Navigating the Tube
When using the Underground transport system in London, affectionately known as the Tube, you can always tell the tourists. They're the ones up against the wall waiting for that roaring beast to come rushing out of the darkness to get them. The locals barely stand behind the yellow line a few inches from the edge of the track. I guess you eventually get over the thrill of it all.
What a great system though, the Tube is definitely the way to travel when in London!
With fifteen separate lines crisscrossing in a maze across the city, you might be confused at first glance, but the system is easily deciphered with pocket sized maps, an iPhone GPS or the many maps posted in the stations. The colorful diagrams also adorn each train car so you'll soon realize your mistake if you forgot to check for the correct platform before boarding. Don't worry, mistakes are easily remedied. Just jump off at the next station and head back in the correct direction.
For travelling convenience and savings, purchase an Oyster card at the station or by mail before you arrive. Swiping your Oyster card upon entering and exiting stations automatically deducts the correct amount for your trip and is much quicker and cheaper than purchasing a single trip tickets.
Safety Tips: When travelling by Tube, scout out a seat upon entering the car or brace yourself and hold on tightly to remain standing. Listen for that pleasant voice announcing upcoming stations. Collect all your belongings and be ready to make good your escape at the proper stop, for trains spend a minimal amount of time in each station. Most importantly, always remember to "Mind the Gap" when exiting the train.