United Kingdom

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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom was the patriarch, the Empire that reigned when America was born and that from which America was spawned. Having existed in earnest since 1707, the pact that originally started with England and Scotland’s combined kingdoms today includes Northern Ireland and Wales. In many ways the fountainhead of the U.K., England, showed America what being a world power is really all about.  TheUnited Kingdom’s history is deep, spanning back thousands of years and including stories of great treasures, untouchable kingdoms and intrepid heros. It’s a magical land that will always hold a dear place in our hearts as the place in which we found our wanderlust. We hope you find yours in the U.K. as well.

Capital City: London

Language: English, but several languages are recognized including Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Cornish and Welsh.

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP). GBP is currently 0.8 for 1 USD, but this has been in massive fluctuation since Brexit was announced in the summer of 2016. The Pound has been as low as ~0.6 for 1 USD in recent years, and continues to move up and down depending upon the most recent news. Make sure to check this prior to your trip to the UK, as it’s a number that could move quickly and severely in either direction, depending on what news is available.

Power Adapter: In the United Kingdom the power sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Crime & Safety: Let’s separate London from the rest of the U.K., as it’s sheer size and population makes it a different animal in terms of crime statistics. The U.K., in general, is incredibly safe. While there is a fair share of drunken hooliganism that goes on around pubs and bars, most of this ends in sloppy fistfights that never goes beyond the walls of the pub. Don’t want to get into a row? Don’t bag on Manchester United. But, I digress…

London can be dangerous in some areas, but no more-so than New York, and in very much the same way. Don’t be stupid, don’t be flashy and generally you have nothing to worry about. We’ve been to London countless times and participated in our fair share of bad behavior and drinking and never, not once, have we ever felt in danger. Ever. Other major cities in the U.K. such as Edinburgh and Cardiff are incredibly safe, while Glasgow has a bit more of a rough-and-tumble imagine. Still, cities like New Orleans or Atlanta makes Glasgow look like Club Med.

Emergency Number: 101

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