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Tuesday, 1 May, 2001, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
Is Britain worth a visit?
Britain can seriously damage the wealth of overseas visitors, a tourist guide has revealed.
According to the Lonely Planet Guide, Britain is expensive and London "horrifically" so.
The guide said that if tourists stayed long enough in old British hotels they would soon realise that "Fawlty Towers was really a documentary".
Although food in Britain is getting better, the guide describes British cuisine as "uninspiring and expensive".
Have you been to Britain recently? Is the guide being fair? If you are British - would you rather be flying off to sunnier climates?
This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.
One visit to England is definitely enough for a lifetime. Nobody likes the prices there, but this is of secondary importance.
My main reason for not visiting again is the dreadful atmosphere very much resembling Eastern Europe 20 years ago.
As an ex-patriot from West Ealing, my answer to your question is , no, I will not visit England again despite frequent bouts of homesickness. The reason? I always feel as though I am being exploited. The prices for just about everything are twice what they are in Canada and the service in restaurants and fast food establishments is to say the very least, "below par". As for petrol and transportation, it puzzles me as to how the English can afford to travel in their own country, for the costs are astronomical. If Britain wants to attract tourists they are going to have to offer more affordable prices and cleaner and more inviting eating establishments. I am sure conditions have improved since the days when in London , I have entered restaurants where a grubby spoon was tied to the countertop with a piece of string!
I recently visited the UK for my third time this past March. I really enjoy the UK and the people. I spent most of my time in the North, visiting cities such as Manchester, Blackpool, Leeds and Sheffield. Only the final length of my stay did I stay in London. I stayed in an American-style hotel chain which was the closest thing to an American "motel". These are the negative things I've noted about my stay: 1.) American motels give you more amenities. 2.) Unnecessary complications - restaurants seem very rigid about serving times, where you sit (table assignments in an almost empty restaurant seem utterly ridiculous) Stop annoying paying customers with your rules. 3.) Payphones in the UK are a national disgrace. They are unreasonably expensive and not user-friendly by any stretch of the imagination. 4.) The British people are getting fleeced by taxes, especially on petrol. I had a rental car for my stay and I almost had a stroke refuelling it.
Now having said all that, the UK is a beautiful country
with wonderful people. I've met some of the most engaging,
intelligent and informed people not only about Americans
and our country. I know there is much anti-Americanism about,
but I suspect people are smart enough to separate what may
be fashionable from what is real. When I hear of the "special relationship"
between our two countries, I think its very real. Americans will always
want to visit the UK. Perhaps more of them will, however, if
some of the points I mention above are addressed.
Hotel and train prices are outrageous compared to most other countries. Britain has fantastic places to visit but how do you get there?
Pete Goff, UK
I travel to the UK every October. Each year I alternate taking one of my children or my wife. All of us love Britain. I don't understand why all of these people writing in seem to equate London with the UK as a whole. London is not typical Britain any more than New York is typical of the USA. While London is an expensive city, the villages and small cities of the UK are wonderful. Never have I been treated rudely, or ever felt threatened. I have met wonderful people and made to feel welcome all over the UK. The only thing I wish I could change would be listening to the British themselves degrade their own country. I think that is a very sad thing. My children have been greatly enriched by visits to British historical sites, and inspired by stories of English explorers. You have a beautiful country and a proud history. Quit complaining and enjoy it.
Yes, Britain is definitely worth a visit, if you are lousy with money and do not mind spending it on things you can buy elsewhere at half the price. The trouble is that I live here and being unemployed for seven years find it difficult to compete with the Japanese, American, and German tourists on the rare occasions I am invited for interview down to "the smoke".
Price theory is based on supply and demand. If the cost of touring Britain is too high due to tourist accommodation and transportation costs, one builds more accommodations, or converts more housing to bed and breakfast use at the choice of the property owner in the latter case of course, and one builds an efficient transportation network - rail, road, sea (coastal), bus - to lay the foundations for a proper tourist infrastructure, that is, the basic "hardware" or engineering needs to handle large numbers of tourists.
I now live in Japan - that speaks for itself. I am dreading the idea of returning home. I fail to see why any tourist would revel in the weather, prices and services in the UK.
They are awful
Britain is of course a lovely place to go to. I went there last April and I would say the best days of my life especially London is so lively. However, it is a bit expensive. The biggest problem was shops close at 5pm when the sun sets around 10pm. I can not believe it, that the streets get empty and quite so early where as in Canada malls close at 9pm and stay open even at the weekends.
Fortunately, London is not a true representation of the UK and three or four days is enough for any sane person. In my opinion, the only way to see the British Isles and meet the real Brits is by bicycle. The are so many back roads, green roads, highways and byways. Around every corner is a new adventure. It would take you 200 years to see it properly. You don't need to be fit, just start in a flat county like Norfolk or Lincolnshire and build on the mileage. Stay in YHA or CTC hostels. Where else could you drink in pubs with names like "The Headless Woman" or "Yea Hole in the Wall". Obviously, judging by the comments, most Brits don't know what they have in their own back yard, and you are going to have to experience it for them. Get your butt on a bike in Britain, NOW.
Hotels and public transport (especially rail) are excessively overpriced when compared to Europe.
Friends of mine in Switzerland used to fly over every Xmas in the late 70's early 80's to do their Xmas gift and clothes shopping and inclusive of flight they still saved money. Alas now they can shop in Switzerland, give a Xmas gift of an air ticket to London and save money.
I fail to see why any tourist would want to come to this dismal, run-down, third rate country!
Everything is ridiculously expensive, and any of the goods which are actually made here are of much lower quality than their foreign equivalents. Every holiday I take is an eye-opener to what an abject failure Britain is.
I travel a lot and all I can say is that sometimes I wish I didn't have to come back. We are ripped off and taxed at every turn. There is no such thing as value for money in the UK. It is a disgrace. If I lived overseas, this would be the last place I would visit.
I live in London, and yes it does have a lot of very rude, aggressive people. It is also very dirty, mainly because the same rude people don't give a monkey's about the state of the city. But, if it is possible to ignore the people then this place is so fascinating that you should never be bored wandering around. Having said that I'm emigrating to France as I'm so sick of the hoards of pond life that wander our streets.
In response to Volker's comment below. I lived in Germany and I agree that transport there is far superior and cheaper than it is here. The reason for this is because the government heavily subsidises transport.
To successfully subsidise transport, enough taxpayers' money has to be thrown at the problem. Despite Prescott's efforts, Blair seems to undermine the importance of an integrated transport network which is efficient, affordable and simple to use (it must be a nightmare for foreigners to wade through all the different types of train tickets we have here!).
Furthermore, Germany has the funds to invest in public transport quite simply because approx. 50% of your salary there goes to the tax man in one form or another.
As a German living in England I can offer friends a place to stay, but all my friends (+family) are absolutely shocked about the prices here in England. Food, transport, services are far more expensive here than everywhere I've ever been to. Example: annual travel card for public transport in Frankfurt 70% cheaper than what I pay here in London (oh, and all night service). I never holiday in England and try to do as much shopping as possible abroad or via the internet.
I recently moved back to England after living in the USA for 11 years. Britain is certainly more expensive than the US on most things, but the biggest problem here is surly and uncooperative service personnel. How these sour-pusses get those jobs in the first place is quite beyond me. However, what is their incentive when they are on such low wages and tipping is rare? If people tipped for good service, and tipped at 15-20%, then we might just get a few happy and cheerful service employees to make our lives so much more pleasant.
I lived and worked in London for 2 years and I absolutely loved it. But yes, it's dirty. Backpackers swap tales of their first nose-blow after riding on the Tube and the shock of seeing all the dirt come out!!! And yes, it is expensive. Unfortunately, you have to spend lots of pounds to live well in London. The exchange rate makes it even more expensive for tourists than for residents. Those stories about 25 or more Aussie, Kiwi and South African backpackers sharing a 4 bedroom house to save money are very true!!!
I do wish all these guides would forget London as being the only place in the UK to visit as a tourist - there are other places. On second thoughts... keep on thinking of London as the only place to visit - please!
Kellie Kiernan, USA
It's just after I come back from travel abroad that I can appreciate how lucky I am to be in this country. Yes, we still have problems like the trains(which really SHOULD be re-nationalised) but on the whole we should count our lucky stars. This country really is Great Britain.
I travel extensively around the world and I have learned one thing more than anything else. The more I travel, the more I realise just how expensive the UK is. We are over-charged by rip-off retailers and over-taxed by a rip-off government. The sooner we get rid of both the better.
Of course London is expensive. It's the largest city in Europe and possibly the richest city on the planet - what do you expect? If you can't afford it, go somewhere cheap and cheerful like Australia. Complaining about it is like going to a Rolex store and moaning because you want to buy a Casio.
You don't realise what you've got there - lovely villages and countryside, historical buildings that inspire the spirit, and a political leader with class. I can't wait to get back to the old country pubs, the banter and some decent employment opportunities!
Even as a Brit it has amazed me to find that the countryside and villages (Harrold for eg) were more beautiful than I remember but that the cities (London, Manchester, Altrincham) seemed so much noisier, shrunken, and over-crowded with scruffy people.
Britain is a great country to visit.
The guide is a little harsh in its
criticism--no country is perfect. It
is true that Britain is expensive to
visit. That's partly because of the
strong pound. The government can
promote tourism and make Britain
more attractive to tourists by
devaluing the pound.
All Europe is being affected by two diseases that the British have caused. I think that the image of England that we have is very bad, and we don't want to visit England for our vacations
Amanda Bradley, Seattle, USA
Britain has so much to offer, but after travelling in Australia and New Zealand for 6 months, you realise how few travellers there are in the UK, and it's got to have something to do with the cost! Most don't get north of London so no wonder they get a biased picture of the UK. Australia and NZ cater so well for young travellers with good, cheap accommodation, trips to places off the beaten track and basically the attitude of the people makes your trip! They're great places, like the UK is, but they encourage tourism, rather than making foreigners feel unwelcome!
As an American, I really laugh while reading the Brit bashing topics on this web site. Brits love to bash themselves more than they do the Americans. Yes, London is expensive, but anyone been to Tokyo or Hong Kong lately? I travel frequently around the world and find Britain a very nice place with better than average friendliness.
Nowhere is perfect. Millions of tourists come to Rome every year to trip over the pavements, be ripped off by miserable shopkeepers and run down by the worst drivers in the world. Rome is not perfect but I love it. London is not perfect, but I love it too. Major cities are never cheap and usually dirty. I can't believe anyone is actually surprised at this.
I am extremely keen on Britain, it is definitely worth a visit, even if it implies spending an awful lot of money. Besides, London is one of the most amazing cities in the world, and the English are not as impolite as it is usually said. And what is more, where else will you find such gorgeous landscapes? But as far as beer is concerned, I'm sorry Alan, but it is in Germany and Belgium and not in Britain that you can drink the best beer in the world...
I totally agree that Britain is expensive and has fallen behind in the standared of accommodation and service available to tourists in comparison with other European and Commonwealth countries. I myself am going to Australia this year where the standard of accommodation, service and cuisine is second to none.
"Lonely Planet" could be right. But it's also true that they are Australian and Australians never miss a chance to bash the Poms!!!
London is only expensive if you make it expensive. Tourists are drawn to places that don't really represent true life in London or Britain and no wonder they leave with false impressions. This is as much our fault though as British people do tend to be quite insulated and cold towards 'Johnny Foreigner'. Perhaps if tourists too made more of an attempt to understand what is British, instead of racing around attractions (most of which are foreign owned) they would spend less and see more.
Tim Dean, Switzerland
I wish people would stop moaning. Britain's expensive, it's not perfect and never will be, but it's good enough to be the fourth largest (yes, read it again, fourth largest) economy in the world. Stop moaning and then maybe everyone would cheer up a bit. All this doomy talk about how awful everything is can't be healthy. Stop it!
Following on what Will had to say, there is an added sting for visitors to the UK from countries such as South Africa. Our currency is extremely weak against the Pound so we are already at a disadvantage. Service or products, good or bad, are already pricey for us. There is often no such thing as value for money in the UK where we are concerned but that is hardly your fault. When we are paying nearly twelve times the price for something, we expect it to be more than mediocre.
There certainly are very expensive places in England (not just London) but it is also possible to find better-value places away from the obvious tourist traps. As for seedy, this again may be true in part but at least street-cleaning etc is of a much better quality in the areas of London that tourists frequent than in many of the non-tourist areas which us Londoners have to endure on a daily basis. One glaring omission from the guide was the general unfriendliness of Londoners, which many people who visit London often remark upon, and with ample justification in most cases.
Lonely Planet guides are boring books written by and for the sort of patronising dunderheads who can't wait to get to India or SE Asia 'to see genuine poverty', and think certain parts of the world are massively spiritual just because drugs are cheap and they don't have proper toilets. If the person who serves you your food earns a living wage, they don't want to know. Yes, Britain is expensive, particularly in terms of lodging, and is at times very dreary indeed, but plenty of other places are both of those, and a slagging-off in a book like this isn't worth bothering about.
Every time I go to London it surprises me, mainly in that no one has been to charm school. Service in the UK is my primary objection: there isn't any. People act as though they are doing you a favour if they eg bring food in a restaurant or sell you something. There are many good things about the UK and London in particular, but at the end of each trip I regret having spent my time and money dealing with the British. This year I'm spending my vacation time in Provence. My French is not as good as my English, but the French are much more welcoming.
Britain has no personality, no culture and a wretched history. However it still holds on to the misguided view that it is the greatest empire ever established. We need to re-educate our children on the truth about our heritage so that they can stop acting in a conceited and arrogant manner. Football hooliganism and British nationalism reflect a poor historical education in schools. Britons have a lousy reputation and we must be ready to admit that.
I have just spent a weekend in York. £30 each for the train fare (from London) a decent B&B for £34 (for two, not each), sandwiches for lunch, and a good dinner in a pub at two for £6, with desserts and drinks taking the total bill to £15 for two of us. If you want to spend money, you can, but it's perfectly possible to take a weekend break in Britain without spending a fortune.
France a few years ago at 7 francs to the pound looked very expensive, and most of my European continent friends were coming to London to take advantage of our cheap prices. Now the exchange rate has moved 50% plus against major European countries, we seem expensive. This does not make Europe cheap or the UK expensive, as domestic prices cannot be expected to change in line with large-scale international exchange rate movements. Our real concern should be poor service - although it's not nearly as bad as it used to be - and lack of imagination. Still, at least we have the best beer in the world by a long way.
I holiday in Britain and abroad and find the main difference is the quality of service & attitude you receive. Some areas of Britain (notably Cornwall) do match, and sometimes exceed, foreign standards, but it is rare. I was in Cornwall (yet again!) after Easter and it was very busy while other regions were deserted. On the way home we wanted to stop overnight in Minehead, Somerset, and called at the town's tourist info centre for details of B&Bs in town, but the staff were as unhelpful as they could be so we moved on. Also, many areas of Britain do not welcome children. More than once I have been asked to leave a pub with a "families welcome" sign outside, because children are not allowed in! Ironically my son's first time in a British pub was in Austria, where they made him very welcome.
I just visited New York and I did not find it exactly cheap. On the other hand it was dirty and the toilets/restrooms were in an extremely poor condition in NY. At least London is cleaner and hence worth the extra expense. The food (only fast food) was probably cheaper in NY but not the quality. Everything seemed to be enhanced with flavours (which is why it is cheaper to make and sell this food). And anyway what good is cheap food in the longer term? The more you get for your money, the more you will eat and you will eventually end up being obese, as most people in USA are because they get more for their money. Is the cheap food worth it when you are having medical problems?
Lonely Planet is right to bash Britain. Many tourists come here to see West End shows, only to discover that in this "international cultural centre" they cannot go for a drink in a pub after these shows. NY is comparatively expensive, but can at least claim to be a true 24-hour city.
Jennifer walker, UK
London - goes hand in hand with overpriced, dirty and impersonal. It manages very well to have the rudest population in the UK compared to other major cities. It is a place with many great things to see and it is our 'glorious' capital city, but that's not any justification.
Lonely Planet has always been a tad anti-British. Its core market is the late teens/early twenties, North American back-packer who regards Europe as one animal. Britain hasn't got the weather of Greece, the history of Italy or the culture of France, so it's always going to come off worst. Try looking at the Guides for Scandinavia - 'boring and mountainous' is the summary. In all it reminds me of the entry for Planet Earth in The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - 2 words, 'Mostly Harmless'!
My job causes me to be abroad a lot
and I have to agree with the article.
Everything is too expensive, the
service is poor and London has
to be the most over-rated location
in the UK. It smells, and the litter
is shocking. I'd consider the best
locations in Europe to be Milan, Paris,
Brussels and Glasgow. When it comes to food, it's Brussels.
Milan just has to be quality clothes.
In Paris, it's the girls and in Glasgow, the
architecture. Folk may complain this is UK bashing
but this country is not good enough
and the sooner we all realise it the
more likely we are to do something
Richard Haigh, England
The reason why things are so expensive is mainly due to the high rates and rents - along with high transport costs - that shops and businesses have to pay. If these were brought down to more realistic levels, then perhaps we would see better value for our products and services. Other countries have higher direct taxation but lower indirect taxation, whereas here it's the other way around.
YES YES and YES! Scotland was terrific though. Maybe my parochialism is showing after spending a year in Spain then a week in London during the winter last year. And with the way our Aussie peso is heading, I'd rather torture my cash in a continental European holiday where there are more sites to see and be inspired. London is a bit like Sydney only with the weathers reversed.
Yes, I remember it well: drab, samey streets in every town; all closed down at 6pm. By all accounts, you can add to that hellishly expensive petrol prices, and the likelihood of encountering a "what you looking at?" thug on any street corner or in any pub. Visitors must find modern Britain a revelation!
When I moved to Switzerland from the UK last year, I spent a fair amount of time comparing prices. Switzerland, which is not considered one of the cheapest places, is less expensive than the UK for a lot of things with a quality both of products and services that the UK could do with striving to attain. And when I hear the people I work with saying they won't go to the UK for a holiday because it's too expensive, it does make me wonder what's going on.
Phil, New Zealand
What does the guide say about Paris? Describing London as horrifically expensive means that the prices one is expected to pay on the Champs Elysees defy description. The same applies to low grade Paris hotels - at least most British ones are clean. Stop knocking the UK - we enjoy a very high quality of life. Concentrate on the good things and don't let's become a nation of moaners.
Just about anywhere you go the "touristy" places charge exorbitant prices for generally poor quality goods and services. The difference here is that we as a nation put up with it all the time, rather than confining it to the tourist rip-offs. Comparing the UK to the US and Canada, from a tourist perspective just about everything is cheaper over there. Last holiday I stayed in the Presidential Suite at the Marriott hotel overlooking the Niagara Falls for less money than it would cost to stay in London overlooking the North Circular! If you like what our American friends would probably call the "quaint villages" the UK is well worth a visit; likewise if you like walking (at least when foot-and-mouth is gone) some of our more impressive architecture and coastlines merit a visit. If all you want to do is lie on the beach, then go to Spain. If all you want to do is go clubbing, then go anywhere except here!
Far too often visitors to Scotland encounter the "Country That Likes to say No!" We offer poor service - often unfriendly - and low value.
On many occasions I have felt that the customer is an inconvenience, and to encounter pubs/bars etc that still close in the afternoon, is not what visitors are looking for after an activity or visit somewhere.
The main problem about trying to have a holiday in the UK is the public transport system. It is expensive, dreadful and difficult to use. Why can't we have a system like they do in most of Europe with bus stations next to railway stations and an integrated transport system? Why the assumption that people want to or can drive? Getting to major English towns like Oxford or Warwick from Glasgow is not fun. There may well be nice places to visit in the UK, but it is cheaper and easier to travel abroad.
When I came to the UK from Australia 10 years ago, I spent the first 3 years in London. It is without doubt that London is one of the most expensive places in Europe, if not the world, to live. I would NEVER recommend London to anyone considering a visit on a budget!
Once again people leap at the chance to come here and moan about Britain. The major problem with Britain is not the expense of visiting (if you think the UK is expensive - visit Scandinavia!), nor the hotels which are not really any worse than others I have stayed in abroad. Nope, what makes Britain stand out as a miserable place is the vast number of Brits who seem to take a perverse delight in belittling our country. Wake up, people - we live in a country that has some beautiful countryside and impressive tourist sites. Why not do our tourist industry a favour and stop whining!
Alastair Stevens, UK
I have relatives in Britain and have visited often, staying in many places in England, Scotland and Wales. The pound is currently so strong that the exchange rate to Australian dollars is terrible. There used to be 50 English pence to the Australian dollar, there are now about 35. Britain is expensive for tourists anyway compared to prices in many places in the world. I've always found the food quite good, including the breakfasts, though perhaps a bit stodgy. However, I've noticed improvements every time I've come. London is definitely very expensive, but then again, so is Paris and many of the other main tourist cities of Europe and I feel London is fairly comparable with them.
Lonely Planet raises a number of issues which I believe both the tourist/ leisure industry and indeed the populace at large need to consider here in the UK. The quality of customer service, real value for money and a passion for food and culture to a great degree are lacking in this country and I think we suffer greatly - and mainly silently - for it. We seem to have perfected the art of dumbing everything down to the lowest common denominator and then accepting this as the norm. WAKE UP BRITAIN!
I agree that eating out in Britain is overpriced. The reason for this I would suggest is lack of competition. On the continent most bars and restaurants appear to be independent whilst in the UK big chains dominate all but the top end, leading to bland tasteless food and high prices.
Yes, Britain is expensive compared to some countries, and I can see why people from the USA complain at our prices. However if we keep paying £50 for Levis and 60p for a can of coke they will never go down. Surely it is up to the individual to say NO to high prices and to shop around.
I visited Britain for the first time in early March. With a college group we stayed in London but visited Stratford and Oxford and we had a wonderful time. London was more exciting than NYC and we found it less expensive overall than the Big Apple. Perhaps foreign visitors are put off by the high value of the pound, and are discouraged when they get so little in return at the exchange rate.
Funnily enough, we are discussing this very point on the Lonely Planet website bulletin board.
Sure, if I was British, I would want to go abroad, much the same as everyone else. That's what travelling is all about - discovering new cultures and lifestyles.
As for the comments, I think that they're very unfair. It's hardly what the tourist industry needs right now.
Richard Lewis, New York, USA
The main problem in Britain is a lack of cheap accommodation for tourists. B&Bs still have this tag of you must be in bed by 11pm etc. Otherwise, the tourists have to fork out lots of money in order to stay somewhere decent. Also more provision of foreign language brochures, guidebooks etc, as foreign visitors go to more places than just London.
I must say it's sad but true. I spend three days a week in mainland Europe. The quality and prices are definitely better than in the UK. One more for "Rip off Britain".
On the Continent it's not just British tourists who eat out on a regular basis, the locals do too but in this country few can afford to do this.
Britain has some wonderful places to visit on holiday by both people abroad and from other parts of the country but they are losing out because of our high prices.
Kenny, United Arab Emirates
I have recently returned to London from Vienna and one thing that pleases me about the UK is the number of free museums and art galleries. We should be proud of this! I also find that there is no such thing as "British cuisine", and the diversity of food in London must put any other city in the world to shame, even if it comes at a high price.
What strikes you the most is the inconsistent levels of service - usually poor and of course the lack of quality and inventiveness of the cuisine. It's bombastic to expect to pay twice as much as usual for this sort of treatment.
London is certainly pricey, and some parts are seedy.
What I find shocking is that if you want an affordable and fun long weekend, it is cheaper, usually more interesting and fun and of a better tourist standard, to go abroad to the Continent. And that's including the price of the flight!
Expensive? In places perhaps, but we have more free museums and galleries than anywhere I know. There are numerous places you can eat well for under £7 a head and I don't mean fast food or the like. If you are willing to sleep in a hostel and don't insist on top of the range restaurants it is really not a problem.
Every year we go away for our anniversary and this year as money is a bit tight we looked at going to Devon for a week. We worked out that petrol would cost over £100, (88p per litre now) accommodation in a cheap B&B would be £23 per person per night and then there is food which is about £30 a day. Adding these up, it worked out cheaper to go to Greece for a week. The thought of spending a small fortune to sit in a coffee shop while watching the rain makes me almost think why on earth do people bother coming here?
I always tell friends planning a visit to the UK to spend two days/ one night in London, to do the tourist thing, and then get out and go see the country; stay at inns, small town hotels or even B&Bs. Like anywhere in the world, if you stay in the tourist traps, you'll end up a trapped (and impoverished) tourist!
Sam Karunaratne, England
I'm getting rather tired of all the Brit bashing going on in the media.
People are suffering and dying all over the world. Many of them are desperate to come to the UK. Don't we have anything more important to discuss?
I am a frequent traveller and can say
that Britain is the most overpriced and
overrated country I know of. The British
really should get off of their little island
every now and then and see what's
going on around them. Then they may
realise just what a bad deal they are
Britain is far too expensive for its own residents so how can we expect visitors to stomach costs often double what they are used to paying in their own countries for poorer services and products?
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