I am an absolute novice when it comes to overseas travel, and I have a disability which affects my ability to do everything, but I get by. I have been given medical permission to have my 1 & only “trip of a lifetime” & my brother is coming with me as my companion/carer/packhorse etc. we are going to England/Scotland & Paris in April/May 2013. And thus far we have booked our flights and accommodation.
I will have to pace myself (pain/physical restrictions) & my brother will go off and do boy things on the days I have to just stay put. We have arranged to stay 3-4 nights in most places we are visiting. London is split into a 3 night stay, then tour around England via train, then a 5 night stay in London again before we head to Paris for 6 nights.
I have a million questions but will try to stick to a few main ones here, if I can! We have a few ideas of things we want to see in the regional areas of England/Scotland, but we are getting a little frazzled (read- I am!) trying to work out the best way to see what we want in London & Paris.
We are debating doing a hop on/off tour when we first get to London, give us a feel for what we want to really see and the lay of the land for seeing as much as we can. I have seen pos/neg comments re the hop on/offs but think it may be a good way to get a snapshot of London- and earmark what we want to go back to in more depth? What do people think?
Then we will be doing regional England & Scotland via train- probably getting a Britrail pass here- thoughts on this idea?
When we return to London- we had thought of getting a 3 day London Pass- with the skip the queue option, with travelcard maybe? I have a list of what we want to see- just haven’t got a handle on where they all are comparatively! Found a website yesterday that looked like it had an interactive map where you could just put in the places you were interested in and then it gives you a good picture of where they all are- but I went to another page then couldn’t find it again- dammit! I may not be able to go out on all 3 days, but it seem more cost effective to buy that 1 anyway- comments please? My brother will rush about on all 3 days, lol, but I cannot.
I do have lists for what we want to see- but as I am lousy at geography and have no idea how long it takes to get from A to B in traffic etc- I need help!!!!!!!!!!!
There is so much info I have confused myself, lol. I just woul dlike to have a simple and easy plan for seeing as much as we can- I have more limts than my brother tho, but he can do extras on my “rest” days!