Is London Affordable for Americans??

Description of your first forum.

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by X Y » Wed, 29 Apr 2009 07:00:29


Since our economy is in the pits (with lots of other countries) and our
dollar is tanking, I wondered if any Americans in this group can share
if they found London affordable to visit now?

London always has been an expensive place for Americans but I am
concerned if it has gotten more so due to the above monetary problems
and our dollar.  Any information you can share will be greatly
appreciated.  Thanks!

Trice

 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by S Viemeiste » Wed, 29 Apr 2009 08:37:13



> Since our economy is in the pits (with lots of other countries) and our
> dollar is tanking, I wondered if any Americans in this group can share
> if they found London affordable to visit now?

> London always has been an expensive place for Americans but I am
> concerned if it has gotten more so due to the above monetary problems
> and our dollar.  Any information you can share will be greatly
> appreciated.  Thanks!

Your information is somewhat out of date.  The pound has gone from
around $2.11 last year to about $1.46 now.
 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by Jean O'Boyl » Wed, 29 Apr 2009 12:41:08



Quote:

> Since our economy is in the pits (with lots of other countries) and our
> dollar is tanking, I wondered if any Americans in this group can share
> if they found London affordable to visit now?

> London always has been an expensive place for Americans but I am
> concerned if it has gotten more so due to the above monetary problems
> and our dollar.  Any information you can share will be greatly
> appreciated.  Thanks!

> Trice

You would be wise to go now. The dollar is worth much more now than when we
were there last April.
London is expensive but very much worth it. We look forward to going again
soon as four days was too short of a time to see all that we wanted to see
and do.

--Jean

 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by mikeo » Wed, 29 Apr 2009 15:11:33



> Since our economy is in the pits (with lots of other countries) and our
> dollar is tanking, I wondered if any Americans in this group can share
> if they found London affordable to visit now?

> London always has been an expensive place for Americans but I am
> concerned if it has gotten more so due to the above monetary problems
> and our dollar.  Any information you can share will be greatly
> appreciated.  Thanks!

Now's the time. Read yesterday that the pound has fallen against the US$
around 25% in the last few months.
 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by Pentaxuse » Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:12:00



>if it has gotten more so due to the above monetary problems
>and our dollar.

the collapse of part of the banking industry was replicated in UK with
a consequential fall in sterling, so you should be OK. It could be
good to read more world news :-)
--
Mike
 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by hackamor » Thu, 30 Apr 2009 04:37:21



> Since our economy is in the pits (with lots of other countries) and our
> dollar is tanking, I wondered if any Americans in this group can share
> if they found London affordable to visit now?

> London always has been an expensive place for Americans but I am
> concerned if it has gotten more so due to the above monetary problems
> and our dollar.  Any information you can share will be greatly
> appreciated.  Thanks!

> Trice

Hi,

I haven't checked in the last few days but the Pound had tanked worse
than the dollar and London has been a good deal lately.

Hotels still a bit high... but airfare from the US to the UK is usually
cheaper than continental europe... and I find that once I'm there normal
living expenses (meals, drinks, museum fees) are quite reasonable... in
fact most museums are FREE.

ttyl

--

Hackamore
http://www.hackamore.com
http://hackamoretravel.blogspot.com

 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by mikeo » Fri, 01 May 2009 02:03:50



> Hotels still a bit high... but airfare from the US to the UK is usually
> cheaper than continental europe... and I find that once I'm there normal
> living expenses (meals, drinks, museum fees) are quite reasonable... in
> fact most museums are FREE.

Yes, we must be MAD!
 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by Hatune » Fri, 01 May 2009 03:32:01






>> Since our economy is in the pits (with lots of other countries) and our
>> dollar is tanking, I wondered if any Americans in this group can share
>> if they found London affordable to visit now?

>> London always has been an expensive place for Americans but I am
>> concerned if it has gotten more so due to the above monetary problems
>> and our dollar.  Any information you can share will be greatly
>> appreciated.  Thanks!

>> Trice

>That depends on which Americans you are referring to. My cousin who is
>on disability certainly wouldn't find London affordable, but I am going
>there on vacation in June and based on the prices I have seen online ...
>no problem.

Which raises the question, ""Affordable" in what way?" For a
holiday? To live in? And what do you personally consider
"affordable"; I can afford quite a bit more than some other
people.

--

   *       Tucson Arizona, out where the cacti grow         *
   * My typos & mispellings are intentional copyright traps *

 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by reloserv.. » Thu, 30 Apr 2009 22:54:15


it depends if you are one of the few welthy americans......
 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by pold » Fri, 01 May 2009 15:05:59





> > Since our economy is in the pits (with lots of other countries) and our
> > dollar is tanking, I wondered if any Americans in this group can share
> > if they found London affordable to visit now?

> > London always has been an expensive place for Americans but I am
> > concerned if it has gotten more so due to the above monetary problems
> > and our dollar.  Any information you can share will be greatly
> > appreciated.  Thanks!

> Your information is somewhat out of date.  The pound has gone from
> around $2.11 last year to about $1.46 now.

Well it was around $1.60 back in July 2006 when I last went.

So not much of a savings, at around $1.50.

Some were predicting the pound was falling towards parity with the
dollar but that never happened.

Even at parity, central London would be expensive.

 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by X Y » Fri, 01 May 2009 22:13:08


Quote:>Which raises the question, ""Affordable" in
> what way?" For a holiday? To live in? And
> what do you personally consider "affordable";
> I can afford quite a bit more than some other
> people.

To clarify:  For a week or two vacation.  Like how many thousands of
American dollars would one need ??   I guess the best thing for me to do
is keep aware of what the pound is to the dollar closer to the time of
the "hoped for" trip.

My question appears to be stupid because a trip in the US can be much
cheaper if one is staying at the YMCA rather than the Waldorf where our
poster who "can afford quite a bit more than some other people"  would
probably prefer.<g  It's all relative to what one can and wants to spend
I guess.  Thanks anyway!

Trice

 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by Hatune » Sat, 02 May 2009 03:27:22



>>Which raises the question, ""Affordable" in
>> what way?" For a holiday? To live in? And
>> what do you personally consider "affordable";
>> I can afford quite a bit more than some other
>> people.

>To clarify:  For a week or two vacation.  Like how many thousands of
>American dollars would one need ??   I guess the best thing for me to do
>is keep aware of what the pound is to the dollar closer to the time of
>the "hoped for" trip.

>My question appears to be stupid because a trip in the US can be much
>cheaper if one is staying at the YMCA rather than the Waldorf where our
>poster who "can afford quite a bit more than some other people"  would
>probably prefer.<g  It's all relative to what one can and wants to spend
>I guess.  Thanks anyway!

Actually, I don't think of myself as being able to afford the
Waldorf and in London we either stay with friends or get a B&B
sort of place. There's no need to be flip about this. Forget the
Walorf, there is also a difference between staying at one of the
standard hotels or at one of the converted homes near Victoria
Station.

Your idotic comment that "My question appears to be stupid
because a trip in the US can be much cheaper if one is staying at
the YMCA rather than the Waldorf..." Your trip in the USA can
also be cheaper using hostels instead of Motel 6. So the question
remains, what do you think is "affordable"? It's almost
impossible to answer your original question without some sort of
guidance from you.

"For a week or two vacation" provides no guidance at all. We
aren't even informed what sort of meals you would like, but you
still expect us to tell you how much it would cost. Get a grip.

I do know that the prices on menus look just fine at first glance
until you realize they're in pounds and not dollars.

--

   *       Tucson Arizona, out where the cacti grow         *
   * My typos & mispellings are intentional copyright traps *

 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by X Y » Sat, 02 May 2009 07:39:44


Wow!  There sure is a misunderstanding about my post.  I was not
referring to "your" question, Mr. Hatunen, being stupid but my own
because I realized I did not give any details which would help give me
some idea of a better answer.  

I was just joking about the Waldorf.  I know we are having bad times
here in the US and in Europe but can't one still have a sense of humor?
I appreciated the responses I did get but was certainly not trying to be
flip in my post.

 I will just keep a close watch on the currency exchange between US and
London and figure out for myself what a trip should cost closer to the
time of travel.

Trice

 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by Hatune » Sat, 02 May 2009 11:50:24



>Wow!  There sure is a misunderstanding about my post.  I was not
>referring to "your" question, Mr. Hatunen, being stupid but my own
>because I realized I did not give any details which would help give me
>some idea of a better answer.

My apologies if the apparent sarcasm was a misapprehension on my
part.  

Quote:>I was just joking about the Waldorf.  I guess it wasn't misapprehended.
>I know we are having bad times
>here in the US and in Europe but can't one still have a sense of humor?

People who are insulting qalways seem to end up saying "Can't you
take a joke?"

Quote:>I appreciated the responses I did get but was certainly not trying to be
>flip in my post.

> I will just keep a close watch on the currency exchange between US and
>London and figure out for myself what a trip should cost closer to the
>time of travel.

It would be interesting to know what your criterion is for an
exchange rate that might kill your trip.

--

   *       Tucson Arizona, out where the cacti grow         *
   * My typos & mispellings are intentional copyright traps *

 
 
 

Is London Affordable for Americans??

Post by barn.. » Sun, 03 May 2009 20:12:33



Quote:> >Which raises the question, ""Affordable" in
> > what way?" For a holiday? To live in? And
> > what do you personally consider "affordable";
> > I can afford quite a bit more than some other
> > people.

> To clarify: ?For a week or two vacation. ?Like how many thousands of
> American dollars would one need ?? ? I guess the best thing for me to do
> is keep aware of what the pound is to the dollar closer to the time of
> the "hoped for" trip.

> My question appears to be stupid because a trip in the US can be much
> cheaper if one is staying at the YMCA rather than the Waldorf where our
> poster who "can afford quite a bit more than some other people" ?would
> probably prefer.<g ?It's all relative to what one can and wants to spend
> I guess. ?Thanks anyway!

> Trice

You could spend much more or you could spend much less, but around
$1500 for a week (excluding airfare) would be a reasonable budget
giving you some flexibility (i.e. you wouldn't have your whole trip
dictated by the necessity of always taking the cheapest options).

If there are two of you it would be a lot less than double that
because the bulk of the cost is accommodation - maybe in the low $2Ks.