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1. Posted by samgrafix (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'm about to visit the U.K. for the first time. I am an American who has never been abroad. I am hoping to travel the world, but I am not a wealthy person. I don't know much about hostels or how to find work while traveling. I would appreciate any advice. Thank You.

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5. Posted by Sparhawke (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hello there, I am English myself and though I dont know about the rest of the country I will talk about Manchester :)

It rains, a LOT so make sure you generally have at least a sweater in your backpack, something that will keep you dry in a sudden downpour. Now that talking of the weather is out of the way on to the good stuff :p

I actually spent a few nights in Manchester some months back while preparing for a trip myself and stayed at the Hatters Hostel, which costs about £15 per night on average, more on weekend obviously. It is in a great location; about 10 minutes walk from that main train station and 5-10 minutes from the main coach station that links you to everywhere else.

Here is a map of the location, as you can see Piccadilly is right next to it and it also happens to be a place in Manchester that absolutely everyone around knows so you will not get lost for long :p

The world famous curry mile is about 5 minutes away on the bus which are about 3 minutes walk away with the central shopping district just down the road.

Manchesters china town is good for meals out of an evening though on the weekend especially it is best to travel in packs, this way you are less likely to get waylaid by random people in the street (it does happen that everyone on the street needs 50p and saying it doesnt wouldnt be good)

The world famous (those words are back again) Manchester United football club is within easy bus travel distance as is the trafford center shopping center, not as large as some of your native malls though :p

If you are into hiking Englands finest Park district is next door where you can wander off for a day or two, just ask for the "Lakes" :)

You shouldn't really have too much trouble travelling around anyway, a full day travel pass for the buses costs about equivilent of $8 and with this you can use 90% of the buses in the whole district.

Sorry I cannot give more but if you have questions I check these forums on occasion :)

6. Posted by samgrafix (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thank you very much for the information. I hope to see as much of England as possible.

If you have any questions on the States, please feel free to ask.

7. Posted by nics26 (Budding Member 55 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi ... I live in Liverpool (UK) and if you need any advice about this part of our fab country then PM me .... id be glad to help!!!

8. Posted by samgrafix (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thank you for offering your assistance. Right now the biggest question I have is how to get a work visa. I've been to the UK immigration website and looked at all the visas I could find. I don't think I qualify for any of them. My brother-in-law and sister live in Newcastle and are currently trying to help me with my visa. I could use any information though.

I love England. It's thrilling to see all the culture and history. I don't think the States have much of either.