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1. Posted by Shellbelle22 (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I'm looking at travelling through the UK, France and Italy.
I'm just wanting to know what rough costs and how much I will need to take with me 😊

2. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

To give yourself an idea, work out what it would cost you to visit Perth, where you live .. costs per day for a hotel or hostel ( use the TP accommodation page ), food & drink, entertainment, entrance fees, transport .. everything YOU would need for a day. Multiply that by the number of days you will be gone for. That would give you a base idea & also plant ideas in your head about what you would actually do while away.

Then go to various search sites to research flight costs to & from Europe & across Europe.

Bear in mind that you will probably not be able to work unless you get a work permit .. usually in advance .. Wikipedia gives a guide for tourist visas.

Check out working holiday visas .. the UK might be easier than France or Italy

This is a good page for UK stuff.

Do lots of research .. come back to the forum when you have more specific questions ..

Happy travels


3. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

How do you expect anyone to give you any advice on that if you give no indication of what you expect to spend money on?

A hostel or a hotel?
Food from a supermarket or upmarket restaurants?
Museum entry fees or all night clubbing/drinking?
Etc., etc.

It's easy to ask a question, it takes a bit more thought to ask a question that is going to get you relevant answers.

As asked, your question is unanswerable.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1966 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Only you know how much money you have available for this trip. After factoring in the cost of plane tickets to Europe and back to your country divide the remaining amount of your trip money by the number of days you will be away from home. This is a rough daily estimate. (Can you live on this amount of money?) If you find that you won't have enough money for decent accommodation, food, entertainment and local travel perhaps spend less time overseas.

You may have wealthy parents who will pay for everything or you may need a sugar daddy - who knows!!

A comparison for day to day costs in a big city back home is a start.

I personally wouldn't feel comfortable traveling with a huge amount of cash, maybe something like $20,000 in in my pockets! So you should know how to have access to spending money while you are away from home. Don't rely on a single credit or debit card because you could lose or damage a single card.

Perhaps you should research travel medical insurance too.

Take a look at weather available for the period you travel. Do some more research for when to visit.
Sample below:

You can use the internet to get prices for how much your flights will cost.

Have fun.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Feb-2017, at 09:58 by karazyal ]

5. Posted by Shellbelle22 (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Sorry guys,
I'm looking at going for a couple months.
I have $7k saved, that's purely living money tho not fights.
I'm looking at a budget stay, so hostels and cheaper alternatives, but also don't want to go without so want to see everything and will probably go out clubbing at least once every city.
Hope this helps? But thanks for the info you've already given.
I'm from Perth, Australia, if I compared a day living costs to give an estimate would it be accurate?

6. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Shellbelle22

Sorry guys,
I'm from Perth, Australia, if I compared a day living costs to give an estimate would it be accurate?

It would not even be accurate for the next day in Perth would it? .. but it would give you an idea of the things you need to consider .. your next step would be to research the price of what you want to do in Perth compared to say London .. or Paris.

For example .. if you drink beer, is it bottled or draught. If you drink vodka ,, is it straight or a cocktail. You can Google anything like that .. google any question you want .. "what is the cost of a pint of beer in London UK'.

Look at TP accommodation page .. use the filters to narrow your search for YOUR preferences.

You are going to have to use you imagination .. no one on any forum can give you an exact answer for vague questions. Ask a vague question .. get a vague answer.

But .. you have to start somewhere .. ask as many questions as you want .. no harm i asking & ignore any answers that do not suit you.


7. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 330 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

If thats $7K Aussie that equates to just over 5000 Euro, personally for me that would be enough. If you say 60 nights at 20 Euro for a dorm bed, thats 1200, then 3800 to spend on transport, sights and food/drink.
People travel to their own style, if you are happy to live and eat cheaply thats a very doable budget. However if you are going to be living the dream, out all the time and visiting every attraction available i'd be inclined to double that budget.
Good luck planning.

8. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Received wisdom says that a backpacker staying in hostel dorms, eating supermarket food and paying for the odd museum entry or beer (and I do mean odd beer as in a couple a week) needs around 50-60 Euros per day to survive in Western Europe and that does not include transportation. You can reduce that by around 10 euros for Eastern Europe. You also have to take into account 'survive' vs. 'enjoy'. I would rather enjoy 1 day than just survive for 2 days. I have seen a lot of backpackers in Europe who were so busy trying to find the cheapest everything in order to stay within a low budget, that they had no time to enjoy where they were.

So using those numbers and assuming around 5000 Euros as wizmor1977 calculates you would have, you can figure that around 100 days would be your absolute max but only if you never moved from somewhere in Eastern Europe as it doesn't include transportation.

Received wisdom also says that every day you are actually 'on the road' cost double what a day spent 'in' a place costs. So factor that into your thinking. If you moved 10 times, you could expect those 10 days to eat up at least 1000 of your 5000 total. Move less, spend less. Move less, spend more time 'in' places seeing/doing things, not in 'between' places seeing/doing less.

Bottom line, I personally would not want to plan on less than 100 Euros per day based on what you have written. At that level of budget you can afford to move around a few times and go clubbing a few times etc. You can afford a cheap restaurant meal sometimes and not have to live on pasta and rice cooked in the hostel every day.

Remember the golden rule of travel. Take twice as much money as you think you will need and pack half as much stuff as you first planned to pack.