A trip to the United Kingdom is a rite of passage for any Kiwi traveller. Between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island, the UK has plenty for you to spend your newly acquired Pounds on that’s for sure. Whether you want to have a bath in Bath or watch an Ashes game at Lords, the UK has plenty enough for the discerning Kiwi traveller.
But how does one begin planning a trip to the old motherland?
If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got the method right here for you so you can spend more time planning the fun stuff than worrying about your bank balance.
What goes into a travel budget?
The big Kahuna for any trip to the UK are the flights. We couldn’t be any further from the UK if we tried, and the result is a painstaking process of multiple flights, tallying up to at least 24 hours and close to $2000 of precious NZD. Spare a though for travellers in the 50’s when it sometimes took up to 2 weeks to reach old Blighty!
Getting around the UK can eat into the travel kitty a bit too, the London taxis don’t go easy on the hip pocket and if you’re doing any longer legs on the trains they can add up pretty quickly too. Make sure you research the places you want to go and how to get there to avoid transport bill shock when you arrive.
You’re going to need a place to crash, and while couch surfing is a great way to meet people and wake up on a stranger’s couch a few thousand miles from home, it’s not the most comfortable way of travelling. Whether you’re looking to cut costs by staying in backpacker hostels or you’re going to be living large in one of the many palaces, don’t forget to write it all down and plan, plan, plan.
I can already taste that Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Comfort food galore abounds in the UK and there’s no shortage of food to blow your newly acquired Pounds on, that’s for sure. We’re not here to judge, so if you plan on eating 2 pies and chips for breakfast every morning that’s your decision, we’re just here to make sure you budget for it.
You’re not flying across the world to sit in your hotel room scrolling through Instagram all day are you? How are you supposed to make everyone stuck at work jealous doing that? Think of any entrance fees to attractions, museums or parks you’re thinking of visiting and add it all up.
Other pre-departure budget expenses
You’re going on holiday, so it’s totally ok to have a splurge too. Just make sure you leave spare room in the budget for any off the cuff spending sprees or souvenir shopping for your favourite Uncle. Don’t forget your travel insurance as well, if you can’t afford insurance, you can’t afford to travel.
How much does a UK trip cost?
Don’t you wish there was a magical holiday planning fairy that would take your NZD and convert it to how much you’ll need for your UK adventure? It’s more robot than fairy, but we put a bunch of them together and created the Holiday Budget Calculator. Using a super complex algorithm combining Numbeo data and our exchange rates, we can translate your budget into any currency with the click of a button.