When you're planning a trip to England, you want to make sure you have a way to get there, so naturally you buy an airline ticket. And you want to make sure you have a place to stay, so of course you make reservations for a hotel room or flat or something. And you don't want to waste your time wandering around wondering what to do, so you make sure you have a sort of itinerary. Ticket, reservation, itinerary. They're all fine and good, but they are mere formalities. When you're planning a trip to England, what you really want to do is make sure you properly prepare your mind and your soul for the visit. Here are some suggestions:
1. Familiarize yourself with English history by reading English history:
2. Supplement your reading with some historical and biographical films. A few important selections covering the scope of English history are:
3. Choose the perfect book to take with you so you can have something to read on trains, on the Tube, or in the garden whilst you drink your cocoa.
4. Start using Anglicisms like 'whilst' in your speech and writing.
5. If you are going to Stratford, read up on Shakespeare.
6. If you are going to Bath, watch every Jane Austen movie or tv adaptation ever made after 1979.
7. If you are going to John Keats' house, read some of his poems (or have them recited to you).
8. If you are going to Charles Dickens' house, change your mind.
9. Every day leading up to your trip, drink hot cocoa from a Mary Poppins mug, which is so cool that it has not only Mary Poppins on it, but also Big Ben, St Paul's, and some kites.
10. And to all this you must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of your mind by extensive reading. (More about that later.)