Travel for Cheap: Hostel in England and Transportation in England

Travel for Cheap: Hostel in England and Transportation in England

Posted 6.7.2012 in Articles by Jess

A lot of people get discouraged when thinking about planning a trip to England. There's the visa fee, airfare and baggage fees, taxis, hotels, transportation, eating and drinking expenses to worry about—and those are just to name a few. Instead of getting stressed out and deciding to put your trip off for another year, travel cheaply. Unless you want to take a luxury vacation, why not stay at a hostel in England instead of paying for a fancy hotel? You don't have to rent a car or take taxis everywhere to get around either. Transportation in England can be cheap and get you where you want to go. Travelling to England on a budget can be rewarding because you can use the extra cash you saved on something else. Now you can afford to buy those awesome but unnecessary souvenirs like that snow globe of Prince William and Kate Middleton your sister wanted so badly or that bright pink “I <3 London” t-shirt your mom begged you to bring back.

There are many advantages to travelling cheaply, though it may mean foregoing some of the comforts in a luxury resort such as maid service. One way to save money is by staying in a hostel, which is much cheaper than staying in an expensive hotel. Hostels have beds in bunks or in dormitory-style rooms, or have private rooms available.

In England, the English and Welsh YHA manage 220 youth hostels and 50 campsites. To stay in such a hostel requires buying a membership card at one location, but these cards can be used in other YHA locations worldwide. Otherwise, England also has independent hostels that don’t require membership. City hostels in London may be larger and attract more people or have more facilities, though smaller hostels are available. Hostels are a good way to meet people and socialize, with common areas and self-catering options, as well as options such as DVD-sharing.

Hostels may be less private or secure than hotels, as they do involve communal living. The atmosphere in a hostel is different from that of a traditional hotel or bed and breakfast, as hostels tend to attract adventuresome backpackers rather than those looking for a leisurely vacation. and are good sites to find and book hostels during your stay. Popular hostels in England include The Bunkroom, in Chester, England, which is 2 minutes away from the train and very close to the Chester city center, surrounded by cafes and pubs. It is a spacious, high quality hostel with room for 28, includes free tea and coffee and color TV. In London, YHA London Oxford Street is a popular stop, with enough private rooms, two, three, and four bedrooms, or dormitory style living for almost 100 people. Facilities include a self-catering kitchen and internet/WiFi access.

Cheap ways of travelling in Europe include taking the train or bus. Buying a Eurail pass can take you not only around England but across 23 different countries. There are express and local trains to take you around smaller regions as well, including England.

London’s Underground (or the Tube) is very efficient and passes can be bought for very cheap. There are also buses available to small towns every day, and once having arrived at a small town there is no need for a rented car because it’s easy enough to walk everywhere.

In fact, renting a car is very expensive in comparison when England’s public transportation system is so affordable and efficient. Even if you don’t want to backpack around Europe, public transportation and hostels should get you where you want to go and a reasonable place to sleep without breaking the bank—after all, otherwise, Europe is not cheap.

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