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Christmas lights and decorations on the streets of London

Try a Christmas Market in London for the Ultimate Holiday Experience

If you grew up watching A Christmas Carol, you likely remember the final scenes, where a transformed and joyful Ebenezer Scrooge skips through the holiday-bedecked streets of London, giddily spreading Christmas cheer to everyone.

That feeling — of joy and merriment, of generosity and creativity and goodwill that warms winter’s chill, of festive fun for all ages — that is the feeling you get when you visit a Christmas market in London. There’s nothing like it, and it’s one of my favorite experiences to recommend to England-bound travelers from mid-November to New Year’s.

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Path leading to Windsor Castle in Windsor, England.

Go Beyond the City: Take One (Or More!) of These Day Trips from London

As you know, the city of London is chock-full of amazing sights (and historic pubs!). But with more time to spend, taking day trips from London and away from the crowds can be a rewarding way to round out a visit to Britain.

Trust me — you’ll love the opportunity to see the lush countryside and take in the rich history, beautiful villages, and regal castles that England has to offer.

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The Roman Colosseum at sunset in Rome, Italy.

First Trip to Europe: Top Cities to Visit

A common question that many travelers ask themselves (and me) is, “Which city should I visit on my first trip to Europe?” While I believe plenty of cities in Europe would make for a great first trip, I do have a short list of suggestions that I typically make based on ease of communication with locals, Bucket List-worthy sights to see, transportation options, and culinary experiences.

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