England is a big little island. Geographically it is not especially large nor is it especially remarkable. Yet, it is a country that has played a significant role in world history and it is a country that continues to this day to have an influence that belies its size.
Why visit England? The better question is: have you visited England lately?
What to do
You know about England's rich history and culture, and you probably know more about London than most Londoners do. What you might not know is that in the past decade or so England has undergone a fascinating transformation. Gone is a once proud country that was in some ways living in the past. In is a country that is thoroughly modernizing with quaint country villages and booming urban centers. For better or for worse, stuffy has given way to trendy and what a visitor to England experiences today is an exciting sense of change.
Even with the shiny new buildings and toys, you can still get a glimpse at the traditional English way of life, but you'll have to work hard to find it. The tourist areas offer a sanitized version, but the country villages and hole in the all pubs will give you a better feel for how things used to be.
England is a reflection of a changing world, and you'll have to travel through that world to get to England. Search for the best deals on flights to England with the international airfare finder and find the cheapest flight at the most convenient time.
Where to stay
London is a priority stop on most backpacking trips through Europe and as a result, the hostel scene is very well defined. You can find travelers going on pub crawls and people from all walks of life spending time in hostels all over London and in most of the towns throughout the country. Other travelers prefer seeing England's sights by day and spending their nights in the comfort of a hotel.
For the latest and greatest news on all things London, you have no excuse for not checking out the London Travel Guide, which is updated frequently by a native Londoner.
Have a jolly old time in England and whatever you do remember to mind the gap.