Every year more than 250,000 US college students study abroad. Thousands of them choose London due to access to world class universities, its modern urban vibe and easy access to popular historical and cultural tourist sites in the UK and across Europe. Many families choose to plan a family vacation to meet up with their college student overseas.
If your student will be studying in London next semester or in the Spring, now is the time to plan out your vacation strategy. If there are younger siblings you will probably have to work around school vacation periods so booking airfare early is a must. Hotel booking sites such as Travel Hotels England are a great way to discover a wide range of options including traditional hotels and bed and breakfast accommodations in London, its suburbs and across the country.
At a minimum plan a couple of days in the city to see the sights and take in a show. Teens will want to shop at landmarks such as Harrods and Carnaby Street. Sports fans may want to visit Wembley Stadium or the Wimbledon Tennis Museum. And of course, don’t miss out on the changing of the guard and viewing the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. Did you know you can skate on the frozen moat surrounding the Tower in the winter?
Most families will also want to explore beyond London; perhaps taking the train to York, Oxford or Cardiff, Wales. You might also consider grabbing a cheap flight to Edinburgh for a few days. Hotels UK is a great resource for planning your trip across the region. There are many options for guest houses, hostels, hotels and apartment rentals depending on your needs.
Whatever type of family visit you plan, you can be sure that your college student will be excited to see mom, dad, brothers and sisters and to show off their temporary hometown!