On Your Next London Luxury List: Do Something Royal
Search travel to Europe these days and a deluge of negative headlines will make you rethink your summer vacation. From consistent airline cancelations, overcrowded airports and an almost guarantee your luggage won’t arrive with you, getting on a flight overseas requires a hope, prayer and loads of patience. Savvy traveler Helecia Williams isn’t letting the airline industry woes keep her from living her best life abroad. The Houston-based content creator, who vlogs as iknowlee on social media, just ticked off London from her travel bucket list for the year. (Yes, she has a yearly travel wish list and by the end of 2022 she plans on visiting Costa Rica and Morocco.)
For Williams’ first trip to the U.K., she decided to skip the long lines of London’s more famous Old World charm monuments for a more locals-inspired itinerary. Her trip mantra is rooted in how she likes to travel anywhere. “What I enjoy when I travel is being in the midst of the people. I’m not a resort kind of girl. I want to stay wherever the locals stay. I want to do whatever the locals do. I want to eat whatever the locals eat,” she said days before heading across the pond.
Four days was all Williams had to explore a city that’s given the world palaces, high tea and Daniel Kaluuya. However, Williams’ shortlist of things to do focused more on London’s homegrown experiences than crossing off visits to notable landmarks. See how she toured London her way.
“Do something royal.”
When asked what she would tell people who are visiting London \or the first time, Williams didn’t hesitate with this suggestion: “I would say visit a castle. Do something royal.”