Twice every year, a few members from Isango! travel to a work conference, known as the World Travel Meet (WTM) to discuss how things are going with their companies and get in contact with their suppliers face to face. This past month, Isango worker Aanchal Dhar headed over from India to London for her first WTM and experience in England.
Q: How long have you been working with Isango!? How long have you been in the work force?
A; I’ve been working with Isango! from the past 2.5 years. This is my first job, so I was flattered when the company decided to send me over to London to represent them for the WTM. It really broadened my cultural experience both in the work force and in travel in general.
Q: Since this was your first time in London, what else did you do once the work portion of your trip was over?
A: After a long few days of hard work, it was time to have fun! Since I had never been to London before, I wanted to make sure I had a good balance of all of the top tourist attractions and off the beaten path activities. It was also nice to be there during the holidays, as Christmas lights were already up! Top attractions that I really enjoyed were Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath, doing the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral with VIP access (I’m also glad I was able to make it there before the poppies were taken down) and experienced traditional high tea at Hotel Savoy. Harrods was another incredible (and expensive) experience. Also, the markets in London were so incredible. This is something I know you can’t experience anywhere else. Camden market and Borough Market are two of the best markets in London. Once I arrived, I was surrounded by endless clothes, affordable prices and great food!
Q: What was your favorite experience?
A: I really enjoyed visiting the Tower of London: Yeomen warders marching to open the gates with the Queen’s keys was so great to see. You’re able to learn so much from this visit. One of the things that stuck out to me was that the Yeomen warders had to be in the army for at least 22 years before they actually got the title of Yeomen warders. When you’re at the tower, you’ll see a lot of ravens. According to a myth, if they leave the tower, the tower will collapse! In order to keep them inside, their feathers are trimmed. You can spend countless hours in the tower educating yourself on all different aspects of London’s history. I would recommend taking the visit to all!
Q: What tips do you have for anyone traveling to London?
A: Definitely bring an umbrella! It rains all the time in London. City Mapper App is an absolute must for getting around. I would have been lost without it! Purchase an Oyster card for tube rides and buses but despite all the public transportation, you will still have to do a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes when you go out for sightseeing. You’ll get plenty of exercise this trip!