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1. Posted by Brookejb_ (Budding Member 14 posts) 26w

Hey guys.
Doing a solo working holiday in the UK. I'm Aussie so our dollar is basically halved when I get there 😞
If anyone has done this before how much have you saved or suggest saving before getting there? Spoken to an Aussie girl at the moment she said save atleast 10 grand cause it's sooo hard living there. I've got like 7 right now and going through a company (money sucks cause I wanna be gone on the ASAP 😢✈️)
I've only ever been to Thailand and Bali so I was also wondering if people visit before going or if anyone has been straight up just gone and lived and worked there even if they've never been. Thought that's part of the experience but heaps of people seem shocked that I haven't even visited before and am doing this?
I just need help. Thanks in advance x

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jun-2016, at 16:06 by Brookejb_ ]

2. Posted by Brookejb_ (Budding Member 14 posts) 26w

Cheers

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jun-2016, at 16:04 by Brookejb_ ]

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2458 posts) 26w

1.) The UK is super expensive.

2.) The rest of the developing world is (mostly) not.

What was your question again?

Cheers,
Terry

4. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 653 posts) 26w

The dollar exchange rate is halved, but that's just an exchange rate and doesn't hurt you. UK prices work out similar or cheaper than Australia - outside of London I'd say cost of living is a bit less than in Oz.

With the cost of flights and the jetlag to adapt to, nipping over for a test holiday isn't so appealing. Lots of Aussie backpackers just bite the bullet and come over for their big trip. The UK isn't scary as it's so culturally similar to Australia, and then it's an easy springboard for short trips to explore Europe.

5. Posted by Brookejb_ (Budding Member 14 posts) 26w

Quoting Andyf

The dollar exchange rate is halved, but that's just an exchange rate and doesn't hurt you. UK prices work out similar or cheaper than Australia - outside of London I'd say cost of living is a bit less than in Oz.

With the cost of flights and the jetlag to adapt to, nipping over for a test holiday isn't so appealing. Lots of Aussie backpackers just bite the bullet and come over for their big trip. The UK isn't scary as it's so culturally similar to Australia, and then it's an easy springboard for short trips to explore Europe.

That's more of a positive reply. Thanks. So over hearing people be so negative about it.
Have you been to places outside of London that are cheaper and you suggest maybe I look into?
As I've never been it's all so new to me. I want somewhere with young people still around or even a good night life and the rent not too expensive compared to London. Maybe I'm dreamin.

6. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 457 posts) 26w

Large-ish city, full of life but cheaper than London? Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield - northern cities with a bit of character and fairly large student populations which usually makes for lots of rentable accommodation, cheaper bars and cheaper cafes. If walking's your thing you can get out to the Peak District or the North York Moors or the York Dales, you can get to the coast for a bit of bracing sea air and Scotland's only three or four hours away by car too. Enjoy! :)

7. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 653 posts) 26w

I agree with Boris's points and would add Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh. All are close to good outdoorsy stuff, though I don't know about price of rents.

You could also think about which bits of Europe would be good to explore on the weekends. Skyscanner will give you an idea which cities airports have budget flights to places you'd like to see.

Food and drink seems cheaper to me than in Australia - I think we have more competition both in supermarkets and pubs.

London can be a very different experience to the rest of England, maybe that's what that Aussie girl experienced - crazy prices down there.

8. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 289 posts) 26w

Well first things first. Have you applied for a Working Holiday Visa already? That's the first thing to sort out. If you haven't done that yet, you won't be going anywhere ASAP. As for the rest, bring as much money as you can and take it from there.

I notice you mention, "going through a company". Does that mean you are paying some third party company for help doing this? If so, you're wasting your money. Get a WHV, get on a plane, go. Stay in a couple of hostels and you will soon suss things out. It isn't rocket science.

9. Posted by Brookejb_ (Budding Member 14 posts) 26w

Quoting OldPro

Well first things first. Have you applied for a Working Holiday Visa already? That's the first thing to sort out. If you haven't done that yet, you won't be going anywhere ASAP. As for the rest, bring as much money as you can and take it from there.

I notice you mention, "going through a company". Does that mean you are paying some third party company for help doing this? If so, you're wasting your money. Get a WHV, get on a plane, go. Stay in a couple of hostels and you will soon suss things out. It isn't rocket science.

Stop commenting on my forums, you're so negative. Obviously I've applied for my visa and you need that before going anyway. Far out. And if I want to "waste" my money to have support I'll do that so hush. πŸ™„ I see why you name yourself pro now. Look out big pro traveller here sorry

10. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 653 posts) 26w

Brooke, I agree with every word of your reply apart from the "sorry". :-)

Everyone travels differently. We come here for ideas and opinions but there's ultimately no right and wrong. It's your time and money, and it's your choice.