obligatory t-shirt.

We saw the angels in Picadilly Circus, big red busses, telephone boxes, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and the Thames. We walked along Southbank and saw a guy blowing bubbles and another guy building sand sculptures. We took the underground a lot and we walked even more.

It was wonderful, but far from perfect. As previously mentioned, boyfriend didn’t come along. So the next post will actually be about planning next time.

London in Winter 2016