National Geographic : 1961 Feb
Thousands of cottages in Britain still wear wigs. (This one is at Arkesden in Essex.) How to tour Britain for $100 a week-without skimping Prices in Britain are amazingly low. Study them before your next vacation. If impressed, see your travel agent. And send for free British travel aids (see below). ANY AMERICANS are sur prised that you can have the time of your life in Britain for $100 a week. It's anything but a skimpy, Spartan sort of vacation. Most prices in Britain just happen to be lower than in the U.S. For instance: $3.75 a night is the price of bed and breakfast in Britain's charm ing inns. You can stay in a com fortable London hotel for about $6.00- breakfast included. 35 cents buys a Scotch and soda: It cents, a foaming half-pint of ale. $2.40 is ample for an orchestra seat in London's theatres; $3.50 at Covent Garden. The best seat at the Shakespeare Season of Plays at Stratford (Spring through Fall) costs you about $2.80. 14 cents (one shilling) admits you to the Tower of London (see the Crown Jewels for another 14 cents). 4 cents is ail you pay to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Over four hundred British castles and mansions are open. Average price: 35 cents. Free! You don't pay a ha'penny for the Lord Mayor's Show (No vember): Changing of the Guard (almost every day); Trooping the Colour (June). 2.9 cents a mile is the price of train Typical expenses on a two week vacation in Britain 3 nights in London (including breakfast). $18.00 11 nights in country inns (including breakfast). 41.25 14 lunches with half-pint of ale ..... 16.00 14 dinners with highball 33.00 500 miles by train..... 14.50 Car hire, one week (800 miles) ........ 50.00 Sightseeing ......... 4.00 3 nights at the theatre . 7.20 Incidentals .......... 15.75 TOTAL $199.70 Transatlantic fares will also surprise you. From October 1 through March 31, you can travel from New York to London and back for as little as $320 by air, $338 by sea. travel in Britain. You can go from London to Edinburgh and back for $0.02. $36.40 rents a drive-it-yourself car for a week, September through June. (You pay about 25 per cent more in July and August.) Insur ance included. No charge per mile. Gas for about 800 miles: $13.60. Total $50. Come in Spring or Fall.You save money-and roads are uncrowded. $5.60 is the fare for a leisurely three-day boat trip from Kingston to Oxford. You can rent a canoe for less than $10 a week; a six berth boat for about $65. $17 for cashmere sweaters; $12 for good woolen skirts: $15 for leather handbags. Men's hats for $7; Scot tish tweed jackets for $25. $5oo duty-free. You can bring home $500 worth of British goods per person without paying U. S . customs. Free travel aids. Before you plan your trip to Britain, see your trav el agent. And send for free British travel aids-maps, a calendar of coming events, and a lot of other information that's great fun to pore over. Write British Travel Association, Box 180. In New York - 680 Fifth Avenue; in Los Angeles -606 So. Hill St.: in Chicago-39 South La Salle St.; in Canada-90 Adelaide St. West, Toronto.