One of the challenges facing anyone enjoying a trip to London is making sure that you get the most out of the visit. The truth is that there is such a thing as too much choice, that a city like the UK capital offers so many options and choices that, if you’re not careful, you can end up spending all of your time dithering between different possibilities and end up only doing half of what you want to. Procrastinating in this manner can impact hugely upon the pleasure you derive from your stay in London, so it’s vital that you adopt some tactics, such as those listed below, to make your decisions quickly and decisively:
1. Focus – think about what you’ve come to London to enjoy and focus sharply upon making this happen. It could be visiting historical buildings, touring the many world class galleries or taking advantage of some business or employment issues. Whatever it is that you’re seeking to get out of your trip, make sure that it is at the centre of your planning.
2. Write it Down – thinking about something for too long can lead to it becoming muddled and over complicated in your head. Write down the things you wish to prioritise and it will be much clearer, and a written document will give you the basis of a plan for your visit which can be referred to at any time.
3. Break it Down – organising a visit to London from scratch can seem like an epic task, with multiple issues such as transport, accommodation and attractions which need to be booked in advance piling up on top of you. Keep things manageable by breaking the whole trip up into smaller ‘mini-tasks’, concentrating on one – booking a hotel room for example – before moving on to the next.
4. Plan each Day – make sure that you know, when you get out of bed in the morning, what you’re going to be doing on any given day. Monday could be museum day, for example, while Tuesday is the day you spend in the park and Wednesday is put aside for shopping. Remain flexible, however, since circumstances could get in the way. If it’s raining on Tuesday, for example, then spend that day indoors and make another day the day you spend in the park.
5. Early Start – a trip to London can be an exhausting business, due to the size of the city in general, the sheer numbers of people you have to share the streets, buildings, trains and busses with and the many attractions you’ll be hoping to visit. Resist the temptation to sleep in, however, since you’ll regret the time wasted when you get back home. A comfortable hotel offering a good night’s sleep will mean you’re far more likely to rise early feeling refreshed and ready to start again.
6. Slow down – the temptation to rush from one place to another can be very difficult to resist, but slowing down a little will mean you appreciate the places you do visit much more. It may seem counter intuitive, but hurrying can sometimes result in you actually achieving less in the time.