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1. Posted by vickivalen (Budding Member 13 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

$1000 is pretty much all i have with a one way ticket to the UK any advice on how to make money while there and how to get to other countries?? My plan so far is using helpx for free stays in exchange for work but anybody kno some cheap or free places to stay? Thank you :)

2. Posted by SkiBunny84 (Budding Member 26 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Couch Surfing is your friend

I've had good experiences with Couch Surfing both travelling and hosting. The key is, trust your gut, and make sure you stay with people with good references. It's also great because you can stay with locals to give you a really good feel for a place, and they can give you insider tips for where to go and what to see (and they know what's cheap).

If you're in the UK, remember that in London all state museums are free! British Museum, Tate Modern, etc....all free (or by donation, but if you dont' have anything it doesn't matter).

If you want to get around Europe, Easy Jet and Ryan Air are your friends...also watch out for sales (Ryan Air is having one right now).

For working, where are you coming from? If you're from somewhere like Australia or Canada you can get a working holiday visa for the UK (and other countries) if you're under 30, but I'm not sure about the US. Might have some kind of option like that too. You also might be able to pick up some freelance work under the table giving English lessons.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Sep-2011, at 01:58 by SkiBunny84 ]

3. Posted by vickivalen (Budding Member 13 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Great advice thank you! Im coming from california its my first solo trip i'll be sure to check couchsurfing

4. Posted by amsel07 (Budding Member 55 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

That's not to scare you, but with a one-way ticket and only $1000, it's not sure if UK immigration will let you enter. Be sure to have a definite plan lined out to tell them in case you are asked. If they only suspect you of trying to work illegally, you'll be sent back to California. UK immigration have become very strict.

5. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2576 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

With such a skinny budget why are you travelling to such an expensive destination? From California you have easy access to some of the cheapest places on the planet where your $1,000 could go a LONG way...

$1,000 in the UK and still trying to travel in Europe... that's my definition of torture...

Good luck.


6. Posted by trentb (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

1,000 buckaroos won't get you very far in the UK nor Europe. Even with Couchsurfing/hitching...

And you want to work 'illegally'. Unless you use travel writing/photography or something of the ilk.

You could try working in hostels - but that depends on need than anything else.

7. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2576 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

No experience... first solo trip... a measly $1,000 and a one way ticket to one of the most expensive destinations possible - with strict immigration/working laws too... honestly, I think you're setting yourself up for disaster.

Good luck.


8. Posted by mcphersonsammy (Budding Member 40 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I don't think it would be enough. And I can't seem to find a good suggestion on what you're looking for. So I hope you could find one and get one.