UK ARRIVAL GUIDE | Do you know what the best time of the year is to plan your big move and what the best way for you to travel to the UK is? Learn some hints and tips here.
When to Travel
While the timing of your arrival in the UK will often be dictated by various things, every season in the UK has something to offer, so there isn’t really a bad time to arrive. The benefits of arriving in January or February, however, are mostly to do with settling in quickly and saving enough cash to take a summer break by June. You’ll have to put up with a few months of cold, wet weather but this will get you in the mood for spring’s festivities.
How to Travel
Flights from AUS and NZ take 24 to 36 hours because of the nine- to 13-hour time difference.
Flights from South Africa take about 11 hours. The time difference is one to two hours depending on daylight saving (putting clocks forward an hour at the start of spring and back in autumn so afternoons have more daylight and mornings less),which means no jetlag.
Travelling en route to the UK is a great way to break up the trip. A popular short-stop for Aussies and Kiwis is Thailand, as many European flights are routed through Bangkok. Popular longer diversions include a ski season in the USA or volunteer programmes in South America, which range from a few weeks to a few months.
Shop around for fares – they vary greatly depending on a number of factors. As with all travel, it pays to be either very organised (booking well in advance) or very flexible and fast to react (last-minute deals). Keep in mind that it helps to have a return fare valid for a year and that allows a free change of date. These can sometimes be re-routed to another destination. Ask your travel agent about these fares and don’t forget to take departure taxes into account.