6 Mistakes ... When Visiting London

伦敦是一个可以为你提供繁多旅游景点的大城市,但是是当你被眼花缭乱的景象搞得不知所措的时候,她那五光十色的景象可能会使人窒息。所以你要尽量多作准备,那就可以很舒适地对面伦敦的风景了。通常第一次访问伦敦的游客都会犯很多错误,只有足够的准备才能是使你如鱼得水。

为了帮助您避免感到束手无策不知所措,我们收集了一些游客在伦敦犯下的最大错误,作为前车之鉴,免得蹈袭覆辙。

过马路的时候看错了方向

你可能已经知道,与我们在美国的习惯相比,英格兰的汽车是行驶在另一边。尽管如此,要习惯这种情况可真是让人感到不容易,特别是在过马路的时候更容易犯错误。

当你过马路时,你自然会首先看到离你最近的来车方向。这意味着,在伦敦,你常常会看错了方向 - 这很容易导致你被汽车撞到。正因为这个原因,他们特意在街道上用大块字母写上“向右看”或“向左看”。这些字母非常有用,你必须使用它们!习惯是很难在短时间里更改的。

乘出租车,不敢坐地铁

在一个你从未去过的大城市里找一个地方绝对是艰难的,因此很多游客在出行时会坚持使用出租车。在伦敦尤其如此,那些看上去老式的出租车非常迷人可爱。不幸的是,他们的价格却是昂贵的。

伦敦有一个好的无比的公共交通系统,你应该利用它,没有理由被它吓倒。地铁(或称为“Tube”),实际上很容易弄清楚它们的行驶方向,而且比出租车更快,更省钱。

不买公共交通的 Oyster 卡

我去伦敦之前得到的最好的建议是在大学期间住在那里的一位朋友所告诉我的。她告诉我买一张公共交通的 Oyster 卡。许多游客只会错误地每次在地铁站或者公共汽车站买票,而没有购买 Oyster 卡,购买 Oyster 卡要比临时买票省很多钱。

你可以在一张 Oyster 卡上打入一定数量金钱,你就可以持续使用很长的一段时间。你可以提前在网上购买旅游者的 Oyster 卡,如果卡里的钱用完了的话,你可以在任何地铁站再往卡里充值。因为使用了那张卡,我在伦敦的时候几乎都没使用其他的交通工具,这张卡真的很好使。

只吃鱼和薯片

当你想到伦敦美食时,你可能首先想到鱼和薯片。当然,这是典型的伦敦美食,但它肯定不是你体验这个城市应该吃的唯一食物。

我住在那里的许多朋友都对伦敦的印度美食场所赞不绝口,这绝对值得一试。去当地的酒吧,也是品尝英国美食的另一种绝佳方式。

以为美式英语与英式英语没有什么区别

如果你来自美国,由于语言的原因,伦敦看起来比欧洲其他地方更容易去旅游。比起意大利语,理解英国口音显然要容易得多。

虽然确实比较容易理解伦敦当地人的说话,但这并不意味着根本就没有语言障碍。许多游客会认为所有伦敦人都会说得豪华而精致,但英国人有时会非常重的英国口音,这就难以理解了。而且游客也听不懂他们的俚语。

跳过了那些免费的景点

你可能会认为伦敦的免费景点会很蹩脚而且很无聊,但事实并非如此。前往免费的旅游景点节省一些钱。例如,国家美术馆,大英博物馆和泰特现代美术馆都是免费的,所有这些都有很多值得一看的地方。到伦敦旅行可能很昂贵,但它不至于使你破费太多。


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London is a large city with so much to offer that it can feel a bit intimidating, especially if you have no idea what you're doing. Being as prepared as possible will help you feel more comfortable. There are a lot of mistakes tourists make when they visit London for the first time, and you want to do your best to look like you fit in.

... To help you avoid feeling like a fish out of water, we rounded up some of the biggest mistakes tourists make in London so that you can avoid following in their footsteps.


Looking the wrong way when crossing the street

You probably already know that cars drive on the other side of the road in England compared to what we're used to in America. Still, getting used to that can be jarring, especially when it comes to crossing the street.

When you go to cross the street, you'll naturally first look in the direction of traffic closest to you. That means that, in London, you're going to first look the wrong way — and that could easily result in you getting hit by a car. In fact, they actually have "look right" or "look left" in huge block letters on the street exactly for this reason. Use them! It's hard to adjust to the difference.


Taking cabs instead of the tube

Navigating a big city you've never been to can definitely be scary, so many tourists will stick to taxis when it comes to getting around. This is especially true in London, where the old-fashioned-looking cabs are very charming and adorable. Unfortunately, they're also overpriced.


London has an incredible public transportation system that you should be taking advantage of, and there's no reason to be intimidated by it. The Underground (or the "tube," as it's called) is actually very simple to figure out, much faster, and a lot cheaper than taxis.


Not buying an Oyster card

The best piece of advice I got before going to London was from a friend who had lived there during college. She told me to buy an Oyster card to use for public transportation. Many tourists will make the mistake of buying individual transportation tickets for the underground or the bus, but this costs a lot more than an Oyster card.

You load an Oyster card with a certain amount of money, and they last for a surprisingly long time. You can buy a visitor card online ahead of time, and you can reload them at any tube station. I spent almost nothing on transportation while I was there thanks to that card, and it was wonderful.


Only eating fish and chips

When you think of London food, you probably first think about fish and chips. Sure, this is typical London fare, but it's certainly not the only food you should be eating to get a taste of the city.

Many of my friends who had lived there raved about the Indian food scene in London, which is definitely worth trying. Local pubs are another great way to get a taste of British cuisine.


Assuming there won't be a language barrier

If you're coming from the US, London can seem like a much more accessible trip than other parts of Europe because of the language. It's obviously a lot easier to understand a British accent than, say, the Italian language.

While it's true that it's easier to understand London locals, that doesn't mean there's no language barrier at all. Many tourists will assume all Londoners will sound posh and sophisticated, but British accents can sometimes be very heavy and hard to understand. There is also a lot of slang that tourists aren't going to understand.


Skipping the free attractions

You might assume that the free attractions in London will be lame and boring, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Save some money by heading to the tourist sites that are free. For example, the National Gallery, the British Museum, and the Tate Modern are all free and there's a lot to see in all of them.  London can be expensive, but it doesn't need to be a trip that breaks the bank.


By Jessica Booth  https://www.thisisinsider.com/mistakes-tourists-make-in-london-2018-4


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