Returning to Great Britain

London (photo: TJ Morris)

In less than five weeks, my travels will take me back to Great Britain for the first time in 14 years.

It feels like yesterday that I first approached the white Cliffs of Dover on a hovercraft from Calais, France.

(I may have been a clueless backpacker back then, but at least I knew you don’t get to ride a hovercraft very often.)

The next day I took the train to London, where something posessesed me to try and see as many musicals as possible in a 4-day span.

Buying restricted view seats, I saved a ton of money, and doubled up with matinee showings of Rent and Oklahoma, and evening shows of Les Miserable and Chicago. In between, I hung out in Leicester Square.

On the way back from Ireland, I also took the time to visit Canterbury, which no doubt would’ve made one of my college English Literature professors quite happy.

Five years earlier, I’d visited Britain for the first time.

It was a two week family trip that lead me there, and along with visits to Bath, Oxford, and Stonhenge, we’d done the touristy things in London. Maybe that’s why I felt no pressure to sightsee my second time around.

Returning to London for my third time, I once again have a new set of goals.

On the business end, I will be attending the annual World Travel Market, hosted in London, the first week of November.

On the personal end, I’m excited to catch up with some of my favorite British and Colombian friends I’ve met traveling the last five years.

And with a little luck, I’ll manage to squeeze in another musical for old time’s sake.


This article was written by Dave, and brought to you by Visit Britain.


  1. Susan Reed says

    Ahh! I thought I was the only one who mistook a visit to London for a theater-going binge? Hahaha… Glad to know I wasn’t alone in the 4 plays in 24 hours thing.

    Where’d you get the hovercraft???!!!

      • says

        I believe the Dover to Calais hovercraft ended around the year 2000. Today Seacat operate a fast Hoverspeed service, but I imagine it isn’t as fun. If you are in the UK and want a hovercraft experience then there is a passenger only service that runs between Southsea (Portsmouth) and Ryde, Isle of Wight.

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