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Where we are staying in London, England

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 3, 2008 in Plans |

Brits, Brazilians and Americans share a meal, Oct. 5, 2008.

Brits, Brazilians and Americans share a meal, Oct. 5, 2008.

Traveling is cheap.

What a bold statement, but our temporary housing here in expensive London is an example - more on that in a moment.

I’ll retry: living while traveling can be cheap.

This is a theme, an argument even, that will recur throughout our time blogging here, so I won’t belabor it, but the premise is that if you can get an opportunity to travel - without needing to hold down rent, mortgage or utility bills - in a transition of your life, you can live quite cheaply. WIth few checks to cut at home - student loans and credit card bills come to mind for Sean and I - your largest costs are housing and actual transportation.

Being hungry 20-something, young men, we’ll talk plenty about cutting food costs, while on the road (hint, highlight those important meals you need to have in a locale, and hit cantinas, markets or cook your own food when possible otherwise).

Transportation, too, will be a topic of conversation, as we, too, are already experiencing some headaches around that.

But housing is the great variable. Every knows about hostels - which are great. We’re expecting to spend 10 to 20 euros ($18 to $35) a night per person when we use hostels. But those are still big purchases.

What’s better yet? Making friends, using them. Two ways, network. Sean and I both reached deeply into contacts we have made in the past - so whenever you meet someone who lives abroad keep in contact with them and offer them your place to stay in return - and we will also use CouchSurfing.com throughout our jaunt. More on that in future posts.

Here in London, England - one of the world’s great expensive cities - we’re crashing in Hackney Wick, East London with a few buddies of Sean’s brother Brian. Few housing, showers and good company for doing dishes, sleeping on the ground and cooking a meal or two.

Sounds great to me. We’ll talk more about using friends, couch surfing and using the benefits of hostels, too. Any advice out there?

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