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1. Posted by Povah86 (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

Hi All,

I am heading to the UK on June 1st and plan to travel around the UK and Europe for a period of up to 6 months. I will be heading over with about $20,000 aus dollars so this leaves me about $133 aus dollars a day.

I plan to stay at hostels, go out a bit and visit some major tourist attractions. I dont want to miss out on things because of being scared of running out of money. Would $133 aus dollars a day be enough to travel and survive on without skimpin to much on travel, going out and seeing major attractions?

This is my estimates per day hopefully i am not to far off. Oviously it with differ from place to place and some days i will do more than others.

Food - $30
Accomodation - $50
Travel - $20
Entry to Attraction - $30
Goon bag - $3

Cheers Owen

[ Edit: Edited at Apr 21, 2008 6:22 PM by Povah86 ]

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Quoting Povah86

Would $133 aus dollars a day be enough to travel and survive on without skimpin to much on travel, going out and seeing major attractions?

As a rule of thumb, 50 EUR per day is ultra-minimum. That is approx. 85 AUD.

133 AUD are currently 78 EUR. Sounds fine for a bit of splurging once in a while, but don't expect 4-star accomodation or eating out every day. You'll definitely need this amount of money in cities like London or Paris, where you easily pay 30 EUR (50 AUD) for a hostel bed and 5 EUR for a coffee-to-go.

BTW, your travel budget is very low. Europe is big and public transport expensive. 11 EUR/20 AUD will not even buy you a day ticket on the public transport system in quite a number of cities, much less get you from A to B. I would like to suggest you safe more on accomodation, maybe rent a room for a month, do couchsurfing or invest into a good quality tent.

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y

i love these posts. It really depends on where you travel in Europe. I cant say enuff on this forum - if you want your money to go further, and have a better time spending it. Go TO THE EAST! The baltics and balkans are the cheapest of all of Europe. In Western Europe ur budget is not enuff. no way. U have no budget for nightlife? In West Europe - 600 US dollars a week is what I spend. And that is hostels and occasionally eating out, but drinking every day, and a train trip or two to another city. Trains are very expensive now in Western Europe. Esp UK.

Like Tmaia said, travel is gna be ur biggest expense. Go East really.

4. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

you can cut the costs down my taking night trains (accom and travel in one), take a tent, or couchsurf...... youll have more $$ then...

but yeah, your money will go SO MUCH further if you go to eastern europe, even for a few weeks, your wallet will thank you!

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Another thing: Have you looked into getting a Working Holiday Visa? First it will allow you to stay for longer than the normal 90 days inside the Schengen zone and second it will allow you to work if you get low on cash.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Agreement

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

$133 is about 50 pounds.

It's really the bare minimum and there's no fat in your budget to pay for the one off expensive things that you might want to do.

It will make it difficult for decent food and the odd big night out.

That said, you'll still have an absolute blast.

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Quoting jaxstar84

but yeah, your money will go SO MUCH further if you go to eastern europe, even for a few weeks, your wallet will thank you!

It also goes alot further in Tunisia, Morrocco and Turkey. These countries can easily be reached by ferry from Spain, Italy and Greece. There is also train and bus to Turkey. Plus you can play around with them regarding time spent in the Schengen zone if you decide against a WHV.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 22, 2008, at 4:55 AM by t_maia ]

8. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

Quoting t_maia

Another thing: Have you looked into getting a Working Holiday Visa? First it will allow you to stay for longer than the normal 90 days inside the Schengen zone and second it will allow you to work if you get low on cash.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Agreement

good idea!
i have one for germany, it was cheap, pretty easy to get (as long as you have all the paperwork) and valid for a year... the UK visa is expensive, and lasts for 2 years, which is better saved up if you really wanna live and work in the UK sometime, in my opinion anywya... if you wanna stay longer you can just go to a german embassy and apply for it in there, you dont have to apply from australia, so its really handy if youre on the road and just decide that you wanna stay longer... it cost me about €70 max, the UK visa costs $500 or something... bah!

9. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Quoting jaxstar84

i have one for germany, it was cheap, pretty easy to get (as long as you have all the paperwork) and valid for a year... if you wanna stay longer you can just go to a german embassy and apply for it in there, you dont have to apply from australia, so its really handy if youre on the road and just decide that you wanna stay longer... it cost me about €70 max,

Since jaxstar's post was a tad confusing (sorry to be a stuck-up German civil service nitpicker):

You can only apply for the WHV to Germany at the German embassy in Australia.

But if you want to stay in Germany after your WHV is up, you can apply for a residency permit at the local foreigner's office in Germany. This is under the condition that you are a citizen from a privileged country (Australia, USA, NZ, Canada, Japan, etc), can support yourself and have health insurance. You best do it when you have an employer at hand who is willing to battle with the authorities for work permit on your behalf.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 22, 2008, at 6:11 AM by t_maia ]

10. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

no you dont have to be in australia to get a german working holiday visa.. i got mine in amsterdam after being here for over a year with a dutch visa...

but when i said "if you want to stay longer" i meant stay longer after the 90 schengen days... then you should get a WHV...

it waas really easy at the german embassy in amsterdam, you just have to have all the paperwork with you - health insurance, a flight out, show that you have enough money and a few things like that...

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 22, 2008, at 10:38 AM by jaxstar84 ]