I love walking tours and Harry Potter so thought I’d try out the See your City Harry Potter walking tour in London. We started the walking tour outside the Palace theatre where they are currently showing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I’d love to see this but its super expensive and is selling out really fast!
Our tour guide came round with a hat and asked everyone to pick out a card to allocate which house they would be in. We then were asked Harry Potter questions throughout the day to see which house would win. I was in the Slytherin house but we didn’t get many points.We then set off exploring the filming locations in London.Magic Money – Harry Potter notes.
The tour ended at Kings Cross Station where you can get your photo taken outside platform 9 3/4 but there was a massive queue and I didn’t want to wait an hour. I’ll try go back early one morning when the queues less busy.
I really enjoyed the walking tour, our guide was very knowledgeable and funny!
Departs at : Tues & Fri @ 2pm, Sat – Sun @ 10:30am & 2pm
This tour lasts 2 hours.
There was a stop on the tube so make sure you bring your Oyster card or contactless card.
See your city have a bunch of other walking tours which all look pretty good such as a ghost walking tour and a coffee tour.
Venice isn’t always top of the list for backpackers or people on a budget as it is pretty expensive. This post will give you some tips on how to save money and what there is to see in Venice.
The best way to save money is to stay in Mestre the mainland town connected by bus or train. Trains run regularly every 10-15 minutes and it takes about 10 minutes to get there on the train. A single ticket costs €1.25.
This is the hotel/hostel I stayed in prices start from £20 a night.
Cheaper than staying in the centre of Venice
Great for solo travellers met lots of new people
Free car parking
10 minute walk to station
Close to supermarket
Not very modern
No lockers in room
Not many showers/toilet so had to wait a while in the morning
Didn’t feel very safe walking back from train station at night
Another option would be the Generator Hostel, this one is slightly more expensive starting around £30. This hostel looks beautiful inside and I would recommend booking in advance as it sells out fast.
Pack a picnic
There are lots of supermarkets and bakeries to buy fresh produce making it much cheaper than eating at a restaurant.
Chiesa di San Pantalon Church
I was taken here on the walking tour, I hadn’t heard about this church before and was so impressed. It has the most breathtaking painting on the ceiling which took the artist 20 years to create. Unfortunately you aren’t allowed to take photos inside but you can see a few here on Tripadvisor.
Boat or Gondola ride
A quintessential tourist attraction in Venice is the gondola ride. This was my second visit to Venice I went a few years ago with my mum and we went on a gondola ride. I’m so glad I did this as it had been on my bucket list for ages. It is very expensive so I would recommend saving up for this. If your budget doesn’t allow for this then the lady on the walking tour recommended getting a water bus as its so much cheaper than having a gondola ride.
Free Walking Tour
It’s so easy to get lost in Venice with the maze of canals and small streets so doing a walking tour will help you get your bearings. It is also a great way to lean about Venice’s past and culture. If you are a fan of Indiana Jones there are a few spots in Venice where it was filmed which the tour guide pointed out. I did the free walk in Venice tour and my tour guide was called Lucia, she was really friendly and knowledgeable.
See the Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs was built to connect the old prison to the interrogation rooms the view from its stone barred windows was the last that prisoners saw as they were led to their cells.
I have recently purchased a fitness tracker called Up move by Jawbone. I am trying to do more exercise and I wanted to see how many steps I did daily. I was torn between getting this one and the Fitbit. I decided to get this one as I didn’t want to wear a bracelet I wanted a more discreet fitness tracker. This one clips on to clothing and I got it in black so isn’t very noticeable if I’m wearing black.
This tracker really motivates me to do more steps. You don’t need to charge the fitness tracker it comes with a watch battery which should last a few years. You then download the up app which will track your steps and sleep. On the tracker if you press it once it will come up with an orange symbol showing it is tracking your steps and if you press again a blue moon will appear showing it is tracking your sleep. It tells you how much deep sleep and how much light sleep you are getting. It also tells you how long it took for you to fall asleep. You can set goals for how long you want to sleep and how many steps you want to do daily. Mine is currently at the recommended levels of 8 hours for sleep and 10,000 steps.
It allows you to track different exercise such as swimming, running or yoga, you can then see how long you did this for and how many steps you did. There is also the option to add food so you can see how many calories you are burning versus how much you are eating. Some of my friends have this tracker so I have added them to my friends list and there is a leader board where you can see how many steps they are doing a week. I recently did a duel with a friend to see who did the most steps in 3 days, this really motivated me to do more steps as I’m quite competitive and wanted to win.
Lightweight and small, you can clip it to jeans, skirts, tops etc
Tracks sleep this helps motivate me to go to bed earlier
Tracks calories and can add foods eaten
Tracks activity such a running or swimming
Add friends to help motivate you
Takes ages to sync, some days it fine but other days I either have to restart my phone or wait half an hour for it to refresh how many steps I have done
Overall I would recommend this tracker, if you want to purchase click the links below. On the Jawbone website it is £39.99 but on Amazon it is £23.99for the black tracker and £27.99 for other colours. If you add the app below you can get free money to spend in high street stores!
The Bounts app which can also be use with Fitbit or Apple’s health app. Lets you earn vouchers to spend in Amazon, Boots or Debenhams and many other places just for tracking your steps. You’ll get 100 extra points when you log your first activity when you sign up with referral code munday39680. Bounts members earn five points for each day you track 7,000 steps with a tracker, plus an extra five points each time for connecting your Facebook account (I set it up to share with ‘only me’ so it doesn’t annoy everyone).If you do 7,000 steps every day and with the 100 initial points you should get a £3 voucher within 90 days or £5 in about 4 months. I have only just joined so haven’t got vouchers yet and it will take a while to earn enough points. But this is pretty decent as I am aiming to walk over 7,000 steps a day so getting paid for it is a bonus. Click here to sign up and enter my referral code munday39680.