How To Set a Realistic Budget for Your Trip to Britain

The number one thing you can do to ensure you have a trip that goes smoothly is to plan ahead well in advance. It all starts in the planning stages, from where you are going to stay to what you are going to eat to what you are going to see. When thinking about all of this it is really important to start with the money you plan to spend. Set a budget when you are in the planning stage. You need to decide what will come out of these funds, for example, will your hotel bill come out of this or will that be paid ahead of time.

As you are planning the days of your trip, do some research. A lot of attractions and sites are free in England, such as most museums. So do your research because some attractions such as The Tower of London is not free. If you are staying in London in particular, keep in mind that it is one of the priciest cities in the world, that does not mean that it can’t be done on a budget, you just really need to plan ahead. So when you are doing your planning set a loose itinerary and see how much it will cost you to see what you want to see.

Along with seeing the sights, you are going to have to plan, on how you plan to get to those sites. It is awesome if you are in walking distance, but what if you aren’t? You can make your way around most cities cheaply using public transportation. Do some research here. A lot of public transportation systems offer some sort of multiple ride program, this may save you a lot of money. Another good thing to know is, when does public transport run? On one of my first trips abroad I had a very early train to catch and I went to jump on the Tube in London only to see that it was open! The Tube does not run 24 hours a day. I ended up having to take a cab, which was an unexpected expense.

One of the most important things to budget for is food. I have found myself thinking, well if I only eat one meal a day or just snack throughout the day I will have more money to see things. This is a huge mistake, learned from experience. You need to eat well. Set a realistic budget for food. A good hearty breakfast is a must, a light lunch and a big dinner. There are many tips on Budget Britain Guide on how to eat on the cheap. Do not deprive yourself food money for other things. You will end up hungry and feeling lousy. You want to be in top shape to see the sites, because there is usually a lot of walking involved. Make sure to stay hydrated too!

Last but not least, make sure to leave a little “cushion” of funds for the unexpected. It really isn’t a good idea not to have some emergency funds should you need them for any reason. Make sure you can access these funds while you are abroad if you need to. They won’t do you much good if you have them and can’t get to them. Another word of caution here, is be street smart when trying to cut costs, for instance never take an unlicensed taxi cab because you may get a better deal, you won’t!

The key to setting a travel budget is to plan well in advance. Plan an itinerary, deciding what you want to see. Research how much entrance fees are to attractions, will you need transportation to get there? Also, set a good meal plan for yourself. With a little bit of planning and forethought you can have a wonderful time on your vacation abroad.

A good guide is that for a trip to Britain, centered on London, expect to pay $3,000-4,000 USD. You can do it for cheaper but that all depends on how much you want to suffer.

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