TOUR TIPS / SURVIVAL GUIDE

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1 - TRAVELING TO THE UK
IF FROM EUROPE  - please make sure you have uk plug adapters with you ( its 3 pin plugs in the uk ) venues wont have them
NON EUROPE - please make sure you have relevent paperwork to get into the uk you need visas to work for money over here you will get details of whats needed from your embassy
( passports are ok for holidays )
plugs in the uk are 3 pin please make sure you have adaptors with you as venues wont have them
always carry passports on the road in case your asked for them
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2 - FUEL
get all fuel off the motorways as its about 10p a litre more expensive at motorway services
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3 - SHOWERS ETC
most motorway services have a shower block next to or in the toilet area this is free to use,mainly open but sometimes you have to ask for a key at the shop to use them
also most areas of the country have a sports centre where you can pay for a swim or they will let you use the shower area for £1
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4 - PARKING
most venues will have a parking area free of charge if not they will have an unload area then ask them where to move to so you dont get a parking ticket
motorway services allow 2 hours free parking then you will get a fine if your still there
london is especially hot on parking so please make sure you park in the correct place
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5 - LONDON CONGESTION CHARGE
there is no charge in london on a sunday or bank holiday and other days of the week stay out of the marked areas,you will get to any venue i book you in without going in this area
expensive to pay for and fines evan worse
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6 - FOOD
try not to buy food on motorway services as very expensive,find a local pub ( weatherspoons etc ) or cafe etc ask at the venues if unsure as they will know somewhere good and cheap,also a recomended food outlet page on this web site,also plenty of supermarkets around aldi and lidl are the best/cheapest
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7 - DRINK
alcohol      - its expensive in venues in the uk,cheaper to buy from supermarkets but dont take cans etc into any venues as they wont be happy, its for vans/hotels only
water        - is good to drink in the uk,buy a big bottle from a supermarket then fill it up from any drinking water tap as you need some,its just as good from the taps in the uk
tea/coffee - buy a cheap flask and tea and coffee,any venue or services will give you hot water for your flask and a lot cheaper than paying £2.50+ to buy a cup
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8 - SLEEPING
you can pull into any layby and sleep in your van or in motorway services you can park up all night and pay a charge to stay on arrival, usually at the shop ( theses prices vary from services to services so check the board in the car park ) usually about £10 a night - if you dont pay on arrival you will get fined.
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