i am 30yrs old, Australian and would like to know where the best place in Europe would be to go and save some money then travel on it. My thoughts were working on cruise ships (the kind where everyone wants to party) or the pubs in London (i have about 5-6 years bar experience) for about 6 months and then traveling around Europe on the money i make. i also have pretty good computer skills and could see myself doing something such as help desk, however i don't have experience in the IT workforce. i don't have any set plans or places i want to visit as yet but i want to travel before i become to old to get a working visa. I'm not one for sight seeing landmarks, but love to meet new people especially from different cultures to learn more about them. so my main question is, "where can i make some cash?". any comments or tips welcome.
If you want to make a bit of money by working in bars then it's certainly possible in London, however as London is significantly more expensive to live in than the rest of the UK, maybe staying in one of the other big cities would be better. Why I would say that is that the difference between how much you'll be paid in London and the rest of the UK is likely to be smaller than the difference between how much you'll pay in living costs. Some other cities such as Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool and others have great nightlife, but are a lot cheaper to live in - particularly if you stay in one of the cheaper areas outside of the city centre.
so is the wage higher or the same in London than the other cities u mentioned? i heard there were pubs that catered for travelers. however i don't know where the better ones would be. any ideas?
Generally wages are higher in London because the living expenses are much higher than the rest of the UK. I can give an illustration of how much perhaps, because I'm a postgraduate student with a scholarship from one of the academic funding authorities in the UK and I'm paid £12,600 a year for living expenses, however if I lived in London I'd be paid £14,600. So according to the people who pay my scholarship at least, London costs around £2,000 more per year to live in than the rest of the UK. Ultimately then, you will be paid more, but if you're working in bars I'd strongly doubt you'll earn an extra £1,000 in 6 months from what you'd earn working in another city, so from a financial perspective (if not a social perspective) it's probably not worth it.
As for particular bars, I could only speak of Glasgow because I live here, but I don't know of any that particularly cater for travellers. I do know that there are so many bars here that anyone looking for bar work wouldn't have the slightest problem in finding it though and the same applies in the other cities mentioned (including London). Maybe one of the resident Londoners here can help you out with particular recommendations.
If you're a good saver, and can stop yourself from going out partying, you'll probably save the most in London because of the high pay. If you're not such a good saver, and want to go out partying a few times a month somewhere else might be a better bet, because of the high costs of entertainment/alcohol/etc.