Dear Anglotopia: I’m a 21 year old from Chicago and I’ve been saving to visit London for a while now. It would be my first time there and I would be going by myself for about 2 weeks. I wasn’t sure of how much to save first off, where to stay for cheap, and if it’s safe for a girl to travel alone? Any other info would be wonderful 🙂 I look forward to hearing back from you!
Hi London Dreaming:
Thanks for getting in touch!
Well, budget about:
$1000 for a return plane ticket (though from Chicago right now you can snag one for under $900 depending on when you go).
$150 a night for a passable hotel, $250 a night for a nice hotel. Since you’ll be there for 2 weeks, you might also want to consider renting a self-catering flat – cheaper! Try out http://londonconnection.com
$100 a day spending money – at least but that depends on how much you like to shop and spend money. Some people can do it on a lot less. Most of the attractions in London are free so your biggest costs will be food, shopping, souvenirs and transport (minimize this by getting an Oyster Card).
So, roughly about $5,000 total. You can certainly do it for much less, depending on how much you’d like to suffer.
It’s perfectly safe to travel to London alone as a woman – just be on your guard. Don’t stay in a dodgy neighborhood (hint the hotels under $100 a night).
This guest article might also be useful: http://www.anglotopia.net/anglophilia/guest-post-a-single-girls-guide-to-travelling-in-london/
I would also recommend leaving London for a couple days – perhaps taking in Oxford, York or Bath all easily reached by train (cheaply as well).
Have a good trip!