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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Infographic: Is it Britain or the UK?

Do you get confused when people refer to the United Kingdom, Britain and London? They aren't all the same thing, though London is part of both Britain and the UK. There are different flags and Ireland is two different countries, one of which isn't in the UK and one is? Huh? Well, if you wonder why I don't just say I'm headed to Europe when I'm going to London and Paris, it's because England is not part of Europe. In fact, I'll have to learn two exchange rates, because the first part of my trip uses Great Britain Pounds (GBP = £) and the other part uses Euros (€). If you're planning a trip to the UK or Europe, you might want to brush up on the exchange rates before you go - don't exchange your money ahead of time though, because you'll end up paying more than you should. Actually, one of the best places to change dollars to pounds or euros is the post office at your destination. More ways to save after this informative graphic!

Traveling to London? It can be crazy expensive, but not when you plan ahead and find cheap and free activities to do in between those more expensive ones. Here are my tips for saving in London and Lonely Planet offers this free Kindle book on free museums and other experiences in Britain (so more than just London). You don't need a Kindle to read it, just the app on your phone, tablet or computer. Get up-to-the-minute information by downloading some fancy and useful apps for your trip.

Take a trip to Ireland and save big time in Dublin, though it's not part of the UK, it's still an amazing destination and can be really budget-friendly. Or make your way to Scotland and spend wee amounts of money with these tips for traveling Edinburgh on the cheap.

Want to live it up in France? Well, there are ways to make that inexpensive too, or at least more affordable. Want to know how? See my tips on Paris for (frugal) lovers.

And now you know the difference between British Isles, Great Britain and the United Kingdom! Have you been to any countries in the UK? Or will you be planning one soon?

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