The world is bigger than we could ever possibly imagine, and it’s scary to think we will never even scratch the surface in this lifetime. Even if we do travel to the same places, we see the world through different eyes, creating a unique experience. As I dive head first into travel, I am inspired by each of your adventures and am starting Sonderlust Secrets as a series showcasing this. Interested in being featured?I love traveling and to read all about other people’s adventures, which always inspire me for my next one! The one place that was on my bucket list for years was London, and I finally make the trip across the pond in December! Here are my top five picks for things to do in London, or as I like to call it, Fundon:
1 // Visit the Churchill War Rooms: This place is filled with so much history! Acting as a secret headquarters during the War, this used to be hidden from plain sight, but has been kept as close to original as possible, to share it with the world. There’s also a huge museum dedicated to Winston Churchill’s life in here, and it’s fascinating!2 // Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace: Rain or shine (you can tell which one I got), this British tradition is definitely something to see. Plus, it’s where the Queen lives! Keep in mind that spots all around the residence fill up very quickly, so if you want a clear view, get there early! Also, be sure to check the schedule ahead of time to confirm the date and time! 3 // Afternoon Tea at The Ritz: This “activity” was a bit of a splurge for us. But when in London! 2 plates of sandwiches, a plate of scones/biscuits, a plate of desserts, tea and champagne are placed in front of you – it’s more of a feast than tea! And despite having a fancy dress code, we actually were let in fairly casually dressed!
4 // Cross Abbey Road + Sign the Beatles Wall: This one is for all of my fellow music lovers. Seeing/crossing that iconic spot on Abbey Road is pretty cool! And while you can’t go inside Abbey Road Studios, it’s awesome to see so many people come together from all over the world to see this place and leave their mark. 5 // Visit the Tower of London: There is so much history inside these walls! If you have time to hop on the guided tour (approx. 45 minutes) when you first walk in, it definitely helps you get some additional education on the Tower. You might remember a few tidbits from history classes but seeing everything in person (plus the Crown Jewels) was so surreal. Especially walking through a castle in the middle of a big city!
Rachel started Small Towns & City Lights after just finishing college in New York, and in midst of the tedious process of job hunting/interviewing. To give herself a break and de-stress, she found blogging to be the perfect outlet. The name, Small Towns & City Lights, was born as a combo of the town I grew up in (Tampa) to the area I was living in at the time (NYC).