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A Golden Advice

If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, “I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.

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Transport in the UK

Here is a short guide about transport in the UK.


The bus fair cost ranges between £60p and £3.00 for one way. If you are a student then check whether you can use your “student card” for discount. Under 18s can benefit from free bus travel. More information should be available in your college/university.

Buying a monthly bus pass might save you some money over time, especially if you will be using the bus daily.


Use your student card to get a rail card. It will save you lots of money. Students get 1/3 off the normal ticket price. If you can try to book your ticket in advance, tickets are usually cheaper that way.

Underground / Metro

If you are studying in London, one of the popular transport ways is taking the tube. One journey ticket will usually cost £4.00. If your journey is short, try getting the bus or even better walking. Tub stations are very close to each other in London and you will save quite a lot of money walking.

Always be on the look out for cheap travel cards.


If you decide to drive your own car in the UK, then you need to be aware of a few things before hand. Issue an International driving license before coming. Be ware that you can only you are your non EU International driving license for 12 months only, after that you will be required to apply for a UK driving License.

When buying a car you will need to get an insurance, car tax and pay for MOT test for your car yearly. The cost depends on the area you live in, your age, car age and model and where you are going to park it.

Adding to that the cost of petrol and any repairs your car might need it can be very expensive.


National Express coaches can be cheaper than trains. Try to book in advance for cheaper tickets. Students can buy a Coach card, which offers discounts.


Taxis are very expensive to hire, but it is advisable to keep their number safely with you in case of emergencies or if you are out late and you miss the last bus.


Booking your flight way in advance gives a good chance in getting cheap flights. If you are from outside the EU and would like to travel in Europe, remember that you will need to apply for a Schengen visa before travelling. The schengen visa includes 15 countries in Europe.


Bike riding is the best way to travel round. Insure that your bike has light and you wear your helmet especially if you are out in the evening or night you need to make sure you are well seen and visible to car drivers. Keep your bike locked when you park it and insurance is not a bad idea as they are stolen easily.

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