Worried About Dollar to Pound Conversion (London)
Replies: 46 - Last Post: Feb 25, 2013 5:05 AM Last Post By: mickyfinn
Dec 10, 2012 2:28 PM
15You will have enough money to have a great time, but you need to revise your expectations. Use those kitchens: eating out is a good deal more expensive (and seen as more of a luxury) in Europe than in the USA. And rather than shopping, plan to spend time in the museums (mainly free in London). And remember that tipping is far less usual here than in the USA, so that is another saving.
Dec 10, 2012 4:18 PM
16100 free things to do in London that don't change http://golondon.about.com/od/londonforfree/tp/Free-Things-To-Do-In-London.htm
And free things that do: http://www.timeout.com/london/feature/1424/free-london - just check the TimeOut website when you are here for current activities and events.
Dec 10, 2012 4:44 PM
I had a friend who stayed in Paris for a semester last spring and she made it seem that in comparison to London, Paris worked better money-wise for her. She avoided London on purpose because she called it "the most expensive" city she could have traveled too. I took her word for it since our budgets are the same.
Dec 11, 2012 12:41 AM
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Dec 11, 2012 1:15 AM
Dec 11, 2012 1:41 AM
21No- you buy a couple of half-bagettes each day.
Then four slices of meat, two slices of cheese, a lebbo cucumber and one tomato from the supermarket.
Because you go to McD for a breakfast muffin every couple of days, you will have several sachets of salt and pepper to sprinkle over the salad roll.
If you get bored with this, you can vary the diet and buy one banana and stick it in the bagette for a pleasant change!
I am one of the last of the tight-wad backpackers!
Dec 11, 2012 1:46 AM
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Dec 11, 2012 2:44 AM
25I think the expensiveness of London gets overrated a lot of the time. I was just in Boston and everything cost the same, if not more. $8 for a pint (plus tip!) $25 to get into the art museum (you can see better art for free in London), and forget about getting even a dingy hotel room downtown for less than $200 a night. Maybe compared to the rest of the UK London is pricy, but on a world stage it's not really that bad.
Dec 11, 2012 2:49 AM
26$8 for a pint? Well if petrol is cheap out there, the price of beer throws any saving out the window, unless of course you don't drink beer! And of course there are many many hotels a long way from London that are far more expensive than those in London!
Dec 11, 2012 3:51 AM
Dec 11, 2012 5:16 AM
28Reading your posts, it seems as though you are really asking about how much cash to bring with you and you actually have more available if necessary. Don't you have an ATM Card? Just make sure it is approved for overseas use and you can withdraw local currency (like pounds) from any major bank ATM if needed. Just don't do little amounts like some folks do, cause the $5 fee or whatever they charge will seem huge. If you do $100 or $200 worth when you need it, that fee becomes relatively small. By the way, ATMs provide the best exchange rates anyway.
Dec 11, 2012 7:15 AM
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