Big Bus Tour of London!

Tomorrow, the class will be going on a double decker bus tour throughout the city. Included in the package is a river cruise on Thames!

Some of London’s most popular attractions that the bus is stopping at includes….

The London Eye
Madame Tussauds
Tower of London
The London Dungeon
Sea Life London Aquarium
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
St Paul’s Cathedral
The Royal Mews
Kensington Palace
Tower Bridge Exhibition
The Shard
Bond in Motion

Can’t wait to check out all of the top spots London has to offer!

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Travelodge

The Travelodge Hotel in the Docklands (east India tube stop) in southeast London offers wonderful accommodations at around $90 USD per night. After flying into Heathrow it is about a 2 hour tube ride, but worth it! Great place to explore while waiting to check in at Regents University (central London).

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Riding the tube!

If you have questions people are willing to help! Grab a “tube map” when you get to the airport and it will take you one-way wherever you need to go for about £4.70. Clean, comfortable seating also! Be aware…on stairs and escalators people walk up and down the opposite ways as in the USA!

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Airplanes

American Airlines checks bags for free during international flights! Great perk at Bradley intl. Airport. Have boarding pass ready to go, and wear the least metal possible for when you go through TSA security. That means belts, wallets, phones, shoes, purses AND any liquids over 3oz.

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Packing

We all know before going to London that all students are responsible for their own flight, and transportation to Regents University. That being said it would save everyone time and stress if we all prepare efficiently.

As Dr. Susan Coleman reminded us all, this is NOT a fashion show! Some quick reminders we could are use are:

– Put valuables, papers (including a valid passport), medication and one change of clothing in a smaller bag that will be your carry-on bag at the airport.

– Temperatures stay mild, usually from 6 degrees Celsius (43 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter to 20 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) in summer.

– Snow and ice are rare in London. What makes winter miserable is the rain and the ongoing dampness.

– Bring a waterproof jacket or umbrella.

– Use smaller items like socks, rolled up t-shirts and underwear as fillers.
Packing bulky things like shoes along the edge of a suitcase provides more room.

– Pack only what you know will be used.

– Use travel size or small containers for toiletries. (Over 3 oz. of shampoo or ant liquid will be thrown out or taken at the security checkpoint or customs in the airport)

– Unless you’re tied to certain types of shampoo, consider waiting to buy most of your toiletries in London.

Remember – business casual for all activities and functions besides free-days and pre/post travel!

Also, if you want to purchase a bottle of water for the flight over, don’t do it until after you go through security at the airport. If you buy it before, they will not allow you to take it through. After you go through security there will be shops where you can buy water.

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Jet lag

Knowing that London is just about 5 hours ahead of our time here in New England, USA I did some research. For those of you who don’t know what jet lag is, British Airways provides some great information online:

“Jet lag occurs when the body clock is disrupted by crossing a number of time zones. The symptoms can include fatigue, disorientation and an inability to sleep.”

Some simple ways to adjust to jet lag are:

– Book a flight that allows early evening arrival and stay up until 10 p.m. local time. (If you must sleep during the day, take a short nap in the early afternoon, but no longer than two hours. Set an alarm to be sure not to over sleep.)

– Anticipate the time change for trips by getting up and going to bed earlier several days prior to an eastward trip and later for a westward trip.

-Upon boarding the plane, change your watch to the destination time zone.

-Avoid alcohol or caffeine at least three to four hours before bedtime. Both act as “stimulants” and prevent sleep.

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