SUPER SHOESTRING - East/West Europe on Less than €1000/mth
Replies: 28 - Last Post: Jun 2, 2013 5:45 AM Last Post By: Intrepid_Travel...
May 15, 2013 7:00 PM
15Hitch hiking is great, but the problem is it can take a lot of travel hours and sometimes you get stranded
It might be your only option on that budget though. Have you looked into the prices for the trains, flights and ferries that you intend to take?
I think gettting stranded might be part of the adventure!
May 28, 2013 5:56 AM
Before I post my question, I want to confirm that yes I have read through the whole thread and haven't quite found the answers to my questions, so here goes...
I'm planning a trip to the UK in the next few months (as soon as I have enough money saved). The trip is primarily to see relatives and family friends, particularly a 94 year old relative of my father's, which is why I want to get there as soon as possible. I'm planning on going to Hammersmith, Blackpool, Manchester, Dublin, possibly Wales and i'd like to go to Paris also. I have people I can stay with in Hammersmith and Dublin. I'm going on a tourist visa for the maximum time allowed (6 months). My father was English, but because my parents were unmarried and I was born in 1980, this means I don't quality for a UK passport, is this correct?
I'm planning on travelling as cheaply as possible, staying with friends/relatives, couchsurfing, housesitting, working for accommodation wherever possible. Is it a stupid idea to try to get work under the table?
I'd like to of course do a bit of sightseeing, but as cheaply as possible. I like museums, nature, hiking and festivals.
What is the minimum i'd need to save for this kind of trip?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
May 28, 2013 6:43 AM
I don't know enough to give advice on the Visa or work situation.
If youre after 6 months travel, I don't think you would find work (even under the table) for just a few weeks here and there. But your budget....Once you have flights to the UK....
Going Super Low Budget (couchsurfing/staying with friends everywhere, hitchhiking, supermarket food/dumpster diving, free museums and tours eyc) you could do it for 100£ or less per month.
Adding more comfort and experiences (no bin food, no hitchhiking) I would say around 400-500£ per month.
And Further comforts still, but still low budget (the odd hostel stay, the odd meal out) maybe around 850£ per month.
The hard part about giving budget advice is what Low Budget means to you, can be totally different to the next poster. as you can see in this range examaple i gave from 100 - 850£ per month.
I met a guy recently who has backpacked mainland Europe for the past month and spent only 100 euros!
I hope this helps. Where do you see yourself placed in this range based on the budget you had in mind?
Edited by: simoncrook
May 29, 2013 6:53 PM
Thanks very much for your reply. It's great to hear from another Kiwi!
That was great information to give me a guideline. I'm a bit wary of hitchhiking as a lone female, so would probably prefer to use public transport. I've heard that's quite expensive in England though. I don't think i'd be too keen on dumpster diving either, so would probably use the supermarkets and go out for the odd meal. I think, the last option is probably most likely to fit me. I have a feeling once I get over there i'll feel like i'm missing out if I don't take in the local attractions, but hopefully will find enough free stuff! The budget you gave me even comes under $10,000!
May 30, 2013 1:50 AM
19I'd like to of course do a bit of sightseeing, but as cheaply as possible. I like museums, nature, hiking and festivals.
The only expensive bit of that is festivals - and I think they might be outside your budget range. Also, as tickets sell out quite quickly you won't know if you have enough cash to spare.
Most museums in England and Ireland are free. Walking too, though you might need to take a bus to a good spot..
If you know when you want to travel (dates) you can book ahead on megabus - links given above - very, very cheaply. Six months ahead, maybe, for maximum discount. and paying only £1 for a long journey but even three-four months ahead will get you one for £5 or less. The time saved and convenience beats hitchhiking.
Cheapest supermarkets are Lidl and Morrisons. And another one beginning with A (but not Asda) which we don't have round our way so i never remember its name. Perhaps someone here will? Don't dumpster-dive - it's illegal, as I said above. However, supermarkets do reduce prices at the end of the day - usually from about 5.00pm onwards - and you can pick up some bargains in this way.
Hostels - just google hostel + town to find the best range. I did that last year and found a good range of ones not always on the generic hostel booking sites.
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Jun 2, 2013 1:53 AM
Thanks very much for your reply. Some great suggestions there! Going to festivals isn't essential, maybe if I could afford to go to one it would be nice, but i'll live if I can't. I'm planning on living within the next 4 months maximum hopefully, so won't be able to book that far in advance for the bus, but hopefully far enough. I'm pretty good at eating on a budget, having just spent 7 months in Sydney. It's not cheap there either! Blackpool seems pretty affordable for hostels and i'd probably try and get a YHA card or something to save money.
Simon, I was born in Sydney, but grew up in New Zealand. I'm been in Hamilton since I was 15, before that, I was in Auckland. Where are you from?
Does anyone know if I can get a UK passport if my parents weren't married and my father is the one with the English heritage? The other alternative is an Ancestry Visa, but i've read that you need to use the whole 5 years in one go. Is this right? I don't want to spend 5 years there, 1 year maximum probably.
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