On May 9, 2014, I will turn 30 years old. As a reward to myself for making it that far (let's be honest, it was a close run thing for a while), I'm going to spend my 30th birthday in England.
I just spent about 30 minutes crunching numbers and I figured out that, based on today's prices, which I realize are going to change in the next three years, it would cost roughly $2,124.08 for me to spend a week traveling around the country. I've worked out two nights in London, two nights in Yorkshire, two nights in the New Forest and a night in London before my flight back. I haven't settled exactly on Yorkshire and the New Forest as places to go, I just used them as stand-ins, but I love them both. I am open to suggested destinations.
Conversely, it would cost roughly $2,820.44 for me spend the whole week in London. That seemed a little odd to me, but London is one of the world's most expensive cities. I haven't decided which travel plan to go with yet. I love England as a whole, but London is, and always will be, my first love.
These numbers include everything from air fare, hotel rental, Brit rail and London Passes, spending money for food and general spending money. The only thing not included is getting my passport changed, it still says 'Margaret Eaton.'
My mother may have created a monster with this budgeting thing, I took those numbers and divided them by 128, the number of weeks between now and my 30th birthday. I discovered that to have enough money I would have to save $16.59 each week to travel around the country and $22.03 each week to stay in London.
This seems entirely doable. Who's coming with me? England 2014.