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Can you experienced travelers look at my budget?

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Can you experienced travelers look at my budget?

Hello, I'm going to England for the second time ever this year. I'm being a little more careful about my budget this year because I'm taking my child with me and I've got to get it right. I can't have us stranded there, short on funds.

I know it's odd but could you guys take a look at my expense list and tell me if you see anything major that I'm forgetting?

Expense list (in basic order):

Transportation to airport in America

Food & drink at airport

Plane to London

Hotel in London

ATM withdrawals in London

ATM fees in London

My banks international ATM fees

Food for entire trip

Tube in London

Toy money for my kid

Train to Paris

ATM withdrawal in Paris

ATM fee in Paris

My banks international ATM fee

Bus tour in paris

Seine cruise in paris

Food in paris

Flight back to America

Bus home in America

There's lots of small things like Camera, umbrella, etc that I didn't list. Anyone see anything major I'm forgetting about?

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1. Re: Can you experienced travelers look at my budget?

Entry to attractions (London especially). Unless you aren't going to any.

Also I hope you're buying Eurostar tickets asap, not leaving it till you're here - much more expensive.

Edited: 17 February 2011, 19:54
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2. Re: Can you experienced travelers look at my budget?

Thanks. I took that into account but that's exactly the kind of detail checking I needed.

There's a few attractions I have paid for but didn't list and there's a few that will be free. Anyone know if the L Louvre museum in Paris charges for entry?

Yeah I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the eurostar tickets. It came to about 210 dollars for a round trip for two people. I think I saved myself at least 200 dollars.

Edited: 17 February 2011, 20:02
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3. Re: Can you experienced travelers look at my budget?

The Louvre is free on the first Sunday of the month and free for your child if under 18. Otherwise 9 euros 50 cents.

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4. Re: Can you experienced travelers look at my budget?

Me, I would just plan on $8,000. and not over plan.

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5. Re: Can you experienced travelers look at my budget?

La Louvre charges EUR 14 for the combined ticket.

As for the rest of your list, it's going to vary wildly.

Transportation to airport in America - From where to which airport?

Food & drink at airport - I'd guess $10 per head?

Plane to London - Anything from $400-$2000 depending on time of year and class of travel

Hotel in London - Anything from GBP 80-400 per room, per night

ATM withdrawals in London - Free

ATM fees in London - Free

My banks international ATM fees - Check with your bank

Food for entire trip- Depends how long you will be here. Budget on GBP 20 per person per day perhaps

Tube in London - Depends on where you go. An Oyster Card might be best, that reduces an Underground journey within Zone 1 to £2 from £4

Toy money for my kid - What toys does your kid want?

Train to Paris - www.eurostar.com Book as soon as possible for the best fares. Can be done for GBP 58 one way

ATM withdrawal in Paris - Free, although your bank may charge

ATM fee in Paris - As above

My banks international ATM fee - Check with your bank

Bus tour in paris - Post this question in the Paris Forum for locals' advice

Seine cruise in paris - As above

Food in paris - As above, but shouldn't think it will be much different to London

Flight back to America - Between $400 - $2000 depending on time of year and class of travel

Bus home in America - From where to where? You'd be better asking this in the local forum. We can tell you the bus fares in London

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6. Re: Can you experienced travelers look at my budget?

I think the OP is asking what elements are missing/to account for, not exactly what they cost (apart from entry to the Louvre in post no 2) so that he/she can 'do the math'.

On which point the OP might want to add souvenirs/presents for people back home?

Mobile (cell) phone and some sort of call plan?

Edited: 17 February 2011, 20:18
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7. Re: Can you experienced travelers look at my budget?

Theatre tickets, if that's your thing. (Major part of *my * budget.)

Edited: 17 February 2011, 20:34
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8. Re: Can you experienced travelers look at my budget?

You might want to budget for transportation to and from the airport in London (it will vary depending on which airport you arrive at) and for getting around Paris.

Edited: 17 February 2011, 20:38
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9. Re: Can you experienced travelers look at my budget?

<<I think the OP is asking what elements are missing/to account for, not exactly what they cost >>

Well spotted. It's been a hard day :-)

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<Food for entire trip- Depends how long you will be here. Budget on GBP 20 per person per day perhaps>

Really? I've not yet been to London, but everything I'm reading seems to indicate eating 3 meals a day, even on the cheap, will be more than this per person.

Even with well-researched coupons & 2-4-1 deals, I was budgeting GBP 30 per person per day, at restaurants like Giraffe, Pret A Manger, pubs, etc.

Any thoughts from those who live there/ have more experience than I?