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8 Reasons You Will Love and Hate Living in London

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8 Reasons You Will Love and Hate Living in London

Like every other city in the world, there are two sides to London. There is its culturalism and diversity to make it a wonderful place to live, but then there is also the cost of living and somewhat depressing weather that can make living there a bit of a trial. If considering a move to this picturesque, yet crowded, city, here are a few pros and cons to think about before finalizing any paperwork.

Reasons You’ll Love Living in London

1. The Entertainment Scene – It doesn’t cost a thing to visit cultural places like museums or art galleries, and there is a wide array of both in London. It also has a vibrant music scene, brilliant party ideas by groups, as well as a wide variety of plays and musicals being performed nightly throughout the city.

2. Friendly and Safe – The people of London are some of the friendliest in the world, which is why it has been repeatedly rated one of the top 5 cities. It is also one of the safest, thanks to the excellent police system, coupled with the CCTV cameras that keep watch over the city.

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3. Excellent Schools – London boasts amazing schools, both private and state operated, all of which have great facilities for their students.

4. Diversity – People from all over the world have come to live in London, which means a great opportunity to learn one of the 200 languages spoken there, as well as seeing the customs firsthand.

5. Great Location & Citizenship by Investment – Because of its size, and the fact that so many other countries are so close, London offers great week-end getaways to locations like Paris or Italy. The UK also encourage a form of citizenship by Investment, where those who wish to visit this destination often (on business or other means), can literally acquire citizenship by virtue of making a substantial financial investment to the country.

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6. Beautiful Parks – No matter where a person is, there is always a gorgeous park nearby, where a person can jog, swim, skate, or just relax and enjoy the view.

7. Public Transport – With buses and cabs on top and The Tube below, there is nowhere in London a person needs to go that can’t be reached by public transport.

8. Changing Seasons – Winter snow, fresh air to breathe life into the spring flowers, sunny summer days, and the beautiful autumn colors of red and gold all represent the range of London’s seasons.

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Reasons You’ll Hate Living in London

1. Expensive – From the price of gas, to rent, to cost of living, London is quite an expensive place to live. Finding cheaper solutions may be difficult, so it may be necessary to seek out London relocation services long before a move, to keep the stress of house-hunting to a minimum.

2. Queues – Whether queuing for a club, an art gallery, or even a bank machine, standing in line is a way of life in London.

3. Tourists – London is one of the busiest cities in the world for tourists, thanks to its history and landmarks, which can become a bit trying for locals.

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4. Weather – With changing seasons comes changing weather, from pouring rain to burning sun, with wind or worse thrown in at any given time.

5. Someone’s Always Watching – Remember the CCTV cameras listed above?  With the safety comes the lack of privacy of having cameras watching wherever a person goes.

6. Pollution – Thanks to the horrendous amount of traffic in the city, it is one of the worst cities for air pollution.

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7. The Need for Supplements – With most of the city’s population spending the short days inside, Vitamin D supplements are a necessary replacement for actual sunshine.

8. Traffic – Rush hour in any city is usual a horrendous experience, and London is no exception. But not only is driving in the city a chore, riding The Tube is equally frustrating, as scores of people cram together on their commute to and from work.

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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